Two Hampden Girl Scouts earn Gold Awards

Posted June 13, 2014, at 2:48 p.m.
Last modified June 13, 2014, at 3:04 p.m.
Paige Rainford, a senior at Hampden Academy, displays the Girl Scout Gold Award she received June 1 at a ceremony at Hampden Academy.
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Paige Rainford, a senior at Hampden Academy, displays the Girl Scout Gold Award she received June 1 at a ceremony at Hampden Academy.
Olivia Duron of Hampden holds her Girl Scout Gold Award, Girl Scouting’s highest honor, which she received on June 1 at a ceremony at Hampden Academy.
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Olivia Duron of Hampden holds her Girl Scout Gold Award, Girl Scouting’s highest honor, which she received on June 1 at a ceremony at Hampden Academy.

HAMPDEN — Olivia Duron, a senior at Hampden Academy, recently completed the requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award. She is the daughter of Bobby and Stefanie Duron of Hampden. Olivia joined Girl Scouts as a kindergartner in Chadron, Nebraska, and became a member of Troop 199 of Hampden in 2005 when she moved to Maine. Olivia is involved in music and a member of the Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Chamber Singers, Voices Unlimited and often plays in a band with her father. Her love for music and involvement in the music program at Hampden Academy led to her Gold Award project of creating an effective uniform inventory system for the music department at the high school. Olivia set up a new inventory system for all uniform parts, an accurate accounting system for student check-out and training instructions for future uniform volunteers. Olivia led a group of fellow students and adult volunteers in relabeling uniform parts, organizing them and setting up the new system. She put in more than 85 hours to complete the project. She was honored at a Gold Award ceremony on June 1 at Hampden Academy. Paige Rainford, a senior at Hampden Academy, recently fulfilled the requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award. She is the daughter of Teri Briggs of Hampden. Paige started Girl Scouts in kindergarten in Bangor. When she moved to Hampden in 2002, she joined a younger troop to stay in Girl Scouts, and then joined Troop 199 in 2003. Paige started Hampden Recreational Track in 2003 and continued to grow a love of running through cross-country and track at both Reeds Brook Middle School and Hampden Academy. Through her years of running she learned techniques to prevent injuries as well as healthy habits, which sparked the idea for her Gold Award project. Paige started an afterschool program, called Track Attack, at Reeds Brook Middle School. This program was designed to keep students active during the winter months while learning healthy habits and good sportsmanship. Twice a week, Paige led the students in a routine much like a regular sports practice. A group of Hampden Academy track members volunteered under Paige’s leadership to help run the activities and provide positive role models. The number of students interested in Track Attack has grown since the first year and is expected to continue to grow. This program is expected to continue through the support of Reeds Brook and Hampden Academy. Track Attack has influenced Paige’s plans after high school graduation. She has been accepted into the physical therapy program at Husson University for the fall of 2014. Paige was honored at a Gold Award ceremony on June 1, at Hampden Academy.

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