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Employee's Daughter Honored by Girl Scouts

By Eddy Ball
June 2007

Megan Cheryle George
Megan Cheryle George (Photo courtesy of Margaret George)

Biologist Margaret George and her husband Michael have good reason to be proud of their daughter, Megan. The Girl Scouts of the U. S. A. recently announced that the seventeen-year-old has been chosen as one of the 13 top Girl Scout Gold Award Winners who will be honored as 2007 Young Women of Distinction at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 12.

The award honors young women for extraordinary leadership demonstrated in community service projects lasting one to two years. George and the other 12 winners were selected from a group of 250 applicants who had already earned the Girl Scout Gold Award - a select group of Girl Scouts aged 14 - 18 who devote 65 hours or more to community service projects that make a difference in their communities. Only five to six percent of scouts earn the award each year.

George is being recognized for her work on several educational programs. These included a conference, "Starting Equal and Falling Behind," that focused on the growing educational gap in the public schools and addressed possible solutions to minimize this disparity among students. George involved community leaders, students, parents and ministers in her effort to increase awareness for the cause.

Along with her commitment to service, the Raleigh teenager also has ambitious plans for her future. She is a senior in Wake County's Leesville Road High School who plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC-G) as a Political Science major. After she finishes at UNC-G, George wants to pursue a degree in law at North Carolina Central University in Durham.

Margaret George has worked at NIEHS for over 20 years, and Michael George is a former NIEHS employee now working at the Environmental Protection Agency. Like their daughter, both of the Georges are involved in community service activities.

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