---- — Sarah Mancuso, Ambassador of the NYPEN 967 troop in Cherry Valley-Springfield, has finished her requirements to receive the gold award in Girl Scouts.
Mancuso has been in Girl Scouts for 10 years and now is a lifetime member as an adult.
For her Gold award, Mancuso chose a project in a field that was near and dear to her heart: Music.
Her project was on music appreciation and its use in the community. She set up classes over the summer for students to attend to learn about different instruments and their uses throughout life. Mancuso taught the history of the various instruments for use in ceremonies locally and internationally. She also recorded music so that future students could use it to prepare for different competitions in school.
Mancuso said that it is important for children to know that music is not just a subject in school and then forgotten. She said she wants them to realize that music is an international means of communication to be used throughout their lives. She said she would love to see a community band started in Cherry Valley and hopes by instilling the love and knowledge of the use of music in the community, that some of her students may form that community band in the future.
Mancuso, a 2013 CV-S graduate, attends the Cranes School of Music at the State University College at Potsdam, and said she wants to teach music education. She was very involved in the music department at Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School earning many music awards along the way. She was involved in jazz band, marching band, concert band, choir, drama club, NYSEMA, pit band, Susquehanna Honor Band, Ithaca summer program and president of the high school band.
She earned her Bronze award as a junior by cleaning and repairing old, abandoned grave yard sites. She earned her Silver award by planning a Girl Scout jamboree of more than 30 girls where the girls camped out and learned about survival and safety in the wild.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. It requires the completion of a leadership project of at least 80 hours. Each girl must address a need in the community and take action to help achieve a positive change. Mancuso is the first in her troop in many years to earn this award.