Cape Ann People: Manchester Girl Scout honored for anti-bullying work

ANN-MARIE FORD/Courtesy photo/On June 14, Girl Scout Molly McCarthy of Manchester, and other Girl Scouts were honored at the State House in Boston for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the organization’s highest award. McCarthy is pictured with state Rep. Brad Hill, R-Ipswich.

MANCHESTER — A Manchester teen-ager has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the organization’s highest award.

Molly McCarthy of Manchester was among 90 Girl Scouts from across Massachusetts who were honored mid June at the State House in Boston for their achievements.

McCarthy won honor for creating The Anti-Bullying League, a support group for victims of bullying, in an effort to reform how Manchester Essex Regional High School handles bullying complaints. The student-run group gives students a safe place to talk about their situation and learn how to support and advocate for one another.

To earn the Gold Award, high school Girl Scouts must dedicate two years on a project that solves a community problem in a lasting way. Other projects included mental health awareness, and support for local nonprofits.

Each Gold Award Girl Scout received a Gold Award pin, and special recognition from individuals and organizations including the U.S. military, the Department of Health and Human Services, NASA, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the National Park Service, the White House, the governor, and both Massachusetts senators.

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These local students graduated May 12 from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont:

Parker Dorley Edington of Essex, with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

Dane Norris Johnson of Gloucester, with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and anthropology.

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The following students received degrees from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, during ceremonies held in May:

Sierra Gelsomini of Gloucester, Bachelor of Science in Health Science Studies.

Caroline Sheriff of Gloucester, Bachelor of Science in Management.

Rachel Balestraci of Rockport, Bachelor of Science in Health Science Studies.

Catherine Nabachwa of Rockport, Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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