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Wilsonville Scout earns Gold


JarochA Wilsonville teen, Karina Jaroch, earned her Girl Scout Gold Award in December — the highest honor available.

To earn the award, she completed an independent service project benefitting Brother Andre Café in Portland, an organization that provides meals and food pantry services to people in need.

Jaroch organized a food drive over the summer that netted a total of 187 pounds of food. She collected the food at a local Girl Scout camp, at vacation Bible school and at a bagel shop. She chose the café as the focus of her service project for a couple of reasons.

“I had worked with them before and I really like what they’re doing,” she said. “I just like the idea of helping out. Poverty is a big issue for me.”

Although she wrapped up her project in December, most of the food collection and delivery happened during the summer, because donations to food banks typically dip during the warm months before picking up again as the holiday season gets into full swing.

Jaroch logged about 85 hours of leadership activity as she earned the Gold Award.

“Most of that time was advertising and being there, asking people to donate,” she said. For example, at the camp, she made announcements, prepared fliers to send home with each camper and set out and maintained collection bins each day of the weeklong camp.

“I definitely learned how to be in charge of people more,” Jaroch said. “I volunteer a lot, so I get told how to help. Figuring out how to organize volunteers was huge for me. I learned a lot. I didn’t expect people to listen.”

A Wilsonville resident, Jaroch attends Valley Catholic High School in Beaverton, where she is a senior. She is looking into colleges in Oregon as well as Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc. She is interested in studying international business, and said that earning her Gold Award provided experience that will benefit her in college and beyond.

“You have to work with a lot of different people. Being organized and learning how to communicate with people is important,” she said.

Jaroch is a member of Girl Scout Troop 40213 in Wilsonville.

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