Girl Scouts recognize achievements at annual meeting

TUPELO – Girl Scouts Heart of the South celebrated another successful year at its annual meeting on Saturday.
Heart of the South, the council that covers north Mississippi, west Tennessee and one county in Arkansas, installed new members to the board of directors and gave awards to outstanding Girl Scouts, volunteers and leaders.
Katherine Tackitt of Troop 20611 in Itawamba County sold 4,369 boxes of cookies this year and was the second-best cookie seller in the council. She was the best seller in the council in 2009.
“She continually astounds us with her selling ability,” said Brittan Davis, who oversees sales for the council.
Katherine also won the Program Aid pin and a Silver Award.
“It’s unexplainable,” Katherine said about her awards. “I love it.”
Katherine isn’t stopping with these trophies.
“I want to get my Gold Award,” which is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. “So I’ve got to do the work to get it.”
She’s already started her project to win the award.
“I have to finish it by the time I graduate high school,” said the freshman, “but I think I’ll have it finished by then.”
Verona resident Anita Ambrose won the prestigious Thanks Badge II Award. Adult volunteers or staff members who go above and beyond for the council are nominated for a Thanks Badge, and their continued efforts are rewarded with a sequel, the Thanks Badge II.
Ambrose, who has been involved with Girl Scouts for 25 years, has overseen the Scouts Go Green project, as well as introduced Scouts to her profession through a Nursing Expo.
Ambrose was humbled by the surprise award.
“I don’t do it for the recognition,” she said. “I do it for the girls.”
Other winners included Monica Byers of Troop 40059 in Benton County, the top seller for Fall Products.
Angela Woods, Heart of the South CEO, told the Girl Scouts to strive for their individual goals but to also give back to their communities.
“Talk back to your community. Ask them, ‘What do you want?’” she said. “Girl Scouts can paint a future of hope.”

Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal