2008 Mt. Ararat High School
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“Being truthful is a way of life for me, and as a result, others trust in me. Without this, I could never have accomplished so much towards my goals.” Lauren Grotton found her personal connection to the principles of character in the Girl Scouts—especially during a series of educational outreach efforts to help children feel safe around water, and to help them become stewards of the marine environment.
She coordinated a water safety poster contest for all elementary school children in Lincoln County; wrote and illustrated a children’s book on the marine environment, “Oya and Her Ocean Friends;” and created an accompanying “Ocean Adventure” game. She presented the book and game to school groups through the Maine-based Cornerstones of Science program. “One of the greatest learning experiences,” she noted, “was having the courage to overcome my shyness about calling strangers on the phone to solicit support.”