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Two local Girl Scouts Receive Esteemed Medal of Honor for their Lifesaving Acts


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Baltimore--On Saturday, September 26th two central Maryland Girl Scouts will receive Girl Scouts of the USA’s Lifesaving Medal of Honor for their valiant efforts. Guided by the Girl Scout Promise and Law, Girl Scout Cadette Lexie Brinkley and Girl Scout Junior Madison Grimes showed their commitment to being resourceful, skilled and, competent to be of service through heroic acts that resulted in saving lives. The award ceremony will take place at 10:00 am at the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland (GSCM) headquarters located at 4806 Seton Drive in Baltimore City on Saturday, September 26th. Maryland State Delegate Mark Chang will be in attendance; Congressman Andy Harris will be represented by his Community Liaison, Danielle Hornberger.

Ten year-old Madison used her swimming skills to rescue a young boy who was struggling to stay afloat in a public pool while she was on vacation with her family. Madison has been swimming since she was a baby; she has taken lessons to learn to dive and a variety of swimming strokes. Though others were present, Madison was the one who recognized the boy was having difficulty and took action. She swam over to him and pulled him to the side of the pool to his mother.

One of Madison’s favorite things about Girl Scouts are the opportunities to give back to the community. In first grade she led a food drive at her school. Madison got her

inspiration from a Girl Scout activity that included making lunches for the homeless. She also served lunches for a trabbveling homeless shelter at a local church. This school year Madison is looking forward to completing the Patriot program at her school.

Thirteen year-old Lexie earned her Medal of Honor for steadfastly inspiring, encouraging and caring for her dad as he struggled to recover from double pneumonia. She helped him overcome dehydration, muscle fatigue and poor appetite by taking responsibility for and creating an exercise routine, measuring and monitoring fluid intake and spoon feeding him to ensure he received the nutrients he needed to recover.

Lexie is a member of the National Junior Honor Society, and a recent recipient of the President’s Award for Educational Excellence for maintaining a 3.5 average or higher throughout her middle school period. She’s currently a freshman at Broadneck High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program in Vocals. A Senior Girl Scout, Lexie has been in Girl Scouts for 8 years and worked with her troop to earn Summit Awards at every Girl Scout Level. She has earned two of Girl Scouts’ highest honors: the Bronze and Silver Awards. In addition, Lexie has been a continuous Girl Scout Cookie Super Seller; last year, she doubled her cookie sales by selling 1,220 boxes.

“I am so proud of the courage, confidence and character these girls have displayed,” said Violet M. Apple, GSCM Chief Executive Officer. “They exemplify all that we hope to instill in our Girl Scouts.”

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Girl Scouts of Central Maryland serves 16,000+ girls in grades K-12 in Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties by providing leadership programming that allows them to have a positive impact on their community. Visit gscm.org for more information about our programs. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.