Raiya Vikberg and Aurora Haslam, of Girl Scout troop 1234, will be  awarded the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest award in Girl Scouting, on Saturday, April 8th at the Girl Scouts of Maine Annual Meeting and Awards event in Augusta.

Raiya and Aurora have been Girl Scouts in troop 1234 since 2007. Both previously earned the Bronze award, as well. They completed their service project in June 2016.

Their service project was collecting classic childhood songs and fingerplays, recording them onto CD's and then performing them live in a concert at the Moore Center, for area childcare children. At the concert, they interacted with the children and parents, then gave each child a CD to take home with them. They also provided CD's to the classrooms at the YMCA Daycare and Ellsworth Head-Start Programs. The purpose of the project was to share their love of music, and to hopefully inspire the parents and staff to help revive the classic songs that are not being taught as much anymore.

Aurora Haslam is in 9th grade at Internity Academy. Aurora loves to sing and dance. She has been active in show choir and drama. She has been seen on stage in Ellsworth Elelemtary-Middle School productions as Iago in "Aladdin", and Older Simba in "The Lion King". Aurora frequently sings with Five Wheel Drive and other local bands, and in area benefits such as the Don Clark benefit. She even participated and placed second at the First Hancock Kids Voice Competition. In her spare time she works with horses and paints.

Raiya Vikberg attends 9th grade at Connections Academy online, and is an active member of Ellsworth High School's Visual and Performing Arts Group. Raiya has been seen on stage in many local and area productions, including Penobscot Theatre's "Annie", "Charlie Brown Christmas" at The Grand, and "Blue Neighborhood", a One Act  production at Ellsworth High School, in which she was named to All Festival Cast for her performance as Niamh. Raiya was also honored to sing the National Anthem at Connections Academy graduation ceremony last June.


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