accomplishments

Girl Scout Gold Award. Amador Valley High School Senior Carly Krakauer recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award after completing a project for the Pleasanton Valley Humane Society. The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. Krakauer's love of animals led to her to work with VHS to paint murals on their walls to create a positive environment for visitors and animals and to encourage pet adoption. Each mural represents one of the five cities served by the society -- Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville.

Carly had to find accomplished local artists to donate their time and talents to create and paint the murals. She was also responsible for managing all aspects of the project, helping the artists and providing the paint and required materials. By contacting Tri-Valley art associations and sending news releases to local media, she was able to recruit local artists Debbie Wardrope, Megan Parks-Haller, Yang Liu and Kathleen Hill to paint the murals.

In addition, Carly and her mother Nancy painted the San Ramon mural with the creative assistance of other artists. It took more than a year and some 600 volunteer hours to complete the murals.

On Nov. 6, VHS invited dignitaries and the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially reveal the murals and honor Carly and the artists who painted them.


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Eagle Award Given. Troop 1630, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Steve James, awarded Jack William O'Neil his Eagle Scout award at his court of honor, held at Peace Lutheran Church in Danville.

For his Eagle project, O'Neil collected and shipped soccer equipment, clothing and educational toys to Lumardo Parish in South Africa. Jack has been interested in the children of South Africa since traveling there with Peace Lutheran Church in the fall of 2012. He is the son of James O'Neil and Elizabeth Hunter Ashley and John Ashley.

Valley Stars is written by Louise Hartman. Contact her at 925-847-2111, by e-mail at vtletters@bayareanewsgroup.com or send a fax to 925-847-2189.