Six Wayne County girls were awarded the Girl Scout Silver Award by Girl Scouts- North Carolina Coastal Pines recently.

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the second highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

The award symbolizes a Girl Scout Cadette's accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she discovers her strengths and takes action to make the world a better place.

Hailee Lassiter and Mya Harbaugh, of Pikeville; Tearika Jones, Sarah Benning and Hannah Cox, of Goldsboro; and Caroline Jones of Mount Olive were all awarded the Silver Star Award for various projects they participated in across the county.

For Lassiter and Harbaugh's Girl Scout Silver Award project, Mount Olive Historical Record, they created a historical record of Mount Olive through photographs. She took photographs of residents in Mount Olive and created a photo book that will be displayed in the Mount Olive Historical Museum for years to come.

Lassiter is the daughter of Jennifer James Hooker, Philip Hooker and Joshua Lassiter, and is the granddaughter of Steve and Diane James. Lassiter has been a Girl Scout for one year, and both Lassiter and Harbaugh are members of Girl Scout Troop No. 389 led by June Nicole Reynolds.

Harbaugh is the daughter of Jennifer James Hooker and Philip Hooker and is the granddaughter of Steve and Diane James.

For Tearika Jones' Girl Scout Silver Award project, Making a Difference in the Lives of Our Furry Friends, she educated her community on proper pet ownership. She developed a brochure containing pet ownership tips that was kept at the front desk of an adoption center. With this project, she helped educate potential pet owners on the responsibilities of owning a pet to try and prevent animals from being returned to animal shelters.

Tearika Jones is the daughter of Miss Pam Boyer. She has been a Girl Scout for seven years and is a member of Girl Scout Troop No. 249 led by Michele Kornegay.

For Carolina Jones' Girl Scout Silver Award project, she reintroduced the Children's Play Area as a part of the activities of the 2017 North Carolina Pickle Festival. She provided children at the festival with a safe space to play while still enjoying the fun and excitement of the annual festival.

Caroline Jones is the daughter of Jennifer and Mack Jones. She has been a Girl Scout for five years and is a member of Girl Scout Troop No. 389 led by Nicole Reynolds.

For Cox's and Benning's Girl Scout Silver Award project, Outdoor Play Program, she and her troop renovated the playground at Providence United Methodist Church. She sanded and stained the wood on the play set, constructed a new roof for the play set, and purchased and installed new swings and other equipment.

Cox is the daughter of Stanton and Melanie Cox. Benning is the daughter of Mike and Lori Benning. Both have been a Girl Scout since 2009 and is a member of Girl Scout Troop No. 121 led by Melanie Cox.

About the Silver Award

The Silver Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout in the sixth through eighth grades can earn. The Silver Award recognizes the work of Girl Scout Cadettes who demonstrate leadership skills culminating in 50 hours or more dedicated toward a service project that makes a difference in their community. The service project can be completed as an individual or with a group. If accomplished as a group, each girl is responsible for a specific part of the project and is required to evaluate her contribution to the project and to the group.