MARQUETTE - Two U.P. Girl Scouts received scholarships at a luncheon held in Marquette on April 27. The 2013 Upper Peninsula Girl Scout Scholarships were awarded to Jessica DeMenter of Rapid River and Maria DeMuri of Crystal Falls. Both girls were required to submit their applications and letters of recommendation and were chosen based on the following criteria: Girl Scout activities, community involvement and volunteerism, academic achievement and activities, plans for furthering education and a 500 word essay on how the Girl Scout Law has made an impact on her life.
According to Jessica DeMenter, "I can't remember a time when Girl Scouts wasn't a part of my life." She went on to say, "Girl Scouts provided me with a chance to become a part of something bigger."
While earning her Girl Scout Gold Award in 2012, Jessica helped "bridge the gap" between the girls and the residents at a local nursing home. She provided craft lessons and supplies and scheduled times for younger Girl Scouts to meet and share stories with the residents. It was during this project that she was able to define her future and choose a career path upon graduating high school.
The recipients of the 2013 U.P. Girl Scout Scholarship are Maria DeMuri of Crystal Falls, left, and Jessica DeMenter of Rapid River.
Jessica has maintained a 3.33 GPA while being home-schooled and plans to attend Bay de Noc Community College to pursue a degree in speech therapy. She is the daughter of Alan and Jerri DeMenter of Rapid River.
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes provide a leadership experience for all girls in K-12 and serves more than 18,000 girls in the U.P. and Northern Wisconsin. The program assists girls like Jessica to become productive citizens in their communities and in the world.