Sheffield Lake seniors recognized by Girl Scouts for their community activities

Julia Mohrbach (l) and Julia Pyle (r) flank their Scout leader, Angela Mohrbach, at the ceremony where the two received the Gold Award, Girl Scouts’ highest honor. (Photo, Julia Pyle)

 

By MICHELE MURPHY

SHEFFIELD LAKE/SHEFFIELD VILLAGE –  Hundreds, maybe even thousands, of Sheffield Lake and Sheffield Village residents – especially kids – know the work of Julia Mohrbach and Julia Pyle, two recent high school graduates.

The Julias, who have been friends for years through Girl Scouts, devised first two family-focused programs for their hometown. For their efforts, they just earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout may earn. A national award, with national standards, it represents girls’ time, leadership, creativity and effort contributed to making their community better.

Julia Mohrbach created an Easter Egg Hunt, while Julia Pyle created a children’s Christmas Party in conjunction with Sheffield Lake’s tree-lighting ceremony over Thanksgiving weekend.

Both sought and received financial support from local businesses and individuals as well as in-kind donations to purchase decorations, prizes and food. Both leaned on their Scout leader, Angela Mohrbach, for help and advice. Angela and Julia Mohrbach are mother and daughter. Julia Pyle’s mom and aunt were her advisers as well. In addition, both girls received help from fellow Scouts and school friends to help at the events.

Hundreds of families jammed Gary Green Park in Sheffield Lake for the Easter Egg Hunt. More than 3,000 pastel-colored plastic eggs containing candy or trinkets were scooped up by little ones. The Easter Bunny made an appearance and, following the hunt, volunteers helped kids with craft projects while the Sheffield Lake Fire Department gave tours of their trucks.

Hundreds more attended the tree-lighting last November at the city’s Joyce Hanks Community Center, then went indoors where Santa waited to visit with children, while others sipped hot chocolate, ate cookies after decorating them, or participated in other craft activities.

Sheffield Village Mayor John Hunter invited both Julias to the Village Council meeting last week where he read from proclamations honoring them and declaring days in their honor.

Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring also acknowledged their hard work. “I say good for them. I hope a lot of young kids look up to them.”

 

 

 

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