Greenville teen receives highest Girl Scout award


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:35 am on Friday, April 19, 2013

Wanda Sankey, 16, a junior at Greenville High School, painted a mural as part of her senior project through the Girl Scouts. She received the Gold Award, which is the highest honor. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — The purpose behind a new mural at the Cherry Street Health Services’ Montcalm Area Health Center in Greenville was to make a more enjoyable experience for younger children at the doctor’s office.

Wanda Sankey, 16, a junior at Greenville High School, is a senior Girl Scout in Troop 02859 Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore. She received the highest honor for a Girl Scout after revealing the mural in the waiting room of Cherry Street Health Services on Thursday.

When thinking of ways to complete her senior project, Sankey remembered how scared and stressed she used to be when going for doctor visits. She decided to find a way to better the children’s area at Cherry Street Health Services’ Montcalm Area Heath Center to help make them more comfortable when visiting the doctor.

“I was very passionate about the project,” she said. “To help ease that stress, I took my passion and ran with it.”

The mural includes many vibrant colors, showcasing  animals like giraffes, alligators, flamingos, monkeys and more. The complete mural takes up one whole wall of the waiting room.

Along with the project, Sankey made informational picture books designed with easy, medium and difficult trivia about the animals portrayed in the mural and more.

After completing the project, which was revealed Thursday, Sankey qualified for the gold award – the highest Girl Scout award available.

Barb Gatchel of the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee, advised Sankey on her project. She explained in order to receive the gold award, a scout has to commit 80 hours of time to the project that helps satisfies a need within the community and makes a long-lasting impression.

“She was very passionate,” Gatchel said. “She took what she felt and made it fun at the doctor’s office (for children).”

Chief Clinic Operations Officer at Cherry Street Health Services Tasha Thomas said Sankey’s project will last for years making an impact on the children who visit the office.

“I want to thank (Cherry Street Health Service) for the opportunity, my mom for being the driving force and the community for supporting it,” Sankey said.

Sankey also thanked Jerry’s Paint Store in Greenville for donating paint to the project.

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