By Cam Lucadou-Wells
After twelve months of toil and leadership, Somayeh has become the first at Dandenong West Primary School to earn Girl Guides’ top junior award.
The Year 6 student received the Junior Baden-Powell Award after finishing 12 challenges in promise and law, outdoors, patrol systems, world Guiding, service and Guiding traditions.
One of her highlights was organising student donations of blankets and towels for an animal shelter.
At her invitation, animal shelter workers visited the school with rescue kittens and dogs to give a talk on responsible pet ownership.
Somayeh is one of 15 students that are part of the school’s free lunchtime Guides group. She has graduated to a school captain as well as one of City of Greater Dandenong’s inaugural junior mayors.
Group leader Jeanette Cox said the award was testament to Somayeh’s blossoming leadership as a Guide for the past three years.
“Somayeh has embraced everything that Girl Guides has given her.
“She has become a beautiful young woman who can hold her head up high.”