Helena Girl Scout earns top honors for community service before heading to college

BRIDGET PACK Independent Record

Kalley May set out to enhance Mihelish Softball Field’s appearance as a way of giving back to the community that shaped her since third grade.

“This field has become a part of me, and my softball journey made me the person I am today,” the 18-year-old May said. “When people heard about my Gold Award project, they were eager to support my idea.”

The Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming said earlier this month it is proud to recognize May for earning her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn.

May said Marks Lumber donated wood for the varsity field backstops, while Home Depot donated some wood for the JV field and discounted the rest of the materials. Helena Sand and Gravel donated gravel for the improved walkway around the dugout and bleachers.

The project improved the durability of the field fixtures, reduced maintenance and enhanced their appearance. Upgrades included replacing wooden backstops with weatherproofed boards, creating a border around the bleachers to minimize maintenance costs, and repairing batting cage nets by mending many holes.

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