Girl Scouts honor professional women and students

 She’s a 13-year-old girl sketching plans for a successful business and learning the skills to achieve a dream.


An entrepreneurial spirit helped Saidah Coleman, a ninth-grade student at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, earn the 2012 Young Women of Distinction Middle School Leadership award.

As a participant in the Youth Entrepreneur Program, Saidah said she is prepared for the challenges of running her own jewelry business.

“It teaches you to be more responsible. You learn the risk of making your own business,” she said.

Coleman and seven other middle- and high school students were honored with the Young Women of Distinction awards by the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia on Thursday. Seven professional women received the Women of Distinction honor.

The professional women honored set examples for the students by their dedication to community outreach and upstanding characters, said April Weldon, the fund development director for Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia.

“These are the women, when you talk about Girl Scouts, we want our girls to emulate,” Weldon said.

Lessie Price, the manager of government affairs for URS Corp., a Fortune 500 company, thanked the honorees for serving the community.

“Your only focus is results that benefit our society,” Price said. “You know how to seize opportunities, and you are constantly thinking
and planning.”

  • Middle School Community Service: Crystal-Joy Howard, John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School
  • High School Community Service: Mallory Daniel, Evans High School
  • Middle School Leadership: Saidah Coleman, John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School
  • High School Leadership: Kathleen Quebedeaux, Lakeside High School
  • Middle School Scholar: Macy Rizner, Evans Middle School
  • High School Scholar: Helen Meyer, Greenbrier High School
  • Student Athlete: Rachel Davis, Greenbrier High School
  • Callie Meadows Memorial Award: Rachel Helling, Greenbrier High
  • Arts: Ferneasa Cutno, founder and director, Cutno Dance Center
  • Business: Cathy Holt Wall, president and CEO, the Bradley Schools
  • Community Service: Cher Best, marketing and promotion manager, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
  • Education: Lurelia Hardy, assistant professor, Augusta State University
  • Education: Patricia Burau, special assistant to the superintendent, Richmond County Board of Education
  • Government: Beverly Clyburn, assistant director and guidance counselor, the Aiken Performing Arts Academy
  • Professions: Heather Metress, registrar, Georgia Health Sciences University