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York and Lackawanna County Girl Scouts receive space badges after winning national essay contest

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Harrisburg, PA (April 12, 2023) – Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania (GSHPA) is excited to announce two York County Girl Scouts and one Lackawanna County Girl Scout were selected as essay contest winners and received badges that have been to space as their prize.

Daisy Girl Scout Alzette G. and Brownie Girl Scout Annecy G. from Troop 20264 in York County, and Cadette Girl Scout Liesel K. from Troop 52144 in Lackawanna County, were named as winners of Girl Scouts of the United States of America’s (GSUSA) “Girl Scouts to the Moon and Back” essay contest. The contest was open to all Girl Scouts nationwide, and winners received Girl Scout Space Science badges that were onboard the Orion capsule of the NASA Artemis 1 launch. The mission was NASA’s first step toward the goal of sending the first woman and first person of color to the moon.

“We are so proud to have three Girl Scouts from our council selected as winners for this essay contest. It’s rewarding to see GSHPA’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs encouraging girls to develop interests in STEM and showcase their knowledge through opportunities like this,” said Janet Donovan, GSHPA President and CEO.

The Orion spacecraft lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island in Florida on Nov. 16, 2022, at 1:47 a.m. EST and returned to Earth Dec. 11, 2022, at 12:40 p.m. EST. For more information and updates regarding Artemis 1, visit the NASA Artemis 1 blog.