Girl Scouts mark 108th year

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THE Girl Scouts organization turned 108 years old on March 12 with NMI members joining the celebration by conducting a “Cookie Dessert Challenge” at Marianas Creations on Saturday.

Michelle Sablan, NMI Girl Scouts cookie manager, said there were eight participants in the bake-off challenge.

“They used Girl Scout cookies as inspiration in making a dessert,” she added.

The competition judges — Laxmi Shrestha, owner of Everest Kitchen, and Mahala Wister, Hyatt Regency Saipan’s pastry chef — announced the winners:

• Lexie Laxamana, first place.

• Kissy Palec, second place.

• Bedu Falig, third place.

First lady Diann Torres shows a book to the NMI Girl Scouts at Joeten-Kiyu Public Library on Friday afternoon.

“It was really great to see everyone bring their unique ideas to the table,” Wister said.

Shrestha said, “Some of the girls have good skills when blending [the flavors].”

After the bake-off challenge, the girls received their cookie badges.

On Friday afternoon, the NMI Girl Scouts participated in the “Meet and Greet with Women Leaders Day and Story Hour” at Joeten-Kiyu Public Library.

The girls met first lady Diann Torres, who encouraged them to be role models.

She said when she was still young and babysitting her nieces and nephews, Torres said she made a decision to be a role model to young children by doing the right thing, and saying the right thing.

NMI Girl Scouts receive their cookies badges on Saturday after a bake-off challenge at Marianas Creation. Also in photo are troop leader 2019 Miss Marianas Shannon Sasamoto, Hyatt Regency Saipan pastry chef Mahala Wister, Everest Kitchen owner Laxmi Shrestha, and NMI Girl Scouts cookie manager Michelle Sablan.  Photos by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

She told the scouts that they have the support of their parents, other family members, and the rest of the people in the community who are all willing to guide them.

The first lady also encouraged the girls to find their passion.

She said she established the Lady Diann Foundation to encourage young people to read, speak, and write in the indigenous languages.

So far, the foundation has published five books written by young Chamorro and Carolinian authors.

The foundation, Torres said, also organizes various events to serve the community members in all three main islands — Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

“It’s hard but if you have a group that work together, magic happens. That is what you, girls, can do together. You can make magic by working together and supporting one another,” the first lady said.

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