Brother, sister reach Scouting’s highest ranks

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A sister and brother from Wilmington each has received the highest ranks available in Girl and Boy Scouts, respectively.

Jennifer_DempseyJennifer Dempsey, a freshman at the University of Delaware, received her Gold Award on Jan. 15 during a ceremony in Newark. Anna Chavez, the chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of America, presented the award.

For her service project, Dempsey built a dual-lighted tracing table for the preschool at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, which she and her brother attended. She also developed a curriculum for the tracing table based on the teacher’s lesson plan for the year. Dempsey, who attended Delaware Military Academy, also created a website and digital curriculum for the teacher and others to reference.

Harrison Dempsey, a senior at DMA, is a member of Troop 33. He will received his Eagle Scout award on April 10.

Harrison dempseyFor his project, he revitalized the park in Shipley Heights, the Wilmington neighborhood where he lives. He organized more than 55 volunteers, who reset and secured park benches and picnic tables; cleared growth in the playground and picnic areas; reset, secured and repainted basketball poles and backboards; cleaned and repainted playground equipment; removed old railroad ties; and cleared a walking entrance to the park.