Sussex Girl Scout chooses Agriculture for Gold Award project

Savannah Sykes, 17-year-old daughter of Scott and Tanya Sykes of Millsboro, has chosen agriculture for her project as she works to earn Girl Scout’s highest award, the Gold Award, which is similar to Boy Scouting’s Eagle Award.

Sykes has been in Scouts since kindergarten and is now a member of Girl Scout Troop 858 in Long Neck, Del. This is her last year since she is a senior in high school, but she looks forward to being a Scout leader in the future.

Sykes is planning a big event on Oct. 12 at the Millsboro Scout Hut, across from the Little League Field, where farmers, FFA and 4-H members will be on hand to talk with people about agriculture. She has arranged for the goats from Sussex Central High School to be there, too.

“My project is informing people about agriculture, the different sides of it. It’s more than just farmers,” Sykes said. Her Facebook page, “Agriculture Girl Scout Gold Award,” includes all the interviews and places she visited as she worked on her award. There is also a place where people can ask questions about agriculture.

“We are not farmers but I grew up raising animals my whole life,” Sykes said. She currently has two goats which she showed in the meat goat competition at the Delaware State Fair.

Sykes said she has learned a lot about agriculture in her pursuit of the Gold Award. Among those she interviewed was Laura Hill, first vice president of Delaware Farm Bureau.

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