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     Lights, camera, stairs? February 24th the girls began their documentary to earn their Gold Award, the highest honor of a Girl Scout. The title, Taking Charge: Changing to Succeed, was a brainstorming idea from both Union and Central. The girls at Union walked up and down the stairs to symbolize the struggle of getting through high school. But the weren't just walking. The shot of feet stepping, stopping, and even turning around is what the girls see as the best description of high school. The way some need an extra push because of an obstacle they may be facing. Or the way that some "turn around" and leave completely.

     The girls played the roles of the pregnant, druggie, or the ones that can't make it to college, even after having been accepted. Then discussed what each scenario meant. The girls also had to think up places to go after someone has dealt with such a set back. For example the girl who became pregnant could go to a center to get help with how to take care of the child. The kids going to parties instead of studying could turn to friends or counselors for help with getting back on track. The result for the first day of shooting was that no matter what happens there are plenty of options open that will help someone GET back on track.

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