Merrill Ambassador Girl Scout Brooke Bushor received her Girl Scout Gold Award, which represents commitment to Girl Scouting and her community through hard work and responsibility.
On May 3, Bushor was honored with the Girl Scouts top honor in a ceremony at the Howard Johnson Inn, Wausau. Bushor earned her award by building a pavilion at the MARC between the Varsity and JV softball fields.
“I’ve been playing softball since I was 7 years old,” Brooke said. “In my high school years alone, I played in over 200 games in Merrill and other communities throughout the state. One thing that was missing from our own facilities at the MARC was a place where players and spectators could go for some relief from the sun or rain.”
Brooke enlisted volunteers of family, friends, Merrill Girls’ Softball board members and Boy Scouts in her construction project. Funding for the project was made possible through a grant from the Bierman Family Foundation Inc. Construction began late last October and was completed in May.
“It was so nice to see the pavilion being heavily used at the 10th Annual Merrill Fastpitch summer tournament at the end of July,” she said. “There were 36 teams in attendance, so having the pavilion really made for a better experience at the tournament.”
Brooke is excited that the pavilion will be utilized for many years to come by players and families of the sport she’s grown to love.
A 2015 graduate of Merrill High School, Brooke will be attending Carroll University in Waukesha this fall as an exercise science major to pursue her degree in physical therapy. She is the daughter of Noel and Julie Bushor of Merrill.