Kris Eastham of the Misty Crabtree Eastham Endowment presents Catherine Armstrong with a certificate at a Girl Scouts awards event on June 26 in Wrightsville Beach.
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Kris Eastham of the Misty Crabtree Eastham Endowment presents Catherine Armstrong with a certificate at a Girl Scouts awards event on June 26 in Wrightsville Beach.

Macclesfield girl awarded Girl Scout scholarship

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Girl Scouts N.C. Coastal Pines has named Catherine Armstrong of Macclesfield as a Misty Crabtree Eastham Scholarship recipient.

The scholarship is awarded to Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who are high school seniors or college freshmen to help pay for college costs. Armstrong graduated from Southwest Edgecombe High School and plans to complete a degree in teaching.

Armstrong has been a Girl Scout for 14 years and received the Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest award in Girl Scouting – in 2011. For her Gold Award project, she designed a program to teach quilting. She taught classes to Girl Scout troops and at local libraries. Quilts created as a result of the project were donated to hospital cancer patients to help make patients more comfortable.

“Catherine is a true leader, who we believe will add value as a role model to her peers,” said Girl Scouts N.C. Coastal Pines CEO Lisa Jones. “She will be a lifelong ambassador no matter what she does throughout her life.”

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have overcome adversity.

Born with Spina Bifida, Armstrong was not able to participate in regular sports. In high school she began to participate in wheelchair track and field and has won 16 state championships.

“Before Catherine began competing in high school track, adaptive events were unheard of in North Carolina,” said Jennifer Smith, her track coach and teacher. “Through Catherine’s determination, doors have been opened for other athletes in the state.”

Girl Scout leader Shelby Braswell said Armstrong often donates her hair to Locks of Love and is always eager to help others.

For her Girl Scout Silver Award project, Armstrong designed and hosted a teddy bear tea party that provided toys for patients at Duke Children’s Hospital. Friend Carrie Lucas describes Armstrong as “a person of discernment, intelligence, sensitivity, optimism, energy, and humility.”

The Misty Crabtree Eastham Scholarship honors the memory of Misty Crabtree Eastham, a lifelong Girl Scout who made improving the lives of others a priority. The scholarship embodies Misty’s sense of selflessness, generosity, drive, and determination.