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  • Magnolia Girl Scout serves as MC for statewide Women of Distinction ceremony

  • The job of mistress of ceremonies for the annual Women of Distinction ceremony hosted by the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Region is typically held by a high school student, but this year Postlethwait Middle School eighth grader Eryne Jenkins won the honor.
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  •  The job of mistress of ceremonies for the annual Women of Distinction ceremony hosted by the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Region is typically held by a high school student, but this year Postlethwait Middle School eighth grader Eryne Jenkins won the honor.
    “When I found out I was going to be MC I felt really overjoyed because when I was auditioning one lady said I had poise when I was on stage and that I had personality on stage,” Eryne said. “You never really know those things until someone tells you.”
    The Women of Distinction program honors a woman who has been a role model to girls; this year’s Woman of Distinction honoree was W. L. Gore President and CEO Terri Kelly. The program was held on March 11 at Hotel DuPont.
    The program offers Girl Scouts a chance to hear from female leaders, while developing leadership skills, said Jennifer Acord, communications and advocacy manager for Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Region.
    Eryne, a member of Troop 696 out of Camden, received a call in January inviting her to audition for the mistress of ceremonies role. The judges were impressed by her accomplishments, which include participation in Odyssey of the Mind, Mathletes and roughly seven years of Girl Scouts, Eryne said.
    For her audition, Eryne read the script from last year’s Women of Distinction ceremony in front of a panel of employees from Girls Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay.
    “I like talking in front of people, but the thought that I was going against [high school] seniors and people much older than me was a little bit scary,” she said.
    Eryne landed the role and then received the script she was to follow roughly two weeks before the program. She read over the program every day and practiced her timing. On the night of the program, Eryne was responsible for introducing speakers and keeping the program moving, all in front of more than 300 people. She was also given the chance to pose a question to Kelly.
    Eryne’s mother, Alicia Jenkins, said she was proud of her daughter’s performance.
    “She did excellent,” Alicia Jenkins said. “She was able to talk with adults about a variety of things, as well as be able to keep the program flowing under the time constraints. Since she was MC, she’s been looking further into technology, science and math and doing more career exploration.”
    After attending the Women of Distinction program, Eryne narrowed her career interests to biomedical engineering or pediatric neurology. Eryne also learned a few lessons through her experience as mistress of ceremonies.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I learned that preparation really helps when you get in front of people, but what really matters is that you be yourself on stage and be a personal Girl Scout,” she said. “I learned how to give the script a spin that made it my own.”

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