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Extraordinary Girl Alley Pauley

Alley Pauley, Alley Girl to her family, is 11, and has been a Girl Scout for six years. Besides being a Girl Scout, she’s played the violin since kindergarten, and loves to perform at nursing and retirement homes across Hillsborough County. “My mom loves it when I play Amazing Grace,” she adds. Alley Girl also enjoys reading, volleyball, dancing, sailing, and playing with Sweetie, her rescued dog.

What makes you happy? Why?

I like helping people and animals because it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something good in the world. I enjoy making sandwiches for the homeless with my mom. I enjoy being a Girl Scout because I learn new things, and I’m able to help others through our service projects.

Who is your biggest inspiration or role model? Why?

I am lucky. I have several positive role models. I look up to my mom because she is always smiling and kind, and she helps people. She took care of my grandmother all summer until grandma was well enough to go home.  My mom says it is important to take care of your family when they need help.  I also think my dad is a good role model because he is a hard worker in his job as an aerospace engineer with NOAA. My parents always tell me to never be afraid to try new things in life. They say I can accomplish anything if I work hard and take pride in my work. I also admire both of my grandfathers, Thomas Reddin and Mike Pauley, because they were in the military during the Vietnam War. They were truly brave to put their lives in danger for our country.

What is your favorite thing to do with your family?

I enjoy family game night, where we play board games. I also enjoy going to the beach, collecting shells and special treasures.  We have shells all over our house in baskets. My family collects unique items from places we visit.  For this reason, our house is kind of like a museum. We also have a lot of things from Alaska, like snowshoes. Alaska is where I was born.

What advice do you have for girls your age?

Always be yourself, because your true friends will like you for who you are.  Stay true to yourself and always be kind to everyone around you.

What are your aspirations for the future?

I would like to become a veterinarian or a defense attorney. I am good with animals, especially dogs.  I also would like being a defense attorney. In my social studies class with Mr. Amrhein, we did a mock trial and I was one of the defense attorneys. It was fun and our team won.

What is your favorite way to relax?

I enjoy reading. I read all of the time with my dog snuggling at my feet. Reading allows me to visit exciting places with different characters.

If you could change the world in one way, what would it be?

I would end people and dogs and cats living on the streets because everyone deserves a home with food and a loving family.

What does Girl Scouts of America mean to you?

It means making friends, having fun, helping others, learning new things and going on adventures.

What is your favorite experience?

In Girl Scouting, it’s when we get to attend camp. We learn so much about the outdoors and safety. We earn badges, and we get to see wild life up close. I love being a Girl Scout!

What message do you want to share with other girls and families?

Girl Scouts helps you learn who you want to be through the many exciting adventures and learning experiences with friends. Girl Scouts also teaches you how to make a positive impact in the world.

Tell us about your community projects.

To earn my Bronze Award, I participated in a “Take Action Project” with a few Girl Scouts from my troop.  We made dog blankets and treats for an animal shelter. We also collected food and toys for all the dogs and cats.  I decided to do this project because I adopted my dog Sweetie. She is an Australian cattle dog. She has brought so much happiness to my family.

My troop also made peace cranes for Girl Scouts in Japan after the tsunami. I also made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless with the Nativity Peanut Butter and Jelly Ministry. My troop collected peanut butter and jelly at our Girl Scout meetings and we donated them to the ministry. We also donated toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, body wash and soap. Every year, I donate Girl Scout Cookies to deployed military members. During the holidays, I also wrote letters to let them know we support them and appreciate their many sacrifices. I also donated my used books and games to Everyday Blessings Orphanage.

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