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High school senior aims high in Girl Scout organization

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  • By Samantha Crane
  • 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
Holly Martin, a senior at Mascoutah High School and daughter of Brig. Gen. Frederick Martin, Air Mobility Command A3 director, has dedicated much of her life to serving others, much like her father.

Holly joined Girl Scouts at the age of 5 as a Daisy Scout, but her journey as a girl scout is unique to many girls in the U.S.

"Before moving to Scott AFB, I lived in Stuttgart, Germany, and was a member of the Transatlantic Girl Scout Council," she said. "With my Girl Scout troop, I visited two of the Girl Scout World Centers in London, England and Adelboden, Switzerland."
Holly embraces the frequent moves associated with the military lifestyle as a way to learn from each new experience.

"With my father's Air Force career, I have moved on average every two years," she said. "This has allowed me to experience living and traveling in many different places in the U.S. and Europe, and even Africa."

Holly has learned from the different cultures in each place she has traveled and even learned to speak German, but most of all, she has cherished the interactions with so many diverse groups of people.

"I enjoy helping people and using my experiences to teach others how they can become stronger and better people and help to make a positive impact in their community," she said.

Her parents describe her as a passionate and confident young woman.

"Holly's Gold Award project is a wonderful outreach that will inspire and help young girls grow in confidence, knowledge and skills," they said. "We're so proud of her hard work ethic and service to the community through the Girl Scouts."

Holly has already received her Silver and Bronze Awards, which each require extensive community service, and now she is aiming for the highest accolade a Girl Scout can receive, the Girl Scout Gold Award. To be considered for the honor, a girl must write a detailed Gold Award Project proposal which she has to have approved by her local Girl Scout Council, and then complete the Gold Award Project. Holly is creating and will host a workshop that will have a lasting impact on her community by making a difference in the lives of the girls. For Holly, that community is Scott Air Force Base.

"I am creating and hosting a workshop for girls ages 11 to 15 called 'Fitness, Friendship, & Food 4 U,'" she said.

The free, two-day workshop will be held July 7 and 8 at Chapel 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"I want the girls who attend my workshop to become better equipped with good information to help them grow," said Holly. "My workshop and guest speakers will enable these young girls to be better informed about the topics of inner beauty, self esteem, leadership, positive communications, nutrition and much more. It will be a fun and educational experience."

Girls attending the workshop should bring their own lunch, but snacks and drinks will be provided. Girls interested in attending should RSVP by July 5.

To RSVP or for more information, e-mail Holly at