Oct. 30, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Halloween may not be until Wednesday, but two cross country runners had the chance to celebrate a little early when they attended a Girl Scout Halloween party on Oct. 20.
Freshmen Grace Meurer and Ariel Michalek helped judge the Halloween costume contest at the party in Cross Plains, Wis.
“I loved talking to the kids while I was judging and seeing all of the effort they put into their costumes,” said Michalek.
Meurer also enjoyed judging the contest, but it was her involvement with the Girl Scouts organization that made the event extra special. The Fond Du Lac, Wis., native was involved with the organization until last year. She was excited to have the opportunity to pass on the affinity she has for the organization to the next generation.
“I really looked up to athletes and older kids in general when I was growing up in Girl Scouts,” she said. “I loved visitors.”
According to troop leader Rebecca Johnson, the Girl Scouts loved the student-athletes’ visit as well.
“As an organization founded on developing girls and young women to be the next generation of leaders, the interaction provided by Meurer and Michalek was priceless,” she said. “Opportunities to met current role models in society offers the girls insight and passion to becoming one themselves.”
For Michalek and Meurer, the opportunity to be a role model is not taken lightly.
“Everyone says that they want to be a person that someone looks up to,” said Michalek. “The fact that little girls that may want to play sports or go to college one day look up to us, that means a lot.”