Girl Scout pulled from memorial project for late-teacher - WNEM TV 5

Girl Scout pulled from memorial project for late-teacher

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BRECKENRIDGE, MI (WNEM) -

With tears streaming down her face, Girl Scout Emily Deese explained the heartbreak she feels after her impassioned plea before the Breckenridge village council didn't go her way on Monday.

"I wanted to honor him, but now I can't even finish the project," Deese said.

Deese said she organized a fundraiser to build a memorial pavilion to honor Douglas Sowle, a longtime local educator who died last year.

It was part of her Gold Award project for Girl Scouts.

But now, she said the village has snatched it from her grasp.

"I made a promise to him, and now I can't honor it," Deese said.

But the village said, it's the Girl Scouts who took her off the project.

"Girl Scouts of America sent out a letter saying she had received her gold award, and her project for all intents and purposes was completed," said Village Manager Jeff Ostrander.

Ostrander points to a letter from the Girl Scouts from Feb. 12 asking Deese to turn over all her documents and records for the project, saying that her involvement was over.

But in a letter dated eight days earlier, it was Ostrander who contacted Girl Scouts saying he thought the project was done.

Deese and her family said the decision to remove her may be political.

But the teen said all she was trying to do was honor a respected member of the community.

"I'm going to fight for what I believe in, and it's not ending here," Deese said.

See the correspondence between Ostrander and the Girl Scouts below: 

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