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August 28, 2013 - Goodrich-A local scout is hoping to put a new charge into fitness.

Jessica Taylor, 17, a high school senior this fall, is vying for her Girl Scout Gold Award—the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, Jessica's project created a fitness circuit to introduce fitness to the community.

"I was researching the issues in the community and realized there are no parks to work out in the area," said Taylor, a member of Goodrich Troop 31. "So creating the fitness circuit is my effort to put physical activity into people's lives. The facility is open to the public, you don't need a gym or trainer."

The circuit is located at the middle school and includes parallel bars, pull-up bars, balance beam, jump panel, step up and push up/sit up bench.

"The stations that I have included within the circuit are the building blocks to many different workouts for all ages and skill levels," she said.

Taylor raised the $600 needed for the project by going door-to-door and collecting change for residents. Also, several local businesses assisted with the project incluidng Brown's Do-It Center, Bedrock Express, Lucy's Pet Supplies and Feed, John's Steakhouse and Continental Interior Designs, Inc.

"I started in Girl Scouts when I was about 8-years-old and have been involved ever since," she said. "After that I told my mother I wanted to be in scouting for life. I just love it. I've earned more than 100 badges over the years and just enjoy having the opportunity to meet so many people."

Taylor, a National Honor Society student, will be attending Hillsdale College in the fall of 2014 to study forensics. She has earned a partial scholarship for softball as a member of the Martian softball team.

A demonstration of the fitness circuit will be at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sept. 30. Children under 10 must be with an adult. Contact Jessica at: 5sballtaylor@gmail.com.

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