Girl Scout organizes health fair | NevadaAppeal.com

Girl Scout organizes health fair

by Susie Vasquez, Appeal Staff Writer

Heather Johnson, a 17-year-old with large eyes and long brown hair, didn’t look like the boss at Saturday’s Health Fair at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, but she was.

A Douglas High School senior and Girl Scout, Heather put the fair together for her Gold Award. Equivalent to an Eagle Scout for boys, it is the highest honor awarded to girls in scouting.

“The most challenging part, was getting enough courage to commit to this project,” she said. “I don’t consider myself a leader. I’m more of a follower, so this didn’t come easy for me. But I love the positive results, seeing the support of the community come together and supporting a worthwhile cause.”

Soft-spoken and unassuming, Heather is the daughter of Chuck and Louise Johnson. A member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, she lives with her mother in Douglas County and plans on attending Western Nevada Community College after high school.

“I don’t know that my commitment to scouting will end here,” she said. “I might join campus Girl Scouts and I help my mom with her cadet troop. I really enjoy helping the younger girls, teaching games and crafts.”

Heather plays the flute and enjoys being a member of the Douglas High School flag team. At the moment, she’s planning a career as a masseuse.

Carson-Tahoe Hospital and United Blood Services were just two of the organizations offering a number of services, including everything from pulmonary function tests and blood pressure screening to bone density testing.

Between 60 and 80 residents attended the event.