La Cañada girl scout wins national award

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Malia Mailes, the local Girl Scout who made headlines last spring for her work highlighting the dangers of commercial truck traffic on Angeles Crest Highway, has been named a 2009 National Young Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

Mailes is one of 10 scouts across the country to receive the award and will be honored at the Girl Scouts’ national meeting in St. Louis in February.

Last Spring, the scout launched an investigation into safety on Angeles Crest Highway, conducting research online, interviewing the city traffic engineer, Erik Zandvliet, and convincing her parents to drive her up and down the highway multiple times.

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Written by Megan O'Neil

December 23, 2009 at 12:32 pm

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