Forensic scientist speaks at Girl Scouts event

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Forensic scientist Heather May will be the featured speaker for the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois 2015 Young Women of Distinction event on Sunday, June 14 at Hoffman House, 7550 E. State Street in Rockford.

May specializes in biology and DNA analysis for the Illinois State Police Rockford Forensic Science Laboratory.

She also earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor, the Girl Scout Gold Award, in 2001.

May will share her Girl Scout memories which she refers to as “non-traditional adventures,” and the path she took to becoming a forensic scientist.

“Girl Scouts fostered a spirit of exploration by encouraging me to ask ‘why’ and learn new things. It taught me to face my fears, how to present myself, and to speak up for what I believed,” says May.

“I also learned about teamwork, both with other girls and adults. Girl Scouts gave me a maturity I don’t think other girls had at such a young age.”

This annual event honors Girl Scout Gold Award recipients for their leadership and development of Take Charge projects throughout their communities.

Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois scholarship recipients will also be recognized at this event.

Registration for the event is open to the public until Wednesday online at

The cost for the event is $25 per youth under 18, $35 per registered Girl Scout adult, general public $40 per person or a table of eight for $320.

To learn more about the event contact Kathleen Baylis at 815-962-5591 extension 7156, or email

For more information regarding volunteering, donating, joining or to reconnect with Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois visit or call 1-800-242-5591.

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