Eagan teen revives SES outdoor theater

Eagan resident Paige Schornak received a Girl Scout Gold Award in June for restoring the amphitheater at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley. Schornak graduated from SES last May. The Gold Award is the highest honor in Girl Scouts. (Photo by Jessica Harper)

Eagan resident Paige Schornak received a Girl Scout Gold Award in June for restoring the amphitheater at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley. Schornak graduated from SES last May. The Gold Award is the highest honor in Girl Scouts. (Photo by Jessica Harper)

As a student at the School of Environmental Studies in Apple Valley, Paige Schornak often passed the school’s overgrown and unused outdoor amphitheater. A theater buff, the Eagan resident set out to renovate the 20-year-old structure — a task for which last month she earned a Girl Scout Gold Award, scouting’s highest honor.

“Most students didn’t know about it,” said Schornak, a 2012 graduate. “I’m in theater and enjoy the environment, so I figured I might as well kill two birds with one stone.”

With a $20 budget, Schornak and a group of volunteers, designed and installed a new staircase, repaired the aging cement bleachers, and removed weeds that were taking over the seating and around the small stage.

“I hope one day, SES can host a small talent show or productions here,” said Schornak, who is studying theater production design at Normandale Community College in Bloomington.

Since the renovation, some teachers have used the amphitheater a few times for outdoor lectures.

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