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.