Hardy Girls Healthy Women will honor Kayla Scheimreif of Waldoboro and four other girls in the upcoming Girls Rock! Awards ceremony during its third annual Girls Rock! Weekend on April 9-11.

Girls Rock! Weekend, which honors girls’ voices, leadership and activism, will start Friday April 9 in Waterville with the 12th annual Girls Unlimited! Conference, Powered by Girls. Focusing on media literacy, girls’ health and strategies for social change, the conference will feature workshops developed and presented by girls, for girls. All girls in grades four to eight are invited to attend. Registration is $10 before April 5, $15 afterward. Scholarships are available.

The Girls Rock! Awards, held April 9 at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta, will honor five girls and one woman who are using their voices in bold and powerful ways to make Maine a better place for all girls. The Girls Rock! Awards will be presented to girls ages 12-19 who are making a difference for all girls.

“We were in awe of the powerful social change these girls are making. We know that honoring them in this way will inspire other girls to take the lead as well as change attitudes about what girls are capable of doing and what they care about,” said Hardy Girls Healthy Women’s Board President Tobi Schneider.

Entrepreneurship Award recipient Kayla Scheimreif, 16, of Waldoboro is committed to sustainability and homesteading and sells homemade goods, including beeswax candles and bee balm, at the Common Ground Fair and out of her home. She also runs a summer camp for children and pens a bi-monthly newspaper column. Hardy Girls said Scheimreif is a truly innovative and environmentally aware entrepreneur.

Hardy Girls will also honor 2010 Olympian Julia Clukey, an Augusta native on the U.S. luge team, with the Co-Creator Award. The Co-Creator Award is given annually to a young woman whose work is advancing the Hardy Girls’ vision.

The Girls Rock! Awards are free and open to the public but registration is required. Four additional Maine girls will be honored: Title IX Award winner Mariah Jones, 17, of Clinton; Health Advocacy Award recipient Stephanie Knight, 17, of Acton; Against the Odds Award winner Danielle Lorrain, 17, of East Boothbay; and Community Organizing Award winner Winey Ogweta, 16, of Portland.

On Saturday, April 10, the Girls Rock! Weekend moves south with a performance of “That Takes Ovaries!” at the North Star Café in Portland. Based on the book by Rivka Solomon and directed by Cathy Plourde of Add Verb Productions, “That Takes Ovaries” honors the real-life stories of women and girls who perform gutsy, outrageous and courageous acts. Following the performance, Hardy Girls will open the stage to audience members who wish to share their stories of daring. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children.

The three-day celebration wraps up with the Poetry Mashup and Open Mic on Sunday, April 11 where girls and women are invited to share their creative work, poetry, music or spoken word. The event will be held at Jorgensen’s Café in Waterville from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

To find out more about the events or to register, visit hghw.org or call 861-8131. Hardy Girls Healthy Women works to ensure all women and girls are independent, safe and equal in their everyday lives.