recent gold award recipients

recent gold award recipients

 

 

 

 

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn.  A project must involve a minimum of 80 hours for the following steps: identifying an issue, investigating it thoroughly, getting help and building a team, creating a plan, presenting your plan, gathering feedback, taking action, and educating and inspiring others. It is more than just a good service project – it encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills.  The following are the projects of the girls who most recently have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.

 

Ciara B.

Ciara’s Gold Award, “The Stronger Project,” was created in memory of those who have ended their lives due to bullying.  This project focused on creating a social networking site that combats bullying in high schools and provides a support system to those affected. Currently, the site has members from over 10 different states.  Ciara has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and has grown extremely close with her leaders and sister Girl Scouts.  Her goal is to become a diplomat or ambassador for the United States Government.


“I identified community issues through my project by addressing bullying and discrimination; something that plagues my community and several other communities.  Now I am more influential in my actions and a self-motivated person which has allowed me to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Lindsey B.

Lindsey’s Gold Award project, “Through the Eyes of a Child,” was to create awareness among many teachers about specific learning disabilities (SLD) and how the actions and reactions of teachers affect the children in their classroom with SLD.  She attacked the common misconceptions about SLD in students and offered positive solutions to dealing with an SLD child.  Lindsey was a Girl Scout for 13 years and wishes to become a missionary.


“I would not allow another kid to feel the same frustration and pain I had to go through... No one deserves that pain.  I learned to always give things your all and not to allow naysayers the satisfaction of quitting.  This was a great opportunity to show my leadership.”

Susan F.

Susan’s Gold Award project, “Caught Between Two Worlds: Mission Sisterhood,” was to build a “bridge” for Latina girls who felt displaced.  As she grew, she wanted to educate others on her culture but didn’t know how.  Her mother brought her to the Roots and Wings workshop sponsored by Girls Scouts.  From there, she formed a group for girls to learn about themselves and talk about things they deal with every day.  She hoped this would help strengthen relationships, balance both worlds, and help girls be open and proud of their culture.  Susan’s career goal is to be a lawyer.
 

“Knowing that there was someone out there that understood what you were going through was a great opportunity.  So we stood up, held hands, and became one.  We handled our similarities (which to others were differences) together.  We began to understand the balance of both worlds, and helped each other (and hopefully more to come) to find our ‘’bridge.’’

Alexis J.

 

Alexis has a deep rooted passion for the ukulele and for her Gold Award project, planned a very successful event called “Ukulele Day.”  The project addressed the lack of knowledge people have of the ukulele and her goal was to inspire others to find a spark of interest for the instrument.  More than 40 people and the media attended the day filled with family fun, songs, teaching to children, and education.  Alexis has loved her Girl Scout experience and will cherish the memories made.  She has a bright future and wants to join the United States Navy.
 

“As a leader I’ve discovered that leadership doesn’t come from expecting others to follow your path, but from doing what you love doing and within time people will decide to follow.  That makes a true leader.”

Avnee M.

For Avnee’s Gold Award project, she planned an event called “Volunteer Rush,” in hopes to change students’ attitudes towards volunteering and help students determine where they could earn their volunteer hours, have fun, and also gain knowledge about different career opportunities.  She wanted to make an impact by exposing teenagers to the many local charities and organizations who needed volunteers.  She has been a Girl Scout for 11 years, and now leads a Girl Scout troop of her own with two other Girl Scout Ambassadors.  Her career goal is to become a veterinarian.


“A major long-term impact is the fact that these students will have a greater edge to get into the college of their choice and they are more eligible for many scholarships. I also know that local organizations will have benefited as they gain volunteers.  It’s a win-win.”

Jasmine M.

Jasmine wanted her Gold Award project to reflect on the time she spent at the Boys and Girls Club and set a positive impact for other teens.  Leading the teens, she built butterfly and portable gardens at the Boys and Girls Club which exposed them to hands on gardening and environmental health. Now they better understand what it takes to make a healthy environment on a larger scale. Jasmine has been a Girl Scout for over seven years.  She wishes to earn her Ph.D. in psychology.


“This project has given me the support and mindset needed to know that every mountain is bigger before you start climbing it.  I can see this project’s impact in the future by helping to create a healthier environment.  Even if the teens do not instantly change their behavior, this project has planted a seed in teen responsibility.”

Nichole P.

Nichole’s Gold Award project, “Spirit of Butterflies,” was to restore the butterfly garden at Plymouth Harbour retirement community. She worked with many people to plan and construct a garden that was to be both eco-friendly and meaningful to the residents.  She named the garden “Tilly’s Butterfly Garden” in memory of the resident who first started the garden wishing for a sanctuary for current residents.  Nichole has been in Girl Scouts for over 10 years. She wishes to pursue a degree in psychology.
 

“This project has helped me better understand that I can make a difference in the world. Hearing stories and being told how much my project meant to so many people was the most amazing and satisfying aspect of my project. I will always try to take leadership roles and make a difference. “

Kelsey P.

Kelsey’s Gold Award project “Connected!,” focused on bringing technology into a retirement community. The residents didn’t have any modern-day technology to communicate with their families that lived far away. Her goal was to make it possible to bring in computers and set up Facebook and Skype accounts for the residents to learn to use. The residents gained the attitude of connection and are better socially connected in their community and in the lives of their loved ones. Kelsey has been in Girl Scouts for over 10 years. Her career aspiration is to become a doctor.


“Technology is one of the leading global links in our world today and can open up a lot of doors. Connection and communication are important to all. Having bridged this gap with the residents of the retirement community, the residents can continue to feel more and more connected.”

Hataitaya R.

For Hataitaya’s Gold Award project, she went to a local assisted living facility and helped build a sustainable garden.  She wanted the patients to benefit from the garden by admiring and enjoying the nature and its natural healing ability.  The plants were specifically chosen to attract butterflies and add more life to the scenery and the garden. Hataitaya has been a Girl Scout for 10 years. She considers her Girl Scout troop her second “family,” and she plans to study in the medical field.


“These skills can help me through my daily life by offering me confidence in my decisions and in my communication skills. I was able to build skills through this project that will help me grow through adulthood.”

Jennifer S.

Jennifer has been a figure skater for nine years.  For her Gold Award project, her  passion for skating inspired her to organize a Skate Fun Day for children without access to these experiences from RCMA Charter School . The purpose was to introduce the children to new opportunities, potentially sparking interest in skating and/or hockey.  Jennifer has been a Girl Scout for 13 years. She hopes to become a doctor specializing in the field of pathology.


“The main purpose of the is project is to address the value of communication and people working together.  I whole heartedly believe that these kids will benefit as this will improve both their communication and listening skills with the coaches and other adult volunteers.”

Shelby S.

 

Shelby’s Gold Award project, “The Silent Majority,” addresses people who have been abused but have not spoken out about it. A video was created to help people who are afraid to come forward and speak of their troubles.  She hopes it provides the extra boost needed to help stop the violence and give the victims voices. Shelby has been a Girl Scout for 12 years.  Her career goal is to become a lawyer.
 

“I want to help people grow.  I want to empower people to speak the truth and use their voices to speak against those who have harmed them.  I have become more serious and passionate when it comes to abuse and it is through the guidance of creating my video.”

Lindsay W.

Lindsay’s Gold Award project focused on her passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to create a STEM Summer Camp for Girls.  She discovered that many girls have a lack of interest and confidence in STEM programs, causing a large gap between women and men in their careers.  Lindsay invited several women involved in STEM related careers to share opportunities with the girls.  She provided the attendees with STEM exposure through experiments, conversation, and education. Lindsay will go to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and will serve as an officer in the Coast Guard upon graduation.


“I feel very empowered to make a difference in the world because I was able to accomplish this project and overcome all obstacles. I am capable to engage kids in STEM now and perhaps in the future too as their interest and exposure grow.”

Samantha W.

The Wildlife Center of Venice did not have enough enclosures to rehabilitate the number of injured or orphaned animals that they tend to on a daily basis.  This need inspired Samantha’s Gold Award project, to build an enclosure to provide three more habitats for animals in their care.  This enclosure has provided the center with the ability to assist more animals and allow the birds to have room to re-learn and strengthen flight skills.  Samantha has been involved in Girl Scouts since kindergarten which helped shape her.


“I know that our little corner of Florida is only a small part of our world, but if everyone helps out and does their part we can all, locally and globally, make a big difference. If only one small thing changes in your area for the good, a positive chain reaction happens.”

Kaley W.

Happehatchee is an eco-spiritual center providing environmental and healing arts education, and is also a historical Girl Scout landmark.  Kaley’s Gold Award project, “Operation Happehatchee,” involved planning and constructing information boards and benches allowing visitors to enjoy the center to its fullest.  This experience enhanced Kaley’s leadership skills, providing her with the confidence that she can do anything.  Kaley has been in Girl Scouts for 11 years and hopes to become a nurse in the United States Military.


“While working on my project, I learned to keep moving forward no matter what.  I will be able to apply what I learned from this project to future problems I encounter.”