Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is honoring 59 Gold Award recipients at the celebration on Saturday, June 29 at 2 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador may earn. The Gold Award project challenges girls to identify an unmet need or core issue in their community, research and investigate it, recruit volunteers and build a team to create a plan to address the issue or need. Across Northeast Ohio, members of the community are seeing great changes take place. Elementary schools are receiving valuable STEM resources. Places of worship are seeing improvements to their buildings and to the safety of their congregations. Animals have new habitats and resources to support their populations. These things were all made possible because of Gold Award Girl Scouts!
When compared to non–Girl Scout alums, Gold Award Girl Scouts soar when it comes to seeing themselves as leaders, providing service to others through volunteerism, and having positive attitudes about themselves and the lives they lead. Over 90% of Girl Scouts not only attributed their success in life to Girl Scouts, but they also said they could not have had access to the same experiences anywhere else.
Nationwide, only five percent of eligible Girl Scouts go for the gold. This year, 59 Gold Award recipients from Northeast Ohio will join the ranks of generations of young women who are recognized for making a difference, both locally and globally. It’s not only Girl Scouts who understand the value of the Gold Award. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces automatically enter the military one rank higher.
Local 2019 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients including city and project title:
- Anna Bratton, North Olmsted, Food for Families
- Katie Cirincione, Westlake, Language Libraries
- Jaraka Rogers, North Ridgeville, Safetyville Building
- Hannah Salem, Westlake, Hannah’s Cancer Comfort Caps
- Marguerite Smith, Avon Lake, Net Gains
- Kera Stroski, Westlake, Westlake Soccer Association Refresh
- Liz Wenner, Sheffield Lake, Respecting the Deceased Preschool
Brianna Bath, Brunswick, Job Box; Kristen Blyler, Hudson, Mason Bee Houses; Hannah Botzman, Independence, Church Renovation; Dana Chapin, Chardon, Best of Show; Karah Chappel, Independence, Mission: Strings; Julia Clapper, Medina, Native Homes; Mary Condon, Chagrin Falls, Knit for a Change; Grace Cousens, Chardon, The Giving Garden; Emily Cronin, Chagrin Falls, Bainbridge Safe Room Renovation; Alexandra Dean, Brunswick, Music Library Renovations; Danielle DiGiacomo, Ashtabula, Project K-9; Olivia DiSanto, New Franklin, Goodyear Wing Foot Nature Center; Chloe Downerd, North Canton, Walk a Mile in my Shoes; Sarah Eshelman, Chagrin Falls, Little Free Library and Reading Garden; Mackenzie Fields, Solon, Pigment Pretty; Caroline Flessner, Akron, Blooms for Butterflies; Kaitlyn Fought, Bellevue, Water for Dogs; Sophia Graves, Wadsworth, Adirondack Shelter Rebuild; June Guy, Northfield, Scrap the Stereotype; Katherine Hart, Wadsworth, A Safe Space for Kids; Cordelia Hoffmann, Brunswick, Band Recruitment Videos; Natalie Isaacs, Akron, Kicking Out Self-Doubt One Page at a Time; Alexis Jacobson, Parma, Unity in the Community; Elizabeth Jorgenson, Richfield, Educational Pollinator Garden; Heyley Ketchum, Huron, Nourishing Huron County Garden; Rachael Kindig, Doylestown, Replanting of Trees in Local Historical Society; Katherine Kissner, Medina, Helping the Medina Raptor Center; Sarah Kocher, North Canton, Concession Fixer Upper; Elizabeth Larson, Twinsburg, The Paw Project; Taylre Lehmann, Fremont, Sandusky County Historical Scavenger Hunt; Kendra Lippincott, Sagamore Hills, Nordonia Infinity Cheer; Rebecca Mold, Twinsburg, Vermicomposting Program and STEM Education; Kelsey Namola, Warren, Odd Fellows Little Library; Laura O’Neill, Girard, Girard Historical Society Patch Program; Molly Obergefell, Mentor, Mixed Recycling Program at St. Mary of the Assumption School; Grace Perry, Mentor, The Playroom: A Student Written, Directed and Produced One-Act Festival; Ciara Pyles, Lordstown, Refurbishing and Organizing Lordstown High School Band Uniforms; Dana Quinlan, Cleveland, Active Writers at Lake Erie Ink; Ayda Qureshi, Uniontown, ISNEO Safety; Alexis Reed, Twinsburg, Meadow Trail Renovation; Abigail Richardson, Akron, Refugee Literacy Initiative; Isabel Ruiz-Flint, Solon, Your Voice Matters; Jade Rush, Mentor, Mixed Recycling Program; Rachel Schulze, Rome, Landscape Boxes; Skylar Scott, Tallmadge, Foster Warmth; Nimue Shive, Chardon, Planting Beds at the Lantern of Madison; Lindsey Shrodek, Warren, Howland Hope Garden; Jessica Sunderhaft, Chagrin Falls, Camp Ho Mita Koda; Morgan Tropf, Uniontown, Clean Air; Rachel Ward, McDonald, The Outdoor Classroom at Heavenly Beginnings; Virginia Williams, Copley, Peace Out Path; Addison Wilson, Warren, Lordstown Elementary School Buddy Benches
Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, or learn more about volunteering, please visit gsneo.org.
To set up an interview with a Gold Award Girl Scout, please contact Girl Scouts of North East Ohio at 880.852.4474.
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio connects girls to a world of possibilities in a positive and inclusive, girl-led environment. Girls are inspired to discover their passions and empowered to reach their full potential through a proven leadership development program. GSNEO serves 25,000 girls and 11,000 adult volunteer members throughout an 18-county region including Medina, Portage, and Summit counties; Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake counties; Carroll, Stark and Tuscarawas counties; Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties; Erie, Huron, Lorain, Sandusky and Seneca counties.
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