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PA Gold Award Girl Scouts Honored on May 11

81 Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania earned the Gold Award

May 13, 2018 (HARRISBURG, Pa.)– At an event on Saturday, May 11, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, 81 Gold Award Girl Scouts were recognized for earning the Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Gold Award. This prestigious award is earned by a select group of Girl Scouts who demonstrate a higher commitment to improving their communities and advocating for lasting change.  In the past year, 81 Girl Scouts from the 30-county footprint of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania earned the Gold Award.

Kendra Nichols, ABC27 Investigators team member, WHTM’s Investigators podcast co-host, and a former Girl Scout, served as mistress of ceremonies.

The road to the Gold Award begins with discovery. Each girl uses her own values and skills to identify a community issue she is passionate about and then determines the topic and audience for her project. Before proceeding, each girl submits a project proposal to our Gold Award Liaison. Mentors work with each Girl Scout to support the development of their projects, alongside each girl's Gold Award Advisor.

Each Girl Scout completed many hours of work and seven steps to earn her Gold Award, which include:


·       Identifying an issue in her community

·       Investigating the issue thoroughly

·       Building a team to support her efforts

·       Creating a plan to take action

·       Presenting the plan and gathering feedback

·       Taking action by leading a team to carry out the plan

·       Educating and inspiring



While working on her project, each Girl Scout dedicates herself to advancing her cause and accomplishing her goal. All of the projects completed this year will have a lasting and positive impact on our region and beyond. These Class of 2019 Gold Award Girl Scouts have exhibited outstanding leadership, exceptional organizational skills and a sincere commitment to investing in their communities.  Each Gold Award Girl Scout is listed below, in alphabetical order by hometown, along with the theme and title of her project.

Katie Mitchell

Bellefonte, PA

Education — Put Down the Electronics and Pick Up a Book


Karlea Allen

Berwick, PA

Healthy Relationships — Take a Stand, Lend a Hand


Angel Patton

Berwick, PA

Elderly Issues — Angel’s Heart


Sarah Esslinger 

Bloomsburg, PA

Elderly Issues — Care in the Air

Samantha Martin

Carlisle, PA

Civic Engagement – Carlisle Votes

Ally Byrne

Chambersburg, PA

Healthy Relationships — Teen Depression and Suicide


Brooklyn Varner

Cornwall, PA

Outdoors — Triangle Therapeutic Sensory Stimulation

Noel Nelson

Cresco, PA

Education — Nutritional Breakfast and Lunch Event


Nicole Jacobs

Dallas, PA

Domestic Violence — Snuggles Blankets


Alexis Lanza

Dallas, PA

Civic Engagement — Project Linus


Cori Cunningham

Dallastown, PA

Military/Veterans Affairs — Missing Dinner Guest POW Table


Taylor Hoverter

Dillsburg, PA

Civic Engagement — Concussion Advocacy


Katie Anderson

East Stroudsburg, PA

Healthy Relationships — Loving Me, Myself, and I


Lorynn Watt

East Stroudsburg, PA

Health — Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes Awareness


Olivia Krise

Enola, PA

Health — Growing in Health


Paige Potalivo

Enola, PA

Education — Reusable Face Masks


Annie Wagner

Enola, PA

Animals – Trap Neuter Release Awareness Program


Rachelle Youells

Forty Fort, PA

Civic Engagement — A Cemetery Revival/Memorial Project


Olivia Prosser

Gardners, PA

Health — Health and Emergency Service Awareness


Mary Heaton

Gettysburg, PA

Civic Engagement — Vote Your Voice


Joy Tushek

Gettysburg, PA

Education — Citizen Science in the Outdoors: Learn about Our PA State Symbols!


Makenna Martin

Hanover, PA

Environment and Sustainability — Heartfelt Harvest


Rosa Azzato

Harrisburg, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — Expressions Art Camp


Samantha Cooper
Harrisburg, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — Sami’s Smile Station


Kathryn Hicklin

Harrisburg, PA

Animals — Responsible PAWS Dog Fair


Lydia Kessler

Harrisburg, PA

Environment and Sustainability — Rain Garden at Brightbill Park


Elizabeth Sheedy

Harrisburg, PA

Animals — Raising a Susquehanna Service Dog


Madison Guzzo

Hawley, PA

Animals — Bow Wow! Now that’s a Good Dog Park!


Devon Driggers

Henryville, PA

Animals — Feral Cat Shelters


Srija Konduru

Hummelstown, PA

Disaster Relief — Be Prepared


Rachel Stuber

Huntingdon, PA

Healthy Relationships — GLOW


Abigail Paul

Jim Thorpe, PA

Education — Little Free Library


Kyra Krzywicki

Kingston, PA

Civic Engagement — Kingston Police K-9 Memorial Dog Park


Brooke Taylor

Kingston, PA

Disability — Swings for Chase, and HIE Awareness Project


Rachel Mencer

Lancaster, PA

Public Safety — Self Defense for Everyone


Emma Gemberling

Lewisburg, PA

Children’s Issues — Coloring Helps


Sarah Mahoney

Lewisburg, PA

Military/Veterans Affairs — Veterans Remembered: Past, Present, and Future


Marah Dormuth

Lewisbury, PA

Animals — Downtown Pet Pantry


Kayla Prestianni

Lords Valley, PA

Education — Edible Garden


Mary Booth

McConnellsburg, PA

Education — Free Library at Keller’s


Revati Athavale

Mechanicsburg, PA

Education — CVHS Memory Team


Sara DeMichele

Mechanicsburg, PA

Health — Improving the Dental Health of Toddlers


Megan Goudly

Mechanicsburg, PA

Education — Children’s Reading Corner


Delaney McCracken

Mechanicsburg, PA

Elderly Issues — A Generation of Friendship


Lauren Murphy-Sweet

Mechanicsburg, PA

Elderly Issues — Lasting Memory Quilts


Amanda Works

Mechanicsburg, PA

Children’s Issues — Foster Family Fall Festival

Anna Harter

Mifflinburg, PA

STEM — Second Grade Independent STEM Kits


Emily Kerstetter

Mifflinburg, PA

STEM — Mifflinburg School Exploration Room


Allyson Scheunemann

Millville, PA

Outdoors — Girls ROC Mountain Bike Camp


Lindsey Coy

Montrose, PA

Civic Engagement — Preserving Historical Documents


Elizabeth Stevenson

New Freedom, PA

Children’s Issues — Back to School Picnic

Elizabeth Yealy
New Oxford, PA

Environment and Sustainability — Going Green


Mary Madeline Lewis

Pittston, PA

Civic Engagement — Florence Foster Jenkins: Historical Marker


Bianca Mazzarella 

Pittston, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — Live On


Hope Shiltz

Pleasant Mills, PA

Outdoors — Being One with Nature


Jennifer Davison

Port Matilda, PA

STEM — STEAM Mural at Discovery Space


Dana Cutti

Red Lion, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — Orchestra Matters


Tamara Bartholomew

Scranton, PA

Life Skills— Child Safety 101


Kaylee Magda

Scranton, PA

Children’s Issues — Re-Thread Community Closet


Savannah Appleby

Shade Gap, PA

Environment and Sustainability — Butterfly Garden


Elisabeth Azarewicz

Shavertown, PA

Environment and Sustainability — Recycling Awareness


Emily Gloeckner

Shrewsbury, PA

Health — Get Out and GaGa


Elizabeth Craig

State College, PA

Sports — The Gold Gear Project


Emma Mahute

State College, PA

Children’s Issues — Preschool Buddy Bench


Leah Patzkowsky

State College, PA

Life Skills — Personal Care Pantries


Sarah Watkins

State College, PA

Environment and Sustainability — Little Flat CCC Cabin Preservation


Lydia Althouse

Stevens, PA

Animals — Tying It All Together


Jessica Nelson

Stewartstown, PA

Elderly Issues — Comfort Companions

Jenavieve Pursell

Swoyersville, PA

Life Skills — Mericle Mile


Isabella Fisher

Tannersville, PA

Life Skills — The Old Glory Mission

Taylor Zackarias

Tunkhannock, PA

Military/Veterans Affairs — Honoring Our Veterans

Maris Kilgus

Watsontown, PA

Outdoors — Building a Firepit at Zion Lutheran Church


Eva King

Wilkes Barre, PA

Environment and Sustainability — The Bee Project


Renee Bonner

Wrightsville, PA

Environment and Sustainability — William Kain Boat Ramp Flower Garden

Margaret Boyle

Wrightsville, PA

Health — Children’s Activity Space


Lyndsey Hertneky

York, PA

Animals — Pet Supply Pantry


Alexis Logsdon

York, PA

Sports — Storage Unit Construction


Pressley McMaster

York, PA

Education — Murals


Fiona Valore

York, PA

Outdoors — Bluebird Boxes


Sarah Volk

York, PA

Sports — Ticket Booth and Storage Unit Construction


Ashton Waltemyer

York, PA

Civic Engagement — Hanover Fire Museum