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Gold Award Girl Scouts Honored on May 11


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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