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Sixty Gold Award Girl Scouts Honored on May 12


Sixty Gold Award Girl Scouts Honored on May 12  

Top Honor in Girl Scouting earned by Gold Award Girl Scouts

May 8, 2018 (HARRISBURG, Pa.)– At an event on Saturday, May 12, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, 60 Gold Award Girl Scouts will be 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, 60 Girl Scouts from the 30-county footprint of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania earned the Gold Award.

In addition to the awards ceremony, former Girl Scout and Williamsport, PA native Shannon Silsby, Partner at New York City-based The Pi Group, will bring her unique perspective with keynote remarks.   Valerie Pritchett, anchor at WHTM abc27, also a former Girl Scout, will serve as mistress of ceremonies, as she has for a number of years.  

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 the Gold Award Committee. Mentors work with each Girl Scout to support the development of their projects, alongside each girl's Gold Award Advisor.

Each Girl Scout completed at least 80 hours of work and seven steps to earn her Gold Award, which includes:

·       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 2018 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.

Samantha Dyer

Berwick, PA

Sports — Clothing Drive for Proper Running Attire


Faith Templeton

Berwick, PA

Children’s IssuesGame Night


Geneva Maldonado

Bushkill, PA

Civic Engagement — Patriotism in the Community


Sulai Malpica 

Bushkill, PA

Environment and Sustainability — Pollinators in Action


Madeline Beckley

Camp Hill, PA

Disability- Puppy Sitter Palooza


Caitlyn Harper

Camp Hill, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — One Small World


Jocelyn Little

Camp Hill, PA

Disability — PAWS for Kindness


Madelynne Collins

Carlisle, PA

Healthy Relationships — Cleaning out the Closet


Rebecca Glusco

Dallastown, PA

Education — Operation Little Library


Rachel Worley

East Berlin, PA

Sports — Get Moving with Tennis


Kate Kindelberger

Elizabethtown, PA

Education — “Borne Learning Trail” Installation


Kylie Saar  

Etters, PA

Elderly Issues — Music and the Nursing Home


Alexandra Bruder

Fairfield, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — Music Camp


Dorrie Hammond

Fairfield, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — FAHS “Prop Closet”/Room Makeover


Kaitlyn Bowser

Greencastle, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — Cue the Music


Margaret Zuvich

Harrisburg, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — Tranquility Garden


Mary Gentile 

Hershey, PA

Education – BookNook


Allyson Koda

Hershey, PA

Disability — Pro-Lexia: Youths Advocating for Dyslexia


Elizabeth McCurdy

Hershey, PA

Sports — We ALL Play Ball


Annika Richards

Hershey, PA

Elderly Issues — Music Masters


Katherine Flanagan

Hummelstown, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — Improving English Fluency in Guatemala


Sarah Frick

Hummelstown, PA

Human Rights — Spreading Awareness about Human Trafficking


Lauren Rzucidlo  

Jermyn, PA

Elderly Issues — A Night to Remember


Charlotte Molitoris
Lancaster, PA

Education — What’s Next? Mentoring Program


Alisan Dodd

Leola, PA

Sports — Introduction to Dance and Exercise Club


Ashly Dodd

Leola, PA

Environment and Sustainability — Leola School Garden and Club


Elizabeth McCombs

Leola, PA

STEM — Girls After School STEM Club


Falon Weaver

Lewisberry, PA

Education — Design, Construct, and Install Three Free Little Library Units


Grace Walsh

Lewisburg, PA

Education — Kindergarten QR Code Library


Madeline Harmes

Lititz, PA

Education — Warwick High School Career Fair


Kali Mellin

Mayfield, PA

Military/Veteran Affairs — Operation Paperback Book Drive


Sarah Chacko

Mechanicsburg, PA

Education — CV HOSA: Bringing Health Career Opportunities to the “Heart” of PA


Anna Tartline

Mechanicsburg, PA

Poverty — Pantry Patrol


Kayla Pualani Wilder  

Mechanicsburg, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — Hampden Elementary Sculpture & Rock Garden


Olivia Wyland

Mechanicsburg, PA

Elderly Issues — Music Enjoyment for the Elderly



Jamila Gowdy

Miami, FL

Military/Veterans Affairs — Jamila’s Patriot Project


Tatum Gramly

Mifflinburg, PA

STEM — Curriculum Plan for STEM Program


Audralaine Mentrikoski

Mountain Top, PA

Health — Purse and Toiletry Drive for Homeless Women


Elizabeth Scanlan

Mountain Top, PA

Children’s Issues — Color Me Impressed


Michaela Susko

Nesquehoning, PA

Sports — Strengthening Character and Minimizing Bullying at Youth Cheer Camp


Nicole Hockenberry

New Cumberland, PA

Disaster Relief — Stormwater Educational Kiosk and Awareness Signs


Rebecca Zemaitis  

New Cumberland, PA

Civic Engagement — Garden of Eat’n


Allison Rodgers

New Freedom, PA

Civic Engagement — Young Life Color Splash


Carole Imgrund

Penns Creek, PA

Disaster Relief — Covering the Nations with Love


Olivia Bender

Picture Rocks, PA

Environment and Sustainability — Picture Rocks Pollinators


Alexia Shiffer

Pine Grove, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — The Marching Cardinals Band Recruitment Video


Katherine Bair

Port Matilda, PA

Education — Gray’s Woods Summer Reading Program and Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center Free Library


Sofia Pascuzzo 

Schuylkill Haven, PA

Sports — Swimming for All Ages


Jessica Griel

State College, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — Feeding Nicaragua



Marissa Mondock

State College, PA

Children’s Issues — Take Away Activity Boxes


Maya Mondock

State College, PA

Poverty — Blankets for the Homeless


Nicole Pandolfi

State College, PA

Environment and Sustainability — Hydro Help


Megan Petrine  

State College, PA

Environment and Sustainability — Reuse It or Lose It


Allison Zajac 

State College, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — The Knitting Box


Grace Conner

Swoyersville, PA

Education — The Little Library of Swoyersville


Carleigh Moss

Windsor, PA

Environment and Sustainability — Step Forward


Kaitlyn Baldwin

York, PA

STEM — Girls in STEM


Clare Brennan

York, PA

Civic Engagement — Building Shelves for Church Thrift Shop


Katelyn Danczyk 

York, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — York Catholic Music Association Outreach


Anna Howie

York, PA

Arts, Culture & Heritage — Art Beyond the Classroom


About Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania


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