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2018 Gold Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2018 Gold Award recipients!


Cincinnati

Autumn Binford | Loveland, OH

Autumn Binford of Troop 48223 is a freshman at The University of Akron. In high school, Autumn was the President of Art Club & and the Vice President of Photo Club. She has been in Girl Scouts for eleven years and she is a Silver Award Recipient. 

Creating a Culture of Pedestrian Safety

Autumn partnered with the City of Loveland to make her hometown a more walkable community by raising awareness about the importance of pedestrian safety. Autumn’s inspiration sparked during the journey to earn her Silver Award, where her troop worked together to get a crosswalk sign put up on a busy intersection. Autumn decided to expand her Silver Award Project by stepping up as a leader to educate the Loveland City Council and Law Committee of Loveland on the importance of this topic. Her work in the community led to a week annually being dedicated to promoting crosswalk safety in Loveland and has inspired neighboring communities to install more Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons. The impact of Autumn’s Take-Action project was featured on the Loveland Video Magazine, the Loveland Harold, and Channel Five News. 

Autumn raised awareness about the importance of pedestrian safety that led to a week annually dedicated to crosswalk safety in her hometown.

 

Kiran Desai | Cincinnati, OH

Kiran Desai of Troop 48223 is a freshman at Case Western Reserve University. In high school, Kiran played varsity tennis, participated in Relay for Life, and founded a student initiative called Women Empowering Women (WEW). She has been in Girl Scouts for twelve years and she is a Silver Award Recipient. 

Courageous Conversations

Kiran identified a need to develop greater cultural competency and increase diversity awareness at Ursuline Academy after an incident at her school that made students of color feel alienated. Kiran decided to step-up to promote social justice within her school community by developing a Diversity Training Workshop for Ursuline Academy faculty members. She interviewed and recruited a professional diversity trainer, Dr. Monique C. Johnson, to partner with and help organize her project. Kiran’s workshop gave faculty members the tools to create a more open environment for their minority students, and facilitate thoughtful discussions about controversial topics within their classrooms. Her Faculty Diversity Training Workshop will be carried on by a new student initiative at Ursuline called STUDS, or Students Towards a United and Diverse School.

To create a more open environment for minority students, Kiran developed a Diversity Training Workshop for the faculty members in her school community.

 

 

Emma Falci | Montgomery, OH

SEmma Falci of Troop 42834 is a junior at Mount Notre Dame High School. Emma participates in gymnastics at the Countryside YMCSA, plays piano at Cincinnati School of Music, and does theater. She has been in Girl Scouts for eleven years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award Recipient.

Kindergarten Book Club

Emma discovered that many younger students at St. Vincent Ferrer School did not have the opportunity to participate in after-school activities. In particular, there was a lack of extracurricular programs offered for kindergarteners. Emma decided to take-action and implement an after-school Kindergarten Book Club to encourage early literacy in children by presenting reading in a fun and exciting way. She developed her own lesson plans and interactive activities to inspire the children in her community to enjoy reading in a setting outside of the classroom. Emma organized all of her meeting lesson plans, including instructions for the various crafts and activities planned, into a rolling file cabinet so that the kindergarten teacher could continue to run this program successfully on her own.

Emma developed activities for an after-school Kindergarten Book Club to inspire the children in her community to enjoy reading in a setting outside of the classroom.

 

Kathryn Feldmann | Liberty Township, OH

Kathryn Feldman of Troop 43724 is a junior at Ohio Connections Academy. Kathryn participates in Butler County 4-H, Young Life, and Girl Scouts. She has been in Girl Scouts for eleven years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award Recipient.

Sowing that Keeps Growing – Harvesting for the Hungry

Kathryn united her love for gardening and healthy lifestyles to address the lack of nutritious resources available at local food pantries. She observed that most food pantries only carried canned goods and shelf-stable foods, which meant that patrons did not have access to affordable fresh produce in their communities. Kathryn applied for a grant through ‘Katie’s Krops’ and was ordered $1,000 to use towards funding her project. She partnered with her local church to donate as much fresh produce as possible to local pantries throughout the growing season. Kathryn also made recipe cards to help educate the people receiving the produce on how to create simple, delicious, and nutritious meals.

Kathryn partnered with her church to donate fresh produce to local food pantries to address the lack of nutritious resources.

 

Kendra McAndrew | Lawrenceburg, IN

Kendra McAndrew of Troop 41625 is a sophomore at East Central High School. Kendra participates in Eldorado Horse & Pony Club, Spanish Club, and ECHO Club. She has been in. 

Equestrian Announcer’s Booth

Kendra used her love for horseback riding as a catalyst to improve her local riding arena utilized for shows. Kendra observed that there was a lack of organization during shows.

 Kendra fundraised, coordinated, and worked with a construction company to develop and build an equestrian announcers booth for riders to hear instructions and learn patterns.

Melonie McDonel | Fairfield, OH

Melonie McDonel of Troop 40630 is a senior at Fairfield Senior High School. Melonie participates in cross-country, German Club, and National Honor Society. She has been in 

Playing in the Past

Melonie, a dedicated volunteer of Heritage Village Museum for over eight years, wanted to help bring history to life for those who came to visit. Melonie partnered with the historical museum in Sharonville, OH for her Gold Award with the intention of encouraging children to learn about history a fun and informative way. As a non-profit organization, the Heritage Village did not have enough funds available to buy historical toys to incorporate into their interactive exhibits. Melonie researched, designed, and constructed by hand a comprehensive series of historical toys to donate to the museum so that visitors will get a more authentic feel for play time in the 1800s. Melonie also developed a handbook on the origin & proper usage of the toys for visitors, and has trained other volunteer docents to effectively maintain them.

Melonie designed, constructed and donated historical toys to a local museum and developed a handbook for visitors to get a feel for play time in the 1800s.

Cara Morman| Lawrenceburg, IN

Cara Morman of Troop 46465 is a freshman at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College. In high school, Cara participated in Academic Team, track, and National Honor Society. She has been in Girl Scouts for thirteen years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award Recipient. 

North Dearborn Food Pantry Cookbook

Cara integrated her love for cooking with the North Dearborn Food Pantry’s desire to educate their patrons on how to  put together simple, healthy recipes using the products available to them. Cara worked closely with the director of the food pantry to compile a ‘bank’ of available items and together identified which foods were usually not being taken by patrons to specifically target for recipes. Cara took her research and developed a thorough cook book, which included ideas for simple breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts using only items that could be found in the North Dearborn Food Pantry. Copies of Cara’s cookbook are available at the pantry for patrons to use as a resource for putting together healthy meals.

Cara developed a cook book, using only items that could be found in a local food pantry to educate their patrons on how to put together simple, healthy recipes.

Jamie Morman | Lawrenceburg, IN

Jamie Morman of Troop 46465 is a senior at East Central High School. Jamie participates in rock climbing, National Honor Society, and plays the flute. She has been in Girl Scouts for twelve years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award Recipient. 

Rebuilding the Bridge

Jamie noticed a narrow, dilapidated bridge that was frequently used, but impossible to cross with a bike, stroller, or wheelchair near Hidden Valley Lake in Ohio. A concerned civilian, Jamie decided that she wanted to step-up and re-build the bridge to make the grounds more accessible to all types of community members. She developed a plan and proposed her project to the city, Department of Natural Resources, and Property Owners’ Association. Once Jamie received approval, she raised $10,000 for her project to design & build a user-friendly, safe steel bridge in place of the original. Her community’s maintenance team will preserve the new bridge, which is expected to have a life span of at least thirty years.

In place of the original dilapidated bridge, Jamie raised $10,000 to design and build a user-friendly, safe steel bridge in her community, expected to last at least thirty years. 

Emily Reddy | Cincinnati, OH

Emily Reddy of Troop 50481 is a junior at Sycamore High School. Emily plays tennis, is involved with French Club, and Stepping Out Club. She has been in Girl Scouts for twelve years. 

Carnival & Dance at Stepping Stones

Emily has always been passionate about working with people who have special needs because of her love for her sister, who has a rare cerebrovascular disorder called Moyamoya. Emily partnered with Stepping Stones, a non-profit center for people with special needs, to develop a free carnival & dance for the members on campus. The carnival gave Stepping Stones members a break from their day-to-day routines to participate in a fun, celebratory extracurricular activity with caring people from their community. Emily educated her volunteers on how to work with people with special needs to make the carnival a successful event. She developed a binder with all of her logistics & planning information to pass along to another student so that the carnival can become an annual event.

Emily partnered with a non-profit center for people with special needs, to develop a free carnival and dance for their members with hopes to make it an annual event. 

Jessica Scott | Fairfield, OH

Jessica Scott of Troop 40630 is a senior at Fairfield Senior High School – DRL Campus. Jessica participated in Drama Club/Thespian Society, National Honor Society, and Art Club. She has been in Girl Scouts for twelve years and she is a Bronze Silver Award Recipient. 

Timberhill Creek Steps

A lover of camp and the outdoors, Jessica set out to re-build the pathway of stairs down to the creek at Cincinnati Metroparks’ Camp Timberhill. The original decaying pathway prevented visitors from adventuring through the creek, including Girl Scouts who attend the Timberhill Day Camp. Jessica recruited and coordinated a team of volunteers to help her tear out the existing stairs and reconstruct a stable, sustainable pathway down to access the creek. Due to the design and process of developing the new creek steps, MetroParks will now be able to replace pieces without tearing apart entire sections. Now community members, boy scouts, and Girl Scouts will be able to explore and enjoy the creek without the chance of injury.

Jessica, along with a team of volunteers, reconstructed stable stairs leading to the creek at a local park that visitors can now safely enjoy. 

 

Molly Shilling | Cincinnati, OH

Molly Shilling of Troop 48223 is a freshman at Penn State University. In high school, Molly participated in Cappies Organization of Greater Cincinnati, International Thespian. 

Middle School & High School Drama Mentoring Program

After the Middle School Drama Program lost their theater director, Molly implemented a structured mentorship program with high school student volunteers to provide additional support to younger thespians. Molly’s mentorship team offered the Middle School Drama Program more one-on-one attention so that the students could dig deeper into the techniques they were learning. The mentorship program not only benefited the middle school students, but gave the high school students an opportunity to develop educational instruction skills as well. Molly recruited high school students to continue her mentorship program with the middle school. 

Molly implemented a mentorship program with high school students to provide support to the middle school drama students after they lost their director.

Justine Stenger | Aurora, IN

Justine Stenger of Troop 41158 is a sophomore at Oldenburg Academy. Justine participates in Track & Field, Cross Country, and Dearborn Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Council. She has been in Girl Scouts for eight years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award Recipient. 

Financial Responsibility for Teens: Presenting the Reality Store

Justine recognized that there was a gap in education regarding financial literacy and responsibility amongst Juniors & Seniors at her high school. In hopes of preparing older students for post-secondary expenses, Justine proposed hosting a mandatory financial simulation event during the school day. After receiving school approval, Justine recruited volunteers to run her event called ‘The Reality Store,’ which she coordinated and organized for all upperclassmen at her school. ‘The Reality Store’ is a program that replicates real-life situations to teach money-management and decision-making skills to students. This event will become an annual occurrence at Justine’s high school.

Justine organized a mandatory event at her high school that replicates real-life situations to teach money-management and skills to students.

Erin Stephens | Mason, OH

Erin Stephens of Troop 49236 is a freshman at Cincinnati State Technical & Community College and Miami University. In high school, Erin participated in American Sign Language Honor Society, Young Women’s Honor Society, and Praise Team at Waters Edge. She has been in Girl Scouts for thirteen years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award Recipient.

The S.T.A.R. (Sensory Targeting Activity Room)

Erin has a special place in her heart for working with students who have special needs at Mason High School. For her Gold Award Take-Action project, Erin decided to expand.

By hand, Erin and volunteers constructed sensory tools for students with special needs and a portable cart for easy travel between classrooms.

Whitney Weiss | Cincinnati, OH

Whitney Weiss of Troop 47305 is a senior at Mariemont High School. Whitney participates in Queen City Figure Skating Club, varsity tennis, and National Honor Society. She has been in Girl Scouts for twelve years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award Recipient.

More Dogs, Less Stress

Whitney’s project addressed the unhealthy levels of stress rising amongst students at her high school, specifically during exam week. After witnessing students’ self-care severely plummet around finals, Whitney decided to implement a weeklong relaxation space that students could visit between tests and studying. Whitney teamed up with her school’s library to create a stress-free initiative during exam week by offering a variety of stress-relief stations for students, including interactions with therapy dogs. Her project raised awareness about the importance of self-care during stressful situations amongst her peers, and will become a repeated program her school.

During exam week, Whitney implemented a relaxation space that students could visit between tests and studying that offered a variety of stress-relief stations for students.

Lauren Weissman | Aurora, IN

Lauren Weissmann of Troop 41158 is a junior at South Dearborn High School. Lauren participates in Students Against Destructive Decisions, Academic Team, and Science Club. She has been in Girl Scouts for eleven years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award Recipient

Aurora's Amazing Race

As a young woman raised in a small town, Lauren had concerns that the influx of big, corporate stores would overtake local businesses and, consequently, destroy the strong.

Lauren coordinated with local shop owners, a coupon-fueled scavenger hunt in her community that would inspire her neighbors support small businesses. 

 

Dayton

Brittney Cook | Conover, OH

A 2017 graduate of Miami East High School, Brittney is a freshman at Urbana University majoring in Psychology. A member for 5 years, Brittney was in NHS, Marching Band (flute), Jazz Band and Choir. At Urbana, she is involved in band and theatre. 

EDEN

Brittney addressed the lack of fresh vegetables and healthy eating in her community. She designed and led volunteers to construct raised gardening beds at Bethany Center in Piqua, Ohio. Over several months, Brittney led about 50 children at the center on how to grow vegetables from seed to fruit. They started the seedlings in cut out water bottles and then transplanted them into the raised beds. She also found healthy recipes which the kids copied onto recipe cards and bundled them to take home, as well as leaving several bundles at the food pantry. Brittney worked with the kids 2 days a week to improve their reading skills. The Kids “Free to Read” program will maintain the garden. Brittney’s Gold Award project not only helped the community, but inspired her to pursue a career in social work. 

Brittney addressed the lack of healthy eating by designing and leading volunteers to construct raised gardening beds in her community to grow fresh vegetables.

 

Maeve Curliss | Beavercreek, OH

A 2017 Valedictorian graduate of Carroll High School, Maeve is a freshman at University of Notre Dame majoring in Physics. A member for 13 years, Maeve was in NHS, Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook, Marching Band, Swimming (varsity), Track & Field (varsity) and Science Olympiad. She is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient.

Fair Trade Project

While on a trip to Costa Rica, Maeve learned firsthand how Fair Trade coffee and chocolate are produced and marketed. She wanted to bring global awareness of how Fair Trade operates. She spent the summer in Portland, OR and researched all aspects of Fair Trade, including where to procure certified products. She created a poster on how to shop for Fair Trade products. She also developed a pamphlet based on her research as well as a pledge card to buy responsibly. Maeve set up a table outside 6 different Farmers Markets in the Portland area to hand out her flyer, educate people and show products. She impacted over 500 people with her presentation, who hopefully will be inspired to evaluate and change their buying habits. 

Maeve impacted over 500 people who hopefully will be inspired to evaluate and change their buying habits by making them aware of how Fair Trade operates. 

Elizabeth Duckett | Franklin, OH

A 2017 graduate of Bishop Fenwick High School, Elizabeth is a freshman at Wright State University majoring in Neuro-Science Psychology. A member for 13 years, Elizabeth was in Color Guard (Captain), choir, and musicals.

FHS Harding Museum Video Tour

Elizabeth was very interested in the Franklin Historical Society (FHS) Harding Museum in Franklin, Ohio, but noticed the second floor was only accessible by a staircase. Many bus tours with older patrons were not able to climb the stairs. She decided to create a 15 to 20 minute video showcasing the second floor that could be shown on the first floor. Elizabeth researched items in the museum as well as interviewing FHS members to gather details for the script. She produced the video and was the orator for the script. She held an open house in late July with over 35 people in attendance. Her video is now a permanent part of the museum tours.

Concerned for the older patrons unable to climb stairs, Elizabeth created a video showcasing the second floor of an historical museum that could be shown on the first floor.

 

Alyssa Embry | Centerville, OH

A 2017 graduate of Centerville High School, Alyssa is a freshman at Ohio University majoring in Production Design & Technology. A member for 13 years, Alyssa was in Technical Theatre, Drama Club, DI, and Children’s Puppet Director. She is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient. 

Sensory-Friendly Showcase

Alyssa chose to combine her passion for theatre with helping special needs individuals with sensory limitations. Theatre noise, lighting conditions and costumes can result in over stimulation. Her church, Epiphany Lutheran in Centerville produces a musical each summer which Alyssa helps with. Last summer the musical was Jesus Christ Superstar. She convinced the church to allow a shortened dress rehearsal specifically for people with autism, learning disabilities and sensory or communication limitations. There were 35 attendees at the dress rehearsal, along with 70 cast and crew members. To everyone’s delight, time was set aside afterwards for cast and crew to interact with the audience, enhancing the experience. This program was so successful, the church plans to continue it.

 Alyssa convinced her church to allow a shortened dress rehearsal of the annual musical specifically for people with special needs and sensory limitations.

Gabriella Ferguson | Beavercreek, OH

A 2017 graduate of Sebring High School, Gabriella was a member for 12 years. She was in book club. 

Ohio Native Garden at Owen's Place

Gabriella loves the outdoors and wanted to plant a garden that disabled people can engage in. She chose Owen’s Place in Beavercreek for the garden and researched native non-toxic plants and pollinator friendly flowers. To create awareness for her project, she made a flyer and passed them out at the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival. She used MEEC (Marianist Environmental Education Center) to gather the plant seeds in addition to other plants that she bought. Gabriella had about 17 volunteers who helped her prepare the ground, transferred nursery plants and made permanent signs detailing what each plant was. She created and facilitated an Activity Fun Day where children learned about bees, made crafts and planted flowers. The Lions Club will maintain the garden for years to come.

With the help of volunteers, Gabriella created a garden with plants and flowers that the disabled will engage in and enjoy for years to come.

Anneliese Fisher | Yellow Springs, OH

Anneliese is a junior at Chaminade Julienne High School. A member for 12 years, Anneliese is on Student Council (officer), Cross Country (varsity), Lacrosse, Swimming and Marianist Life Community. She is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient. 

Sports for More

Anneliese is very engaged in sports and wanted to teach young children good sportsmanship and proper safety habits in sports. She created and implemented a Sports for More clinic which included, stretching, strengthening, eating healthy, safety and sportsmanship. She utilized 9 volunteers at her clinic. She held a sports equipment collection drive for new or gently used sports items. Anneliese collected over 60 items which included ice skates, golf clubs, cleats, soccer balls, shin guards and basketballs. She then donated the items to Homefull, a non-profit organization that works with the homeless in Montgomery County. Anneliese also created a YouTube video which included information from the Sports for More clinic as well a Facebook page to inspire others. 

To teach children good sportsmanship and safety in sports, Anneliese implemented a Sports for More clinic which included a collection of sports items to be donated to an agency connected to the homeless.

Ashley Huddleson | Jamestown, OH

A 2017 graduate of Greeneview High School, Ashley is a freshman at University of Cincinnati majoring in Nursing. A member for 8 years, Ashley was in NHS, Marching Band (percussion), 4-H, SODA Club (President) and soccer referee. 

Horse Safety and Ethics

Ashley’s own experience with horses and horse related injuries highlighted the need for horse safety training. She used her love of horses and knowledge to help educate children. She focused on how to be safe around horses, the anatomy of a horse and proper use of horse riding gear, including helmets. She created and implemented a presentation that she gave at various locations. These included the Jamestown Library, 4-H Club, Girl Scout Evening Camp and Greene County Fair. Ashley also presented at The Good Works Farm Camp for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families located in Southwestern Ohio. She impacted over 200 children in her multiple presentations along with the help of 15 volunteers. Her 4-H Club plans to continue the presentations.

Ashley created and implemented a presentation at various locations that focused on how to be safe around horses, impacting over 200 children.

Erica Justice | Fletcher, OH

Erica is a senior at Miami East High School. A member for 12 years, Erica is in NHS, Marching Band (French horn), High School musicals and Dance class. She is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient. 

Back to Baking

Growing up, Erica loved to bake with her mother and noticed others were not able to have the same experience. To spread her love of baking, she created and implemented a 2 week baking camp at her church for kids ages 6 to 13. She held morning and afternoon sessions with different kids to include all 24 who participated. Classes included cake baking and decorating, pies, bread and brownies. Erica was able to get aprons, utensils and ingredients donated. She embroidered each child’s name on their apron as a keepsake. Her baking camp had a lasting impression on several kids. One girl baked over 90 apple pies as a fundraiser for a softball trip and continues to get requests for her pies. Another student made the applesauce-banana bread from camp, entered it in the Miami County Fair and won first place!

To spread her love of baking, Erica created and implemented a two-week baking camp at her church for 24 kids ages 6 to 13 that made a lasting impression.

Vismaya Manchaiah | Springboro, OH

Vismaya is a junior at Springboro High School. A member for 8 years, Vismaya runs Cross Country, Orchestra (violin), Interact Club, Teen Advisory Board at Centerville Library and Classical Indian Dance. She is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient.

Lending Library of Springboro

While volunteering at her local food pantry, Vismaya noticed families had no additional time to go to the library for books. Her own love of books inspired this project. Vismaya collected over 750 books for the lending library that she established. Her books came from the Franklin Library, Barnes & Noble, Springboro Community Schools and other community members.  She held story time at the food pantry for about 7 children one day a week for over 7 months. Her books are sorted into genres of Young Adult (mystery, science fiction and historical fiction) and Children (picture books and chapter books). Vismaya also made over 50 Christmas crafts kits for sessions with the children. The food pantry continues to accept book donations and maintains the lending library.

Vismaya collected over 750 books for the lending library that she established at a local food pantry, holding story time for children one day a week.

Emilee Lynn Mason | Miamisburg, OH

A 2017 graduate of Miamisburg High School, Emilee is a freshman at Sinclair Community College majoring in Bakery & Pastry Arts. A member for 13 years, Emilee was in Marching Band (alto sax) and Competition Dancer (tap, jazz & ballet). She is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient. 

A Step in Time through Miamisburg's History

Emilee’s love of Miamisburg’s history began with a third grade field trip. The focus of her project was to share the history of 10 historical buildings in Miamisburg. She did a lot of research at the Historical Society and interviewed 4 long time community members about the buildings on the National Historical Registry. She created and developed a professional pamphlet detailing the background and stories of the 10 buildings. This pamphlet has been distributed at several businesses throughout downtown Miamisburg, including all 10 historical buildings. Emilee also led several walking tours sponsored by The Historical Society, with over 20 people attending. Her pamphlet has become a permanent historical resource for Miamisburg.

Emilee developed a professional pamphlet detailing the background of 10 historical buildings in her area, making it a permanent resource.

Megan Maurice | Springboro, OH

A 2017 graduate of Springboro High School, Megan is a freshman at University of Dayton/Sinclair Academy majoring in Engineering. A member for 13 years, Megan was in NHS, Color Guard and Winter Guard (Captain). She is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient.

WE TOO!

Megan realized the need to promote women in STEM majors when her high school “Women in Engineering” class was canceled due to low enrollment. She researched material for STEM related experiments and games to create a workshop for elementary and middle school girls. Her workshops, which impacted 20 girls, included STEM activities, learning about famous women in STEM, building structures, making items to take home and earned a STEM patch. Math Jenga was by far the biggest hit! She also spoke to the Marching Band about STEM related career choices. Megan set up a booth at Sinclair’s fall registration and handed out flyers to incoming students to encourage them to sign up for STEM related classes. She is a good ambassador for women in Engineering and STEM related careers.

Megan created a workshop about women in STEM careers for elementary and middle school aged girls to encourage them toward engineering and STEM related classes in high school.

Kera Micheals | Beavercreek, OH

Kera is a junior at Beavercreek High School. A member for 12 years, Kera is on the Bowling Team (Varsity) and Concert Band (flute). She is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient. 

Math with Bowling

Kera used her skills from bowling combined with her love of math to create and implement workshop sessions at Beaver Vu Bowling. Her 4 sessions were for elementary school kids to improve their math skills. In order to do this, she had the bowling alley shut off the electronic scoreboards, so participants had to practice their math skills in scoring the games. She impacted about 20 children and they earned a patch for their effort. Kera also created a bowling game using dice and held training sessions for 4th grade teachers to use this game in their classrooms, which they have already incorporated. She created 4 booklets for sustainability: an Activity book for the bowling alley, a Math book, a Science book and a Physical Fitness book for Main Elementary teachers. 

Kera created a workshop so participants at a local bowling alley could improve their math skills in scoring the games. She also created a bowling game for the classroom.

Grace Mumford | Beavercreek, OH

A 2017 graduate of Beavercreek High School, Grace is a freshman at Wright State University majoring in Counseling. A member for 13 years, Grace was involved in Marching Band (clarinet), ASL Club and Gender Sexual Alliance Club. She is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient. 

Local Unplugged

Grace focused on the issue of young people constantly using technology and social media. This results in a lack of social interaction and development. She held 2 events for middle school kids where she utilized board games and emphasized alternatives to technology, such as reading and cooking. She had 14 participants. All cell phones and electronics were confiscated for the night! To further encourage reading, Grace trained volunteers to help build a Little Free Library at Angels Pass Park. She collected over 300 books to keep stocking the Free Library. The Park Board agreed to maintain the wood structure, and her church group agreed to continue collecting books. Grace says: “Stop Basking in the Glow of Other People’s Lives and Start Living Your OWN”.

Grace held events for middle school kids using board games and emphasizing alternatives to technology, such as reading and cooking, resulting in social interaction and development.

Sara Mumford | Beavercreek, OH

A 2017 graduate of Beavercreek High School, Sara is a freshman at Wilmington College majoring in Criminal Justice and Equine Business Management. A member for 13 years, Sara was in Marching Band (flute), German Club and ASL. At Wilmington College, she is on the Equine Team and in the Pep Band. She is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient.

Bats Matter

Concerned about bats dying from the White Nose Syndrome, Sara wanted to bring awareness of how important bats are and how we can help them. She created and implemented a presentation all about bats and included a handout of instructions on how to build a bat house as well as playing games and handing out bat information cards. Sara gave presentations to Scout troops, high schools, church events and local camporees. She also gave talks at Summit Academy Dayton to various classrooms for 2 days. Sara worked last summer at Custer State Park in South Dakota where she was able to give bat presentations to the public at night over campfires. She donated a bat box to the park. She impacted over 400 people. Sara urges all of us to do our part in bat conservation wherever you live.

 Sara created and implemented a presentation all about bats and how to build bat houses, encouraging all of us to do our part in bat conservation.

Stephanie Pierce | Fairborn, OH

Stephanie is a senior at Beavercreek High School. A member for 12 years, Stephanie is in NHS (VP), Cross Country (State 3 years), Track (State 2 years) and LINK. She is a Bronze Award recipient. 

Building Relationships with Senior Citizens

Stephanie found the passion for her project while visiting her grandmother in her nursing home. She noticed most of the residents had no visitors on a regular basis. She decided to create opportunities for high schoolers to interact and become more comfortable around senior citizens. Stephanie had a team of eight volunteers who came regularly to play games, do crafts and talk with the residents. Their favorite game was UNO, which had to be played every time. She also hosted a Holiday Party at the nursing home which was a big hit. Stephanie developed and implemented a presentation to bring awareness of the physical limitations and disabilities experienced by seniors. During these talks with multiple Girl Scout troops, she had them play UNO with simulation gloves on.

Stephanie created opportunities for high schoolers to feel more comfortable with senior citizens and who came regularly to play games and talk with them.

Ruvi Ranatunga | Springboro, OH

Ruvi is a junior at Springboro High School. A member for 12 years, Ruvi is in NHS, Swim Team (Varsity), Team Mentoring and Medical Club. She is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient.

Project "Read a Lot"

Ruvi’s experience with family in the Country of Sri Lanka highlighted the issue of illiteracy in their rural areas. She worked with Kattuwatthewela Primary School to contribute towards building their library by obtaining books, shelving and computers. In the States, Ruvi solicited for books by handing out her donation brochure and giving presentations on literacy rates in developing countries. She collected 300 books and traveled with them to the school. In addition, Ruvi bought 75 books in Sri Lanka, of which 35 were in Sinhalese. One challenging aspect of her project was obtaining 2 computers in Sri Lanka for the library.  She organized the books and developed a check-out system using the computers. While in Sri Lanka for a month, Ruvi volunteered at the school by reading to students. 

Addressing the issue of illiteracy in Sri Lanka, Ruvi traveled to one of their primary schools with books she collected to help build their library and develop a check-out system.

Maria Schlegel | Beavercreek, OH

Maria is a senior at Carroll High School. A member for 13 years, Maria is in NHS (VP), Volleyball (Capt), Spanish Honor Society, Media for Carroll and Drama Club. She is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient. 

Family Retreat

Maria, along with her family attended a yearly church retreat at Governor’s Island in Huntsville, Ohio. This experience inspired her to create and implement a one day cost-free retreat for Church of the Ascension families. The goal was to strengthen family bonds by working on affirmation, communication, forgiveness and commitment. To gather her participants and solicit volunteers, she gave talks to youth groups, church staff and parishioners. The retreat consisted of prayers, personal sharing, family activities, skits and creating a family mission statement. Maria gave families an opportunity to focus on each other without the stresses of everyday life and distraction of electronics. She had 27 participants along with 20 volunteers. A parish in Cincinnati is interested in hosting their own retreat. 

Maria created and implemented a one-day cost-free retreat for families from a local church to focus on each other without the stresses and distractions of everyday life.

Heather Schwarzman | Kettering, OH

Heather is a senior at Carroll High School. A member for 8 years, Heather is in NHS, Spanish Club (Pres), Tennis (Varsity), International Club (VP), Spanish Honor Society and Wrestling Stats. She is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient. 

Fleece for Friends

Heather’s project addressed the lack of attention given to assisted living and nursing home residents. She gathered peer volunteers to help her with activities at Carespring Nursing Home in West Chester, Ohio. Heather hosted multiple sessions with 8 to 15 residents to make fleece tie blankets. Due to mobility and dexterity limitations, the residents found it hard to make the blankets, but several were made. Heather then gathered her volunteers to plan a “Senior Prom” for the residents, with a theme of “Under the Sea”. They decorated the dining area along with table decorations, played appropriate music and had plenty of food. They did hair, makeup and corsages for the ladies. All of the volunteers dressed for the prom as well as most of the residents. The highlight was crowning the King and Queen.

Addressing the lack of attention given to the elderly, Heather gathered peer volunteers to organize activities at an area nursing home that included a senior prom.

Kade Slonaker | Fairborn, OH

Kade is a senior at Fairborn High School. A member for 12 years, Kade is in NHS, Art Club and a Top Scholar. She is a Silver Award recipient.

Women's Monthly Help

While volunteering at a homeless shelter, Kade discovered the significant need for feminine hygiene products for homeless women. These products are mostly overlooked in general collection drives. Kade made numerous phone calls and awareness presentations in order to set up locations for her collection boxes for these products. A significant obstacle was organizations unwilling to help with this single gender issue. The organizations that did not participate are at least aware of the need for these products. Kade managed to hold six drives at libraries, churches and the Women’s Centers at University of Dayton and Wright State University. She donated all the products to St. Vincent de Paul in Dayton. All six organizations have agreed to continue annual drives.

Drawing awareness to the need for feminine hygiene products for homeless women, Kade held six collection drives in the community to donate where needed. 

Elizabeth Anne Wiese | Beavercreek, OH

Elizabeth is a 2017 graduate of Beavercreek High School. She is a freshman at Bowling Green State University majoring in Pre-Physical Therapy. A member for 13 years, Elizabeth was on Student Council, School Dance Team (Capt), Link Crew and BGSU Dance Team. She is a Bronze Award recipient. 

Health Through Exercise and Dance

Elizabeth noticed middle school girls comparing their bodies to models and knew it was important to teach them to be comfortable with themselves, eat healthy and exercise. Her love and knowledge of dancing inspired her to create workshops for middle school girls. Elizabeth held 3 workshops with 20 girls each to teach them to enjoy Zumba and dancing as part of an active lifestyle. She also impacted over 200 girls by going to a middle school in Beavercreek and talking about good lifestyles through dance and healthy eating. Elizabeth made videos of her dance workshop routines. She recruited and trained members of her dance team to help her with the workshops and participate in the videos.

Elizabeth held workshops, impacting over 200 middle school aged girls, to teach them about good lifestyles through dance and healthy eating. 

Rebecca Williger | Springboro, OH

Rebecca is a senior at Springboro High School. A member for 13 years, Rebecca is in NHS, Cross Country, Track, SADD, Spanish Club and a Special Olympics Swim Coach. She is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient.

Diversity Awareness and ESL Education

Becca focused on improving English Language skills with Hispanic children, aged 2 to 10 at Su Casa Hispanic Center in Cincinnati. She researched and developed an ESL Learning Tool Kit which included 26 different learning activities and games. Becca went to the center every Saturday for 2 months and utilized her tool kit with 12 kids while their parents were in ESL classes. As the children progressed through the tool kit, they were rewarded with stickers. When their reward sheet was full, they could pick out a prize. Becca also gave presentations about diversity awareness. She led 2nd grade Hispanic students in creating sunflower quilt blocks. Each one was different, demonstrating diversity. The ESL Tool Kit and the quilt were donated to Su Casa.

She researched and developed a tool kit which included learning activities and games to improve the English language skills of hispanic children in her community.

 

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Melanie Butterfield | Harrod, OH

Melanie Butterfield of Troop 20301 is a senior homeschooled student from Harrod, OH. Melanie participates in Drama Club with Allen County Christian Homeschoolers, 

Responsible Pet Ownership

Hoping to positively impact the homeless pet population and overcrowded shelters in her area, Melanie decided to educate her community on responsible pet ownership. She partnered with a veterinarian and a local pet rescue to organize and promote a workshop for people of all ages where they could learn from local experts about the responsibilities and requirements when adopting a pet so that in future fewer pets are owner surrendered to shelters. Future workshops using Melanie’s template will be hosted by a local 4-H group.   

Melanie organized a workshop for people to learn the responsibilities of pet ownership to prevent the homeless pet population and overcrowded shelters.

Madison Green | St. Marys, OH

Maddie Green of Troop 20581 is a graduate of St Marys Memorial High School currently attending Bowling Green State University. Maddie participates in ECCO (Educators in Context and Community) and the BGSU club bowling team. She has been in Girl Scouts for 10 years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient. 

Improve U

After struggling with her own self-confidence, Maddie decided to focus her project around activities that would encourage growth and boost self-esteem in women. Maddie recruited skilled instructors and created Improv U, a selection of courses on topics like fitness and self-defense for women in her area whose aim was to teach new skills, relieve stress, and build confidence.  Instead of charging a fee for the classes, Maddie asked registrants to donate items that she bundled into care kits for local cancer patients. She also created the Improve U Facebook page that continues to inspire its followers to have a positive outlook on life.

Maddie created Improv U, courses on topics like fitness and self-defense for women in her area, to inspire its followers to have a positive outlook on life.

Hailey Manuel | Lima, OH

Hailey Manuel of Troop 20119 is a senior at Shawnee High School. Hailey participates in varsity volleyball, the National Honor Society, and her church’s youth group. She has been in Girl Scouts for 13 years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient. 

Empowered! A Big Sister's Guide to Middle School

After mentoring her younger sister through the challenges involved in navigating middle school, Hailey wanted to help more young girls be better prepared as they reached puberty. Hailey organized a conference for middle school girls with multiple speakers that helped explain important health and wellness topics that girls encounter such as puberty, nutrition, stress management, and self-esteem. Hailey recorded her conference and shared the information from her conference on social media so the information can continue to help young girls. 

Hailey organized a conference for middle school girls that helped explain important health and wellness topics that girls encounter at that age.

Annie Patterson | Findlay, OH

Annie Patterson of Troop 20229 is a graduate of Findlay Digital Academy and plans to attend Eastern Michigan University. Annie participates in 4-H, Gliding Stars, and the Arts Partnership Playwright Club. She has been in Girl Scouts for 9 years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient. 

Camping 101

Understanding the benefits children experience when they connect with nature and wanting to inspire more children to get outside, Annie partnered with the Hancock Parks Department to organize a camp for young children. At the camp the children experienced the outdoors in a safe and positive environment while also learning new skills like outdoor cooking, fishing, and team building activities. The park staff have her outlines to use to host future Camping 101 sessions. 

Annie organized a camp at a local park for young children to experience the benefits of nature in a safe and positive environment while also learning new skills.

Katherine Perryman | Minster, OH

Katherine Perryman of Troop 20259 is a senior at Minster High School. Katherine participates in cheerleading, marching band, and concert band. She has been in Girl Scouts for 13 years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient.

Take Me Out to the Ballpark

Partnering with the village of Minster, Katherine led her team of dedicated volunteers as they overhauled multiple bathroom facilities at the local park that were in poor condition and had been vandalized. After gaining input from local elementary students, she also designed and painted murals in the facilities. The village has agreed to maintain the properties and Katherine hopes that her improvements will inspire others to take pride in their parks.

Katherine led her team of volunteers as they designed and painted murals and overhauled multiple bathroom facilities at the local park that were in poor condition.

Haley Siegrist | Celina, OH

Haley Siegrist of Troop 20587 is a junior at Celina High School. Haley participates in band, Youth Leadership America, and the National Honor Society. She has been in Girl Scouts for 11 years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient. 

Little Free Library

While volunteering in a kindergarten classroom Haley noticed there were many children who did not have access to children’s books, especially in more rural areas. Understanding the correlation between literacy rates and access to age-appropriate materials Haley partnered with the Mercer County Library to build and stock a little library in a park in Neptune, OH.  Haley planned a grand opening for the community to promote literacy and make the residents aware of the new community resource. The Mercer County Library agreed to restock and maintain her project so children in the area will have ongoing access to quality children’s literature. 

Haley partnered with the area library to build and stock a little library in a rural community park so area children will have quality children's literature.

 

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Josephine Miller-Davis | Maumee, OH

Josephine Miller-Davis of Troop 10024 is a sophomore at Anthony Wayne High School from Maumee, OH.  Josephine participates in Quiz Bowl, Zoo Teens and German Club. She has been in Girl Scouts for 11 years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient.

Get Back into Reading

After noticing her fellow students no longer reading as much for enjoyment as they were for their studies Josephine set out to re-engage her peers in the joys of reading.  She also found that research shows students who spend more time at the library and read for fun have higher standardized test scores.  Josephine decided to partner with a local library to create programs that would entice teenagers to read for fun.  She cleverly devised a “Who done it” scavenger hunt which took teens through the different areas of the library. She also put together a magical day of activities based on the Harry Potter series for her fellow teens.  The library will carry on these and similar activities moving forward to continue to entice teens to read not only for the fun of it but, for the benefits it holds for their success.

 Finding that students who read for fun have higher standardized test scores, Josephine partnered with a local library to create programs that would entice teenagers to read for fun.

Kimberly Stuckey | Stryker, OH

Kimberly Stuckey of Troop 10502 is a senior at Stryker High School and is currently exploring which college she would like to attend. Kimberly participates in her church youth group and plays softball.  She has been in Girl Scouts for 11 years and she is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient.

'Plant'her Pride

After noticing that the Stryker community was in need of some repairs and attention to its welcome signs, planters and other general maintenance, Kimberly decided that she would organize volunteers for a day of clean up.  As she began her enthusiasm started a movement of neighbors helping neighbors and this event snowballed into much of the town getting involved.  The welcome signs and landscaping were improved and new town flags were designed and voted on by the community.  The local youth group joined in and repaired an elderly woman’s porch while others repainted buildings and assisted in pouring new cement where it was needed.  In the end the community decided to make this an annual event where people come together to share their town pride and by truly being good neighbors to one another. 

Kimberly organized volunteers for a day of clean up in her community to make repairs on buildings, houses and signs, sparking town pride and making it an annual event.