2023 Gold Award Girl Scouts | Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

Marianne is a senior at Mount Notre Dame High School. She is involved in Vocal Performance, Cross Country, and Visual Art. Marianne has been a Girl Scout for 13 years and has earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. 

Brightspace Art Exhibitions

Marianne created the movement “Brightspace” and connected art students with senior care facilities to provide those facilities with colorful, vibrant art displays to enjoy. Students from Sycamore Junior High School provided the first display, and the second display used artwork made during a Girl Scout painting workshop Marianne led. The nurses and caregivers found the residents responded positively to the art displays. Marianne also led a painting class for seniors at the Brookwood Retirement community, allowing seniors, many of whom lived with dementia, to express themselves creatively. Brightspace will continue to sustain existing and create new connections with senior centers and student artists through a website that will put the organizations in contact with one another. 

Katlin is a graduate of Western Brown High School. She was involved in Bowling, Cheerleading, and the National Technical Honor Society. Katlin was in Girl Scouts for 4 years. 

Peace Garden

Upon finding out that visitors to Laurel Memorial Cemetery had no place to sit and reflect while visiting with past loved ones, Katlin worked with the Monroe Township municipality and Fire Department to establish a peace garden for the community to use. The garden includes benches and beautiful plants for people to be surrounded by while they spend time in the cemetery. Using an informational pamphlet, Katlin educated the public about the mental and physical benefits of having a peace garden in a cemetery.  She received very positive feedback from her community after the garden was finished. Her project will be sustained by the Monroe Township Municipality.