On Sunday, March 4, 2018, 44 Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of Western Ohio received their Gold Award in a council-wide ceremony at Sinclair Community College – Ponitz Center in Dayton, OH.
This year's recipients and their dynamic projects include:
- Autumn Binford (Loveland, OH) – Creating a Culture of Pedestrian Safety
- Kiran Desai (Cincinnati, OH) – Courageous Conversations
- Emma Falci (Montgomery, OH) – Kindergarten Book Club
- Kathryn Feldmann (Liberty Township, OH) – Sowing that Keeps Growing: Harvesting for the Hungry
- Kendra McAdrew (Lawrenceburg, IN) – Equestrian Announcer’s Booth
- Melonie McDonel (Fairfield, OH) – Playing in the Past
- Cara Morman (Lawrenceburg, IN) – North Dearborn Food Pantry Cookbook
- Jamie Morman (Lawrenceburg, IN) – Rebuilding the Bridge
- Emily Reddy (Cincinnati, OH) – Carnival & Dance at Stepping Stones
- Jessica Scott (Fairfield, OH) – Timberhill Creek Steps
- Molly Shilling (Cincinnati, OH) – Middle School & High School Drama Mentoring Program
- Justine Stenger (Aurora, IN) – Financial Responsibility for Teens: Presenting the Reality Store
- Erin Stephens (Mason, OH) – The S.T.A.R. (Sensory Targeting Activity Room)
- Whitney Weiss (Cincinnati, OH) – More Dogs, Less Stress
- Lauren Weissmann (Aurora, IN) – Aurora’s Amazing Race
- Brittney Cook (Conover, OH) – EDEN
- Maeve Curliss (Beavercreek, OH) – Fair Trade Project
- Elizabeth Duckett (Franklin, OH) – FHS Harding Museum Video Tour
- Alyssa Embry (Centerville, OH) – Sensory-Friendly Showcase
- Gabriella Ferguson (Beavercreek, OH) – Ohio Native Garden at Owen's Place
- Anneliese Fisher (Yellow Springs, OH) – Sports for More
- Ashley Huddleson (Jamestown, OH) – Horse Safety and Ethics
- Erica Justice (Fletcher, OH) – Back to Baking
- Vismaya Manchaiah (Springboro, OH) – Lending Library of Springboro
- Emilee Lynn Mason (Miamisburg, OH) – A Step in Time through Miamisburg's History
- Megan Maurice (Springboro, OH) – WE TOO!
- Kera Michaels (Beavercreek, OH) – Math with Bowling
- Grace Mumford (Beavercreek, OH) – Local Unplugged
- Sara Mumford (Beavercreek, OH) – Bats Matter
- Stephanie Pierce (Fairborn, OH) – Building Relationships with Senior Citizens
- Ruvi Ranatunga (Springboro, OH) – Project "Read a Lot"
- Maria Schlegel (Beavercreek, OH) – Family Retreat
- Heather Schwarzman (Kettering, OH) – Fleece for Friends
- Kade Slonaker (Fairborn, OH) – Women's Monthly Help
- Elizabeth Anne Wiese (Beavercreek, OH) – Health Through Exercise and Dance
- Rebecca Williger (Springboro, OH) – Diversity Awareness and ESL Education
- Melanie Butterfield (Harrod, OH) – Responsible Pet Ownership
- Madison Green (St. Marys, OH) – Improve U
- Hailey Manuel (Lima, OH) – Empowered! A Big Sister's Guide to Middle School
- Annie Patterson (Findlay, OH) – Camping 101
- Katherine Perryman (Minster, OH) – Take Me Out to the Ballpark
- Haley Siegrist (Celina, OH) – Little Free Library
- Josephine Miller-Davis (Maumee, OH) – Get Back into Reading
- Kimberly Stuckey (Stryker, OH) – 'Plant'her Pride
Learn more about the 2018 Gold Award recipients and their projects at gswo.org/goldawardslocal.
“We congratulate these amazing young women on this remarkable achievement,” says Roni Luckenbill, CEO for Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. “The Girl Scout Gold Award shows that one girl, one voice, and one project can have a powerful and lasting impact on the world.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scouts in grades 9–12 can earn. Girls use their vision for change to complete a service project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides lasting benefit to the larger community. To achieve it, girls commit a minimum of 80 hours to a specific project over the time span of one to two years. The project must include community involvement; an innovative approach; project sustainability; and educating and inspiring others.
According to The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, a report by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), girls who earn the Gold Award display more positive life outcomes than non-Girl Scout alumnae with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement.
It's not only Girl Scouts who understand the value of the Gold Award. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things you can do as a Girl Scout. Join Girl Scouts today or learn more about volunteering at gswo.org/join.