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Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients from March 2013 – September 2013!

All of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Silver Award Recipients March 2013 – September 2013
Juliettes
Emily Loveland (Lakewood)
Kristi Smola (Westminster)
Madison Jordan  (Colorado Springs)
Shania Chambers (Milliken)
Troop 0015 – Denver
Anna Sanders
Bridget Galaty
Corley Friesen-Johnson
Lian  Teegarden
Lindsey Quint
Mallory Angstadt
Phoebe Barr
Troop 0031 – Thornton
Carissa Flores
Hailey Bickford
Josephine Martin
Olivia Johnson
Quinn Halgrimson
Samantha Martin
Shaela Burkert
Stephanie Hardee
Troop 0093 – Colorado Springs
Jacqueline Dunn
Skyler Williams
Troop 0115 – Longmont
Adrienne Jacobi
Courtney Ashworth
Jennifer Ashworth
Katjia Klingberg
Maddie Whitcomb
Megan Williams
Troop 0149 – Grand Junction
Kay Cee Edie
Vannessa Wilson
Troop 0176 – Fort Collins
Carissa Vos
Katherine Colvin
Troop 0195 – Colorado Springs
Kiersten Lyle
Taylor  Fortune
Troop 0202 – Windsor
Karen Michels
Kaylee Peterson
Leslie Michels
Taylor Blanks
Troop 0266 – Louisville
Irina Sweedler
Troop 0279 – Denver
Abby Cross
Emma Noel Deutsch
Troop 0301 – Lakewood
Annalie Janus
Jolene Janus
Regan Snellgrove
Troop 0305 – Monument
Curran  Christensen
Jeanelle  Kemp
Morgan  Edstrom
Troop 0387 – Aurora
Brittany Argo
Danielle  Freels
Emily Embleton
Kendra  Hirsch
Mackenzie Brower
Maddalena Lawless
Tori Gardner
Troop 0441 – Boulder
Grace  Anderson
Hannah Anderson
Katya Hirsch
Maryjane  Sulka
Troop 0444 – Erie
Avery DeClerk
Emma Hassman
Gretchen Riedel
Lauren Jensen
Natasha Stevens
Troop 0520 – Colorado Springs
Cheyanne Bridges
Emily Scott
Madison Bollinger
Troop 0548 – Westminster
Bryana Pribble
Troop 0635 – Colorado Springs
Emma  Curran
Troop 0699 – Arvada
Aleena Gunter
Allie Welch
Brenna Giblin
Elaina  Kelley
Kenzie Vierra
Sefra  Hodge
Taylor Carlson
Troop 0738 – Centennial
Kammara Williams
Troop 0922 – Colorado Springs
Mackenzie Crawley
Troop 0925 – Hugo
Aspen Wentworth
Catherine Hale
Troop 0928 – Colorado Springs
Jill Ruane
Tayler Baize
Troop 0931 – Colorado Springs
Addison Koval
Troop 0958 – Centennial
Erin Smith
Troop 1000 – Aurora
Cassidy  Basham
Hailee Tawzer
Katelyn Todd
Rachel Hearn
Troop 1189 – Parker
Brenna Nelson
Christina Best
Laura Murphy
Mishel  Best
Olivia Jones
Skye Konrad
Troop 1309 – Larkspur
Madi Mackey
Troop 1327 – Aurora
Andrea  Qualman
Faith  Manning
Julie  Monington
Katelynn  Eckles
Rachel  Amend
Victoria  Fedorco
Troop 1337 – Bayfield
Cynthia Martin
Troop 1460 – Littleton
Abigail Hause
Annamarie Wright
Laurette Selleck
Lydia Waterman
Maile Starr
Mychaela Hodous
Troop 1480 – Monument
Tristyn  Park
Troop 1568 – Bayfield
Hailey  Redding
Troop 1715 – Henderson
Fein Jelahni
Jelahni Fein
Skylar  Ellis
Troop 1721 – Arvada
Bailee Yoder
Eliana Okeson
Emma Albertoni
Maddy Croy
Troop 1966 – Highlands Ranch
Agathe Jacobsen
Emily Jensen
Grace Matsey
Marina Statkevicus
Mauren  Fitzsimmons
Troop 2012 – Colorado Springs
Julia Uddenberg
Taylor James
Troop 2016 – Parker
Sarah Klebieko
Troop 2079 – Highlands Ranch
Abby Conley
Isabella Dempsey
Jenna Wesson
Kylie Clark
Madelyn Graser
Sabrina Elsell
Tina Gilbert
Troop 2089 – Woodland Park
Cora Spalding
Haylee Martinez
Troop 2327 – Arvada
Ashley Beard
Genevieve LaRocque
Lauren Swartz
Troop 2540 – Centennial
Abbey  White
Ciara Langdon
Grace Petroff
Jennifer Douglas
Makayla Rapp
Meghan Atwell
Rosie Clark
Tessa Miller
Troop 2636 – Arvada
Christina  Sargent
Georgia Johnson
Madison Cillessen
Nichole Espinosa
Troop 2764 – Arvada
Cora Taylor
Troop 2782 – Denver
Abigail Metscher
Caitlin Timmons
Lauren MacMillan
Skylyr Phillips
Troop 2847 – Castle Rock
Estee Medberry
Troop 2854 – Aurora
Chloe Wright
Dakota Weir
Meghan McFerren
Sydney Comet
Troop 2879 – Centennial
Kathleen  Laughton
Troop 3006 – Castle Rock
Abigail Feeney
Anna  Hemphill
Ashley  Hinds
Katelynn Griffin
Kylie Barger
Kyra Smith
Megan Walker
Noelle Mason
Troop 3124 – Arvada
Debra Zerr
Rain Yates
Sara Duke
Jessica Smith
Troop 3394 – Colorado Springs
Allison Magrane
Caroline Mellow
Josie Kellione
Troop 3544 – Boulder
Annikka Turmala
Dina Knott
Eva Klauber
Juliet Spitz
Portia Pray
Troop 3810 – Colorado Springs
Brooke Barber
Kaily Kessinger
Kali Normandy
Troop 4074 – Yuma
Brittany Ross
Destiny  Sprouse
Tara Hickman
Troop 4255 – Woodland Park
Alie Konczak
Ashley Delarm
Aspen Davis
Autumn Pivonka
Katie Patterson
 

 

Congratulations to the Bronze Award Recipients from March 2013 – September 2013!

All of the Colorado Girl Scouts who have achieved Girl Scouts Highest Awards this year have done amazing things! With your accomplishments, you have shown yourselves to be leaders in your community and advocates for others. Girl Scouts of Colorado is very proud of you all and the example you set!

Individual or combined Service Units are encouraged to plan celebrations honoring the highest awards recipients. Please contact your local Program Support Specialist for additional support.

Bronze Award Recipients March 2013 – September 2013
Juliettes
Addison Holloway (Aurora)
Anika Hake (Thornton)
Troop 0054 – Olathe
Desiree Dunn
Rebecca Trickel
Victoria Gravestock
Troop 0107 – Rifle
Alice Chappelle
Amanda Green
Annamarie Glidewell
Dankia Edwards
Emilee Demann
Gene Niederkorn
Hannah Bodrogi
Helana Gilstrap
Kaitlyn Delage
Madison Glidewell
Marinda Jacobs
Riley Clark
Stephany Gilstrap
Zoey Loya
Troop 0160 – Colorado Springs
Madeleine Hasstedt
Troop 0206 – Colorado Springs
Amelia (Mia) Pepper
Emma  Morris
Troop 0527 – Yuma
Katlyn Chapman
Kayla Mekelburg
Leona Powell
Troop 0540 – Littleton
Courtney Damian- Campbell
Katie Heath
Kayla  Davidson
Kennedy Scott
Nikki  Hulshof
Rachael Huxley
Sarah Coleman
Troop 0572 – Yuma
Ana Gaytan
Troop 0607 – Colorado Springs
Genavee Benjamin
Troop 0619 – Broomfield
Danielle Dukes
Katharina Shurtleff
Madison Blackburn
Tara McElwain
Troop 0675 – Broomfield
Madison Enney
Mika Zaharescu
Sam Fleming
Troop 0682 – Aurora
Adrienne Howell
Maddison Meverden
Troop 0768 – Greeley
Zvi Gutierrez
Troop 0784 – Highlands Ranch
Alli Seiffer
Bella Scala
Hannah Kuska
Jessica Rumsey
Sophia Bauer
Troop 0791 – Westminster
Caitlynn Wood
Samantha Gillogly
Vivian Guerrero
Troop 0840 – Leadville
Abigail  Holm
Alexis Thompson
Hannah  Holm
Rebekah Jeffery
Samantha Hartman
Troop 0922 – Colorado Springs
Mia  Mathis-Downing
Sanaa Ford
Shante Pumphrey
Troop 0971 – Parker
Avery Unbehagen
Camille Speroff
Emily Lockard
Kayla Fairweather
Madeline Craighead
Natalie Hansel
Troop 0985 – Northglenn
Haeley Williams-Smith
Haydee Ramirez
Jessica Wassmer
Katie Wassmer
Morgan Mitchell
Sydnei Lewis
Xandra Lorenz
Yasmeen Guerrero
Troop 1045 – Aurora
Acelynn Coy
Alexis Barr
Brittney Burley
Campbell Leid
Chloe Moore
Jessica Robinson
Kaitlyn Clawson
Katelyn Fiore
Katie Newton
Kaylee Sharon
Kylie Wickstrom
Payton Knapp
Sophia Hicks
Taylor Budaj
Troop 1080 – Haxtun
Emma Duvall
Troop 1192 – Dolores
Autumn Steinberger
Kourtney Barkhurst
Madison Rodriguez
Sydney Pym
Troop 1220 – Montrose
Hannah Metzger
Jasmyne  Aragon
Kelsee Dixon
Lisa Welch
Troop 1261 – Berthoud
Amber Holt
Callie Hartel
Daisy Anchondo-Wegener
Isabella Lucio
Kaitlin Whipple
Karmin Whipple
Kimber Book
Lily Burtis
Makayla Bennington
Taytlin Harrigfeld
Victoria Thompson
Troop 1290 – Fort Collins
Lily McAulay
Troop 1337 – Bayfield
Aspen Cassady
Ella Gavlinski
Trinadee Mylroie
Troop 1382 – Superior
Anna Locker
Annie  Lovrien
Casey Quesada
Jordan Seto
Katie Wilson
Maddie Stallman
Maeve Carroll
Makenna Denny
Meghan Mantz
Troop 1400 – Westminster
Alyssa Luebke
Calista Bergstrom
Emerson Lewan
Grace Diorio
Haleigh Komoronski
Jade Baylon
Jocelyn Burke
Troop 1417 – Thornton
Amanda Werner
Ashley Miller
Danielle Mayer
Jordyn Specht
Julia Richard
Lina Tagestad
Mckenna Brewer
Troop 1425 – Castle Rock
Grace Collins
Gwendolyn Robinson
Hailee Collier
Hannah  Schlote
Isabella Bryan
Kaitlyn Forte
Kati Reynolds
Natalie Robinson
Troop 1537 – Grand Junction
Lanieve Cox
Troop 1547 – Colorado Springs
Alexis Tix
Anna Kramer
Blake  Paxton
Danielle Leach
Delaney Hoyt
Emma Purdy
Mackenzie Block
Makenna Egloff
Mara Zajac
Michelle Knudson
Savannah Clore
Savannah Sparks
Troop 1685 – Highlands Ranch
Alexis Beck
Brittney Griffith
Hailey Larson
Megan Rainey
Rachel Meade
Troop 1717 – Highlands Ranch
Marissa Myer
Troop 1723 – Aurora
Abigail Stuart
Celine Nielson
Grace Perry
Jenny Carpenter
Kayla King
Lily Messenger
Makenzie Adams McDaniel
Reese Vensor
Samantha Stuart
Vicky Evans
Troop 1745 – Evergreen
Ashlee Kerber
Avery  Murray
Becca Poplinger
Delaney Keener
Elizabeth  Vermeulen
Hayley Mateus
Katherine Hood
Kathryn Vermeulen
Kayleigh Evans
Kelsie Gallagher
Lila Eve Staebell
Marlety Garman
Mireya  Zellner
Rachel Mosch
Ruthie  Mosch
Troop 1761 – Evergreen
Corey O’Keefe
Elizabeth Baker
Emma Mahoney
Gini McCarty
Krista Choate
Megan Thompson
Troop 1888 – Littleton
Corday  Zenz
Troop 1893 – Longmont
Adena Stein
Alexis Reynolds
Anilyse Lawson
Brynnley Granger
Claire Bicknell
Giana Ditolla
Sara Raehal
Troop 2004 – Grand Junction
Kyla Heley
Sarah Kralovec
Troop 2044 – Highlands Ranch
Madison Browning
Sydney Becker
Troop 2066 – Longmont
Amanda Gin
Cailyn Eveland
Rebecca Feitler
Troop 2112 – Castle Rock
Brooklyn Hodge
Macy Shreffler
Troop 2135 – Denver
Daniela Davila
Faith Carbajal
Isabel Browning
Kristen Veasley
Lydia Wilson
Madison Citron
Niya Robinson
Samantha Smith
Taleah Blinkey
Troop 2289 – Commerce City
Brooklyn Spillis
Grace Byrnes
Jaydn Seaman
Katie  Stapleton
Kayla Stephfano
Madison Young
Marissa Young
Megan Schultz
Noelle Overstreet
Troop 2393 – Colorado Springs
Anna Rahn
Lauren Funston
Samantha Zink
Tristyn Felton
Troop 2494 – Arvada
Cassandra Sterns
Emma Albert
Jade Ryan
Karis Linnet
Katelyn Keelan
Troop 2495 – Conifer
Kassidy  Butler
Troop 2506 – Highlands Ranch
Amy Rider
Ashley Burt
Constance Barrows
Danielle Black
Jennah Klein
Josie Martus
Kaitlin Snodgrass
Lindsay Engelbert
Marguerite Collins
Maya Guessas
Zoe Siegel
Troop 2510 – Lakewood
Abby Kennedy
Ava Kurtin
Daisy Shaw
Elizaeth Thuerk
Emma Caviness
Hannah Frazier
Julia Rohner
Julia Trujillo
Kailey Miller
Kaylin Van Wanseele
Makayla Kelley
Maya Davis
Morgan James
Nicolle Hollingsworth
Olivia Vanzee
Troop 2546 – Centennial
Alexis Lips
Hannah Howell
Kaya Bomar
Lillian Lockyer
Marly Estrada
Troop 2556 – Aurora
Amanda  Keoppen
Bailey Limbaugh
Charlie Meskimen
Denice Arreolle
Elyse Bradney
Emilee-Ann Dutcher
Jerrica Styles
Noelle Limbaugh
Savannah Phillips
Tiffany Smith
Troop 2569 – Westminster
Dani Powell
Emma Graziano
Kayla Erickson
Lanie Maynard
Rachel Moreno
Sarah Olson
Troop 2619 – Cortez
Maricella Fernandez
Naomi  Fish
Troop 2627 – Broomfield
Emily Bivrell
Troop 2631 – Northglenn
Zoe Lebouef
Troop 2672 – Lakewood
Campbell Stack
Katelynn Wooten
Kendra  Yost
Lindsey  Harelson
Madison Hemplewhite
Rachel  Hollis
Samantha  Flinchpaugh
Sophia Hollenbeck
Stella  Meillon
Stella  Wright
Troop 2702 – Centennial
Kayla  Shoemaker
Troop 2764 – Arvada
Cora Taylor
Troop 2797 – Parker
Avery Hendrick
Isabella Dillman
Jenna Newkirk
Kate Arnold
Kayla Garin
Meredith Nelsen
Samantha White
Stephanie Payne
Troop 2801 – Littleton
Hailey Forar
Troop 2825 – Wellington
Avi Anderson
Delaynie  Greiman
Ellie Webb
Gabby Weideman
Riley Quast
Sarah Eisenach
Troop 2827 – Littleton
Briana Gonzalez Estevez
Cheyenne Joslin
Chloe Tiell
Chloe Warren
Ella  Marks
Hannah Behrenbruch
Jasmine Plancarte
Lauren Hill
Marie Zuehlke
Morgan Linger
Olivia Coy
Troop 2831 – Lone Tree
Ana Lopez
Annika Rennaker
Jamie  Ellis
Natalia Lopez
Olivia Veliz
Sarah Mitchell
Troop 2849 – Lafayette
Annabel Stewart
Claire Newby
Julia Gambon
Lucy Petersen
Nicole Tourault
Rachelle Bridgestock
Riley Geldean
Zoe Adams
Troop 2851 – Parker
Carolyn Donovan
Chloee Atchison-Reynolds
Isabella Clifford
Kenzie Roach
Kira Petersen
Meaghan Morris
Savannah Ruiz
Troop 2885 – Parker
Adrienne Smyth
Amanda Salvatore
Aurora Levy
Cheyenne Harris
Emily Budnack
Hannah Walker
Jaelyn Jennings
Troop 2916 – Littleton
Morgan Hein
Olivia Bawden
Olivia Buker
Peyton Gilbert
Stephanie Russell
Tallulah  Torres
Troop 3019 – Fort Collins
Ainsley Lotito
Heidi David
Sarah Waage
Troop 3102 – Thornton
Allison Weller
Anna – Louie Dietz
Anna Sharples
Haley Schwab
Hannah Duncan
Isabel Manchego-Pena
Josephine Fossaceca
Kayley Sanders
Kinzie Heitman
Megan Rose
Nalina Rodriguez
Troop 3126 – Fort Collins
Alexia Armatas
Angelina Walton
Isabella Nielsen
Madeline Colvin
Maile Rhea
Reagan Dame
Troop 3265 – Longmont
Alyssa Lee
Caitlin Lilly
Cana Peirce
Troop 3323 – Superior
Celeste Lythgoe
Erin Citarella
Gwen Mcgarry
Haley Ficker
India Turner
Jordan Mygatt
Troop 3342 – Centennial
Anna Burns
Kate Pangburn
Meredith Ordonio
Troop 3364 – Erie
Birttany Stendel
Madison Harper
Skylar Tempel
Troop 3374 – Colorado Springs
Dawn Dixon
Hailey Brooks
Kiara Harris
Mindy Garner
Nyah Muniz
Samantha Richardson
Sofia Kemp
Victoria Strahan
Troop 3378 – Lakewood
Abby Barmore
Allison Dagli
Allison Lawrence
Amelia Lewis
Angela Orford
Becca Primak
Blythe Hattenbach
Destinie New
Ella Kramer
Jessica Shaull
Jillian Stongle
Karissa Mayer
Macie McIlvain
Sylvie Lamontagne
Tessa Corcoran
Troop 3396 – Boulder
Alison Arrendondo
Bailee Von Roenn
Cecily Ure
Chelsea Eakins
Clara Smith
Erin Keown
Evelyn Murphy – Welconish
Grace Galanthay
Grace Montle
Katie Cobb
Lili Stevens
Liliane Vasquez
M. Anna Katnik
Olivia Montle
Rina Rehbehn
Sacha Ramirez
Sara George
Troop 3418 – Littleton
Alison Barrett
Julia Papaianache
Megan Smith
Troop 3459 – Pagosa Springs
Amber Merfeld
Annabelle Bowles
Celia Taylor
Kaysey Archuleta
Mackenzie Patane
Peyton  Burns
Troop 3476 – Aurora
Alison Cahoon
Amber Ayle
Ava Marriott
Brenna Reed
Haleigh Thornhill
Halle  Meulemans
Mary Grace Durocher
Megan Whitling
Morgan Barber
Rachel Randolph
Troop 3479 – Colorado Springs
Hannah Pompeii
Troop 3485 – Colorado Springs
Rebecca Walewski
Troop 3499 – Arvada
Elizabeth Guiducci
Lindsay Weber
Madison Van Dyke
Paige  Miller
Sabrina Reinwald
Sarah Kinnison
Troop 3516 – Westminster
Dezirae Feist
Evelynn Brackney
Isabel Jens
Madeline Jens
Peyton Roeder
Sarah Kelso
Troop 3520 – Frederick
Abagail Goetze
Ashley Congdon
Briahna Davis
Courtney Stafford
Emily Stewart
Helene Bradley
Jamie Lockhart
Jordan Lawrence
Kylie Rosine
Madison Blake
Sofia McDaniel
Sophia Redearth
Troop 3526 – Highlands Ranch
Ava Rogers
Zoey Peters
Troop 3573 – Denver
Aspen Reeves
Dayanna Arjon
Ellie McWhirter
Fiona Goe
Fiona Shore
Gillian Mills
Hayley Redecker
Jane Kealey
Lily  Lowe
Lucy Francone
Micaiah Salazar
Morgan Ward
Piper Molins
Tess Widler
Troop 3582 – Fort Collins
Chloe  Pentico
Grace Harper
Madigan  Finz
Maya Shields
Renata Orsi
Sammi Betts
Tess Hureau
Troop 3608 – Centennial
Madison Teller
Sheree Larrabee
Troop 3631 – Longmont
Isabella Mendoza
Troop 3641 – Lamar
Amber Gilmore
Ashley Gilmore
Haven Quintana
Jayme Wootten
Kaitlin Haslam
Kaitlyn Lacost
Kionna  Martinez
Michaela Loveless
Nicole Schale
Oliva Thorn
Wayttyn Wollert
Troop 3701 – Colorado Springs
Abbey Juliano
Brooke Eshbach
Cheyenne  Baratti
Elise Yelverton
Erin Ruane
Rilea Eddins
Troop 3829 – Dillon
Camden Gallen
Christina Koetteritz
Jadyn Villani
Josephine Jardon
Mackenzie Smits
Marina Ganceva
Rilla Long
Sierra Kelley
Taryn Wade
Troop 3850 – Littleton
Tara Huth
Troop 3870 – Lakewood
Jaya Gallegos
Kylie Knutson
Lois Taylor
Shelby Merchant
Sydney Widman
Troop 3871 – Colorado Springs
Alyssa Brenneman
Cassidy Booth
Cayleigh Booth
Emma Van De Kerkhove
Erica Lucero
Jodi  Reed
Kinsey Moore
Leah Jester
Mia Lundgren
Olivia Van De Kerkhove
Troop 3873 – Morrison
Ashley Heiland
Coral Smith
Haley Simmons
Jazlyn  Coronado
Madison Castor
Robyn Edquist
Ryan Griffin
Shane Teman
Troop 3874 – Westminster
Bailey Simon
Emily Isaacson
Kayelee Duff
Kaylah Mohrmann
Kaylee Stahlecker
Madelene Kleinhans
Nevaeh Oswalt
Nonnie Fleming
Raina Carrillo
Viviana Olivas-Herrera
Troop 4129 – Castle Pines
Abby Kohl
Courtenay Krause
Emma Goble
Emma McCaffrey
Jessica Bentley
Lale Edil
Nicole Dawson
Tierney Kellish
Troop 4262 – Colorado Springs
Cadence Suding
Faith Carino
Jenifer Mortimer
Kiley Sharpe
Molly Studebaker-Reed
Teagan Keeler
Troop 4271 – Denver
Aileen Jones
Debra Zimmer
Makenna Sherry
Olivia Corn
Samantha Wilkins
Sarahy Trejo-Amaro
Shaina Walsh
Troop 4294 – Arvada
Alyssa Forrester
Anna Rember
Brigitte Elmaleh
Carly Johnstone
Cedar Mast
Katelyn Harker
Katie Rowley
Lauren Johnson
Logan Johnson
Meilan Dowling
Sage Mayer
Sara Laydon
Sierra  Dennis
Troop 4313 – Steamboat Springs
Ava Thiel
Grace Harrell
Jessica Diehl
Maecey Crocker
Megan Willson
Sam Kucera
Troop 4336 – Parker
Alexa Gonzalez
Jordyn Roberts
Lia Bonnell
Lyndsey Fuller
Molly Clausen
Rylie Flavin
Troop 4353 – Colorado Springs
Alexis White
Madison Zakrajsek
McKenzie Bourn
Vanessa Beitle
Victoria Hughes
Troop 4363 – Colorado Springs
Abigail Heiser
Alina  Meyer
Kylee Bruso
Meghan Doll
Nikole  Stanbery
Nylisah Stewart
Samantha Clausen
Troop 4370 – Denver
Joslyn Stallman
Troop 4404 – Greeley
Kayla Steele-Trosper
Troop 4436 – Highlands Ranch
Caitlyn Branine
Troop 4598 – Colorado Springs
Hope Convert
Maliya Gillins

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Michaela (Kailey) Byrne, Colorado Springs, “Faces Behind the Disease”

Kailey Senior pic 3

Michaela (Kailey) Byrne
Colorado Springs
Cheyenne Mountain High School
Faces Behind the Disease

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I created signs that had pictures and a story about a person who had Cystic Fibrosis (CF) to be put up at Great Strides Walks in Colorado. To get participants for my project, I went to the Colorado Springs Walk and set-up a booth that explained my project and also advertised through the CF monthly newsletter and their Facebook page.  I asked the volunteers to answer questions about themselves like their favorites, family members, and what they want to be when they grew up.  I also asked for 1-3 pictures of them. I then created individual signs plus some positive reinforcement signs and a few about the disease itself. I enjoyed trading emails with the volunteers getting to know them a little. The signs were put up at three different walks in Colorado: Colorado Springs, Denver and Fort Collins.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I have been a Girl Scout since I was a Daisy, all the way up to Ambassador. I wanted to earn all three (Girl Scout Highest) awards. Two of my older brothers earned their Eagle Scout Award, so they inspired me to get my Gold Award. I am part of a group called National Charity League. We work with various charities. We volunteer at the Downs Syndrome’s Buddy Walk. It is there I saw the ideas for making signs to personalize the walk. I thought it was a great idea! I have a cousin with CF and have participated yearly in the Great Strides Walk. It is a cause that is close to my heart. I have watched her struggles, yet she is still just an average 9 year old.  I wanted to point out the people behind the disease.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

People with differences are thought of differently. Some people are afraid to look past the differences to see the similarities. I found a way to introduce people to some of the people they came out to support. I helped them see why they were there. I hoped I inspired people to go out and do what they want. To tell them to go for their goals by seeing others with challenges do what they love.    Sometimes people are afraid of differences, but I think my signs helped them see that people with CF are the same as people without CF.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned how to properly introduce myself in person and through email. I worked on my communication skills.  I learned about timing and organizing. I learned how to advertise and ask for things.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I think I will most remember the inspiring people with CF and hearing their stories. They were very helpful, and it was great to see even though they had a life threatening disease they follow their dreams, do what they want to do, and enjoy life. They do not let obstacles stand in their way; they are strong and go for their goals. Also I hoped that by showing the supporters what amazing people they are and how they follow their hearts, that anyone can do the same. This starts a whole chain reaction; if one person can see what these people are doing, that will inspire others to do what they want and so on.  I take pride in the fact that I got help inspire people to live life to the fullest.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

I like having new experiences. They usually teach me lessons, or I learn a little bit about myself.  I think the skills I learned will help me the most. I learned how to formally introduce myself, which will help me in a job interview or talking to clients for a future job. Organization and time management are skills everybody needs. I learned different ways of communicating, which is great because everybody communicates differently. I learned that although you might have a great plan in place, most likely you will have to make adjustments when unexpected events happen or people don’t react in the way you had planned.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

I think it is important part of my Girl Scout experience because everybody benefits. I learned new skills and had fun experiences. It was very good to help others. It inspires other Girl Scouts to find a passion or cause and get to help out.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Ailee Rowe, Westminster, “Children Can Be Children”

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Westminster
Westminster High School
Children Can Be Children

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I designed and instituted a program in the local homeless shelter system to stimulate brain activity when not at school.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I grew up volunteering at Homeless Shelters, and the kids there always seem so alone. I wanted to make something that would help them connect with the world and make a change in their lives as well.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

Encouraging active thinking outside of school improves literacy rates and learning in general. Hopefully these children will engage their brains more and more outside of school in fun ways, making it easy to learn and create.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned about communication and organizing schedules. It is not nearly as simple as it sounds.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

One evening, one of the children taught me a card game. He was absolutely delighted when he won. Little moments like that make all the difference, which is why I will remember them.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

It taught me practical skills, some of which I severely lacked, like being able to talk on the telephone, and contacting people I’d never met. These are valuable skills no matter what you do in life.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

Girl Scouts encourages female leadership, but it is hard to fully embrace this without being a leader in the greatest capacity in something you are impassioned about. It was the paramount of my experience, and I’m very glad to have completed it.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Alisa Toland, Littleton, “Eyes on Uganda”

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Littleton
Chatfield Senior High School
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What did you do for your Gold Award project?

Educated people about the poverty in Uganda as well as collected reading glasses to help the women in the bead for life program  to help make their life a little bit better and so they could see.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued my Gold Award project because I was having a conversation with someone, and we were talking about bead for life and how most of the women in their program can’t see because they don’t have glasses. I wanted to help them out, but also educate the community about Uganda.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold project made a difference because I was able to change people’s lives by sending the glasses to Uganda and also because it made the people I educated about Uganda have a different perspective on life.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

The skills I gained  through my Gold Award project would  be  public speaking skills, more leadership skills and some more organization skills.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

What I will remember most about my Gold Award project would have to be some of the looks on peoples faces while I was doing the educational pieces.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Earning my Gold Award will help me in the future by giving me more confidence when I have to speak to a room full of people I don’t even know. It will also help me by all the leadership skills I gained, and I am not afraid to walk into a room full of people and tell them “ok this is what I need  done.”

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

Because it’s the highest award you can earn in  Girl Scouts and you have to work hard for it!

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Katie Maes, Evergreen, “Mercantile Music”

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Katie Maes
Evergreen
Evergreen High School
Mercantile Music

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

I made a CD of old hymns and folk songs for the Hiwan Homestead Museum. The staff has been wanting to add something to the Mercantile Store, so that’s how I helped. They want the tours to feel in the time of the Homestead. They wanted more than just a look and see feel for the museum, they also wanted a multi-sensory idea; I wanted to focus on the hearing sense. What I did was record some songs, put them into a computer software where I could put all the songs together into one long recording, and changed the sound of the music. I also made a bookmark listing the songs I recorded for the Homestead staff to keep and hand out during tours.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I’ve been in Girl Scouts for thirteen years, and I have earned my Bronze and Silver Awards, I wanted to go all the way and earn everything I can in Girl Scouts. Plus my mother really wanted me to earn it.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

The staff has already incorporated the CD in with their tours, along with the bookmarks. After I print a bunch of them, I’ll copy the document over to the Homestead staff for them to keep and make more if needed. Andy Spencer says, “Katie’s contribution is massive. The original music brings a whole new dimension to our programming and the authentic sounds and songs transport our visitors back in time. It allows everyone to better connect with history and therefore be better informed as to the ever growing need to preserve our historical assets and memories.”

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I learned how to use a recording device, how to use a soundboard, and how to put all the recordings into one long CD on the computer.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

What I will remember most is how much I wanted to give up because I started it too late and ran out of time to do everything. But in the end, I got everything done and it turned out really well.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

It will be something interesting and unique to have on my resume when I apply for colleges and future jobs.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Gold Award is an important part of Girl Scouts, because its the same as a Boy Scout getting their Eagle Scout- its the highest and best thing you can do, we grow up in scouting, we might as well go all the way, plus we make a difference in the world.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Selena Wellington, Fort Collins, “Preventing Genocide”

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Selena Wellington
Fort Collins
Rocky Mountain High School
Preventing Genocide

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

My project was split into two major parts. The first was a series of presentations that taught the audience what genocide is, where it still happens, how it happens, and how to stop it. I ultimately reached 170 adults and 200 middle school students. Each audience member also made a pledge following the presentation of what they would do to fight genocide and defend human rights.  The second part of my project was a video about Matthew Shepard used to illustrate how basic intolerance can lead to devastating consequences. This video was shown and discussed in every homeroom at my high school, reaching about 2100 students.  Here is a link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOTRaRPH_ZM.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

Ever since I was in 8th grade I’ve been passionate about human rights and ending violations of human rights. It started when one of my good friends visited Auschwitz, a concentration camp from the Holocaust. When I saw her pictures, I was horrified, but also inspired to write poetry about the Holocaust and learn more about it. I read books, watched movies, visited websites, and later I started learning about other genocides.  Also in 8th grade, I watched a movie in my English class called Paper Clips about a school group in Tennessee who learned about the Holocaust for the first time. After learning, they were so horrified and inspired they decided to collect 11 million paper clips to represent every life lost in the Holocaust. During World War II the paper clip was worn by Norwegians to show they were anti-Nazi, but after this school group did their project, the paper clip came to represent more than that; it represented remembrance but also commitment to defend human rights and prevent future genocides. Nearly every day since then, I have worn a paper clip.  When deciding to pursue this award, I knew my topic was going to revolve around genocide, but it gradually grew bigger and bigger and encompassed basic human rights everywhere, which was a natural transition to me, because all genocides find their roots in basic intolerance.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

The difference I made was evident in every audience member. I collected pledges with what my audience members would do as a result of my project. While some gave little commitment, I was pleased with the way they began a small passion for the topic as I had. One middle school student said, “I will do my best to stand up to bullies for myself and others to start on a small scale. I will also write a letter to someone in power and/or write an article on the link between bullying and genocide.” From an adult: “I will give bullying flyers to the teachers and family members with kids [at my rotary club] and be more aware of dehumanizing comments and ‘jokes.’” The immediate impact of this project is bringing together the community about a global but also very local issue. Going into Webber Middle School for presentations, Sonja Modesti mentioned that including bullying and basic intolerance in my presentation was very topical for the school at the time because several students had actually been suspended for bullying. In the Middle School setting it made students realize that their negative actions can have much bigger consequences beyond just schoolyard bullying, and based on the discussion and feedback I got, the classes really seemed to build off each other’s ideas on how to stop this issue as a class. For my high school, the immediate impact was similar to the Middle School. The video sparked discussion about intolerance, but also led to more wide scale discussions about hate crimes and even genocide.   While I mostly focused on rotary clubs in the community, the immediate impact is picking at the brains of adults who may have not been aware of these issues at all.  In the near future, I hope the impact of this project will be further education regarding these topics. Immediately, only the people I spoke to were affected, but everyone I spoke to made a pledge, whether it was to stop bullying when they see it happen or start writing letters to legislatures. If the people who listened to my presentation stay true to their pledges, the near future will be working towards a community that does not accept intolerance as a basic social norm. Many adults pledged to inform the children in their lives, which will spread more tolerance throughout the community’s schools. If the video and discussion is used for many years to come, at Rocky Mountain High School, we will have a community focused on defending one another against intolerance and dehumanization.  The long term impact of my project is that, rather than having a community working towards tolerance, we have a community focused on accepting everyone in it for who he or she is. This is the ultimate goal of the project, and while it takes much more than just my project to get there, my project gave the opportunity for people to open their eyes and start working towards a more accepting community. If our community members truly work together to fight issues of intolerance, I hope it will inspire other communities as well or maybe even the government to make more of an effort to create a nation with “liberty and justice for all.”

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

Through my project, I ultimately grew as a leader. I became more convicted in my abilities to be inspiring, contributing to a stronger sense of self. I think this is the ultimate quality a leader must have, because one person cannot do everything, so leaders must be inspirational; they must be able to inspire others to believe in their mission and help them towards their goals. Throughout this project, I acquired much more conviction in my ability to speak but also my beliefs in human rights. At the start of the project, I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to stick my neck out, but now I realize that to be a convincing speaker, you need to be offensive. You need to state your beliefs on the issue without worrying about who is going to disagree with you.  Another example of my growth as a leader is my ability to bring people together, which is certainly a practical life skill. I collaborated a lot throughout this project, and I couldn’t have done it without all the help I received. I was able to convince people in the importance of my project, and as I result I got 25+ high school students to say a line in a potentially controversial video that would be shown to the whole school. One student even memorized a 6 minute monologue to help me. I got in touch with actors, one who had performed on Broadway (Jonathan Farwell) to help me for free. This ability to reach out to others helped me grow as a leader, because like I said, one person can’t do it all. I grew as a person in my ability to approach huge challenges. Tackling genocide is no easy task; even tackling basic intolerance is overwhelming. I know some people challenged me in saying things along the lines of, “But violence is a part of human nature” or “Bullying will always be an issue.” I countered these people by saying that excusing human rights abuses as “part of human nature” is simply giving up. Regardless of whether this issue is a tendency of human nature doesn’t affect how we respond to it; we still need to fight it. In fact, I’d say we need to fight violence and bullying even more if it is a result of human nature. This project definitely helped me realize that anything you think is possible can be tackled with small steps. This realization will help me seek more challenges in the future.  In terms of positive values, I think I developed these to an even greater amount. One example of this is the decision to stick my neck out and defend the rights for LGBT people even if it would result in some audience members shutting out what I had to say. I learned that you have to stay true to your values and you can’t please everyone, but if you are always genuine, you’ll always believe in what you’re doing. Believing in human rights and fighting dehumanization was something that was with me even before the project, but I think taking on this project helped me believe more in possibility to change things that have seemingly always been a part of human culture and society. I learned not to brush problems away that are hard to fix, but do everything I can to try to fix them. I developed critical thinking in the way I approached the issue of genocide and intolerance. Before beginning the project, I read a lot of books about genocide, intolerance, and related issues. This helped develop my critical thinking on the subject by opening my eyes to what other people were already saying and suggesting. I synthesized this information to make a compelling argument for what the common person could do. My critical thinking was also developed in designing the presentation for Middle School students. Obviously this is a very heavy topic, and the students I was presenting to were just learning what genocide is. I think by combining activities that spark the empathy of the students and activities that cause the students to believe in their power to make change happen, I developed a powerful curriculum.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

After my first presentation for adults that weren’t Girl Scouts, a woman came up to me and said something along the lines of, “You know, I’m a lesbian and I know Judy Shepard, and what you’re doing just gives me so much hope.” At that point in the presentation, I’d been slightly off-put by a man who had asked “How many people need to be killed for it to be a genocide?” and him responding in a rather negative way to my presentation. That woman’s comment stuck with me for the duration of the project, and will probably stick with me for the rest of my life. It reminded me that I am putting my neck out there, and not everyone is going to agree with what I say, but there are people that are far more moved and inspired by me than those who shut out what I say. Her words kept me going when facing more adversary in later speeches.

How will earning your Gold Award help you in your future?

Besides putting this on a resume, my Gold Award really expanded my realm of possibility. Genocide seems unstoppable, like hatred, like intolerance, like bullying. My project made me realize that regardless of whether it ever stops, we can do a lot to make a difference and improve the lives of those dehumanized. This realization will stay with me, wherever my future may take me.   Beyond that, my project helped significantly expand my leadership skills (as described above), whether through public speaking, reaching out for help, or trying to inspire. I have a better grasp on what it means to inspire a crowd to do something.

Why do you feel the Gold Award is an important part of your Girl Scout experience?

The Gold Award was incredibly important for my Girl Scout experience because it put everything we do into perspective. Yes, we go camping and some troops go on international trips, but Girl Scouts really is an organization dedicated toward the betterment of the world. By completing my project, I grasped what it means to try to better the world, to dedicate all your energy and creativity into fighting one issue. This was crucial for my experience because it made me realize, that although I  may not always be in a Girl Scout troop, I am still dedicated towards living like a Girl Scout.

Girl Scout fundraiser in Durango raises $1,500

Thank you to everyone who attended our Durango fundraising event on Friday evening, Oct. 18th. This fun event called “Betty Girl Scout Happy Hour” paired Girl Scout Cookies with beer crafted by our location hosts, Ska Brewing Company. Nearly 40 community members, including Girl Scout alumnae, attended and helped raise $1,500+ for Girl Scout programs in the area. The event also featured a silent auction. Ska Brewing Company looks forward to partnering with Girl Scouts on future events!

GSCO Honored with Environmental Leadership Award

Girl Scouts of Colorado was honored at the Bronze Award level from the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program at an event last Thursday, October 17.

Below are pictures of GSCO staff Kristin Courington and Nicole Eubanks with Lynette Myers, Administrator of the Colorado ELP and Mike Nelson from Channel 7 who was the event MC. GSCO was given this award for the great Forever Green projects that girls have done around the state and our dedication to environmental education.

Girls, please continue to register your environmental projects on the Forever Green Project page. http://www.girlscouts.org/gsforevergreen/default.asp

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First Girl Scout Women of Distinction honored in Grand Junction

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Girl Scouts of Colorado’s CEO Stephanie Foote helped induct the first class of Girl Scout Women of Distinction on the Western Slope at a breakfast on Tuesday morning, Oct. 15, at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts in Grand Junction. This year’s honorees were Lois Dunn, Real Estate Broker, Invest in Colorado West, Inc., Teresa Coons, Executive Director, Math and Science Center, and Lisa Boyd, Co-Owner, No Coast Sushi.

A special thank you to Susan Alvillar and WPX, The Western Colorado Center for the Arts, and Cowboy and the Rose for hosting the first annual Grand Junction Girl Scouts Women of Distinction. The event raised more than $1,000 for local Girl Scout programming. Donations can still be made in honor of this program at girlscoutsofcolorado.org/donate.

Girl Scout Women of Distinction are chosen based on their contributions to the community, both professionally and personally. They commit to supporting Girl Scouts of Colorado and serving Girl Scouts today. The Girl Scouts Women of Distinction program is active in other parts of Colorado, including Colorado Springs and Denver. More than 400 women throughout the state have been recognized and have raised more than $2 million in the last 20 years for Girl Scout leadership programs. Learn more about Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Women of Distinction program.

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