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Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Garrett Ann Nevins, Highlands Ranch, “Unifying Christmas”

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Garrett Ann Nevins
Highlands Ranch
Mountain Vista High School
Unifying Christmas

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project I taught high school SSN (special support needs) students some life skills they could use to make fleece pillows that they donated to the Ronald McDonald House. The goal was to connect the students with the community in a way that would result in them giving back. This project required them to focus on following directions, developing and using math skills, and working on their hand-eye coordination.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued my Gold Award project because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of the students and provide them with skills and memories they could carry forward in the future.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My project made a difference by teaching a new life skill to the students, giving them additional confidence and self-esteem to know they are giving back to the community. This project also gave the peer interns who assist these students another opportunity to help others as well.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

The skills I gained from my Gold Award project were organization and time management, because I had to make sure I met certain deadlines. Another skill I believed I developed was patience. During my project, I had to make sure I gave people enough lead time for them to respond to my requests.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The thing I will remember most about my Gold Award is observing the SSN students making the fleece pillows. It was so inspiring to see their excitement and energy going into their work, and also seeing how intrigued they were and interested to help the Ronald McDonald House residents. It was incredible being able to achieve my goal; for they expressed how happy they were to be able to donate their pillows, and still ask periodically if the pillows are liked by their recipients.

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

I am looking at a possible career in special education, and the Gold Award gave me an opportunity to lead a project with this amazing group of students.

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

I feel the Gold Award is an important part of my Girl Scout experience, because it provided me an opportunity to put the Girl Scout leadership skills and parts of the Girl Scout Law to work in a service project that makes the world a better place.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Elisabeth Collins, Highlands Ranch, “Improvisation Sensation!”

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Elisabeth Collins
Highlands Ranch
ThunderRidge High School
Improvisation Sensation!

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project I founded and directed “Improvisation Sensation!” for five high schools in the Douglas County School District. The event consisted of an improvisation workshop, dress rehearsal, dinner and evening community performance attended by more than 100 people. I also prepared a booklet with the guidelines for improvisation and many improv games. I sent this booklet to the Girl Scout World Centers for them to use for evening programs.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

This Gold Award project allowed me to provide my peers with an opportunity to overcome public speaking anxiety and to perform spontaneously in a caring and supportive environment. It also allowed the students to perform in front of a live audience.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

The high school teams gained more confidence, gained knowledge about how certain improv games and developed certain skills (such as continuing a dialogue between improv players, building a scene quickly, learning to trust each other and working together as a team.)

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

The two leadership skills I gained were the ability to resolve problems/conflicts quickly and providing detailed and clear communication.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

The most memorable part of my Gold Award project was the evening community performance and watching the teams show what they learned. Additionally, I will remember that even the best made plans still require some “improvisation” to overcome unforeseen problems.

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

The Gold Award has helped me learn the steps necessary to develop a plan and learn what it takes to carry out an event. I can now take what I have learned and apply these skills to future events. When applying to one college, I was offered a scholarship, just because I had completed the Gold Award :).

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

I started in Girl Scouts when I was a Daisy. Our troop learned about the Girl Scout Law and went on several field trips. As we got older, our troop earned the Bronze Award and the Silver Award. We enjoyed helping with Girl Scout Service Unit camps and learned that helping our community was an integral part of Girl Scouting. The Gold Award stretched my leadership skills, by planning and event all on my own. I learned that to accomplish everything on my plan, I needed to ask others for help and I learned that communication is essential. This project taught me that an individual can create change through a series of small actions to accomplish a larger project and goal.

 

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Lindsey Romig, Littleton, “Aware”

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Lindsey Romig
Littleton 

Dakota Ridge High School
Aware

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project I chose to educate people about homelessness: what causes someone to be homeless and who the homeless are. I mostly focused on the population of panhandlers because I feel like they don’t get as much attention as the people who are getting help from shelters and food banks. I did a lot of research, and for my project I created a video, borrowed a video, and created a final result video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFF36kmdsQQ ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtJWkMrtlvo ; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwnyqrbeSYs

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

In the last few years I have been surrounded by people and places attempting to help the homeless.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award introduced the program “Food Not Cash,” which is a way of helping panhandlers without giving them money.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

Through earning my Gold Award I have become a better public speaker, I have become better at researching, and I have become a better leader.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

My project got amazing responses, and inspired many people; I believe this is what I will remember about my Gold Award project.

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

Because I have earned my Gold Award I hope that I will continue to learn about the issue of homelessness, continue to become a better public speaker, and to be completely honest, I hope that schools will see that because I have earned this award that I am a strong leader, and have a desire to learn.

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

I believe that the Gold Award is a way for a girl to “discover herself:” learn her limits, and learn where she can push herself. I think that knowing those things is invaluable in the “real world.”

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients January 2014!

Silver AwardAll 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 January 2014

Troop 10020 – Lake City
Kayla Chambers
Troop 10120 – Grand Junction
Kalina Mow
Troop 10132 – Grand Junction
Carissa Crawford
Troop 50162 – Lakewood
Sydni Sich
Troop 51303 – Littleton
Anastasia Bowles
Troop 51435 – Golden
Ashley Dale
Clare Darling
Elizabeth Koch
Grace Kern
Katelyn Maher
Kathleen McMurtrey
Kaylee Coffman
Megan Feiner
Megan Higgins
Sophie Matthews
Troop 61292 – Parker
Alexandra Merrill
Isabelle Diranna
Natasha Diranna
Troop 69604 – Littleton
Kelsey Harry
Troop 70480 – Niwot
Ashlin Hult
Hailey Noterman
Mari Barrett
Troop 72580 – Superior
Emily Locker
Haley Patterson
Shelby Oke

Congratulations to the Bronze Award Recipients from January 2014!

Bronze_Award_Starburst_HRAll 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 January 2014

Troop 10098 – Grand Junction
Johneth Price
Troop 14643 – Grand Junction
Kalea Potter
Troop 43592 – Monument
Cassidy Werner
Troop 60008 – Englewood
Marissa Moreland
Troop 60702 – Centennial
Abigail Johnson
Adrianna Johnston
Amberly Kroha
Anna Durr
Emma Gardner
Laura Greichen
Lauren Stephens
Lillian Richards
Rachel Lindell
Skye Martichuski
Troop 73323 – Superior
Abigail Mousseau
Ashleigh  Lightbody
Emily McGarry
Kaitlyn Alves
Taylor Johnston
Troop 73357 – Louisville
Annie Fowle
Astrid Borsholm
Ava McDonald
Caitlin Sagrillo
Celia Pacheco
Emmy Ayad
Gabriella Wyckoff
Lily Esterline
Mattie McKenna
Naomi Smith
Natalie Powers
Sara Pilot
Shannon Blanco

Girl Scouts advance bill for new Colorado State Cactus designation

Colorado is well on its way to having its own prickly pal, thanks to the advocacy of 6th-grade Girl Scout Troop 2518 from Castle Rock. The girls are working with State Rep. Carole Murray, R-Castle Rock, to work a bill through the legislature designating the claret cup cactus as our state’s cactus. In the process, the girls will also earn their Silver Award, the highest award for Girl Scout Cadettes. On January 27, HB 1024 passed the House Committee 11-0 to proceed to the House Floor.

The four girls conducted thorough online research and consulted with botanists at the Denver Botanic Gardens to select the claret cup in favor over the prickly pear, which is considered a weed by most.

“We learned that the claret cup is one of the most common cacti in Colorado, and it grows in low and high elevations,” said Paige Ferguson, 12. “It’s also really pretty with bright red flowers, and hummingbirds like them too.”

The claret cup is a small barrel-shaped cactus that grows in clusters with a red waxy flower. The cactus is found throughout Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. Arizona and Texas are the only other states that have designated official cacti.

The troop first contacted Murray in late 2012 to see if she’d be interested in sponsoring a bill to designate a state cactus. She readily agreed to help, and has also given the girls a behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol and a hand-on experience with how the legislative process works.

Megan Phibbs, 11, and Aspen Medberry, 11, did a remarkable job of testifying before the House Committee, with backup from troopmates Paige Ferguson, 12, and Jocelyn Tweddle, 11. They detailed their research and why the plant deserves this designation. To sweeten the bill, they also made cupcakes adorned with edible cacti for the committee members. Representatives from the Denver Botanic Gardens and the Colorado Cactus and Succulent Society also testified in support of the legislation.

Murray says she hopes the bill ends up on Gov. Hickenlooper’s desk with no controversy.

“It’s exciting to be a part of making history with a state symbol to earn our Silver Award,” said Megan.

The Silver Award is a leadership award culminating with a project led by a Cadette troop who build a purpose-based team to work with the larger community to meet a need. The focus of a Girl Scout Silver Award project is identifying and researching a community issue they are passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project.

Also love the spirit of Rep. Murray as the bill went for a final vote earlier in February:
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Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients December 2013!

Silver AwardAll 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

Troop51770 – Arvada

Brittany Webster

Troop61966 – Highlands Ranch

Mikayla Powell

Congratulations to the Bronze Award Recipients from December 2013!

Bronze_Award_Starburst_HRAll 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

Troop53919 – Arvada

Alexandra Weaver

Lillian Valdez

Nina Paul

Paige Newman

Shawn Murphy

Troop73655 – Boulder

Franziska Pflaum

Imani Fernandez-Gorbea

Jaimi Lutes

Jordan Lutes

Jordyn Grace

Kate Liston

Lauren Hirschhorn

Morgan Hunt

Renee Gangwish

Siri Allegra-Berger

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients October – November 2013 & Prior

Silver AwardAll 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 Oct – Nov 2013 & Prior

Troop11804 – Grand Junction
Mira Mercier
Troop43496 – Colorado Springs
Ashley Emmons
Cora Ferguson
Natalie Brown
Troop51166 – Denver
Helen Threlkeld
Maura Turner
Sara Francone
Zoe Haller
Troop51427 – Lakewood
Eilish Brennan
Madeline Melton
Rachel Zekowski
Troop60182 – Parker
Alyssa Schmidt
Ashley Wright
Catherine Schifano
Clare Weisiger
Grace LaClaire
Kathryn Conrad
Kelli Maroney
Oksana Alvarez
Sofia Gratton
Troop70480 – Longmont
Avery Haskins
Troop73830 – Firestone
Anastacia Lowe
Anna Weingartner
Kathryn Holbrook
Troop83334 – Fort Morgan
Abigail Harman
Akela Ratcliffe
Mikayla Klimper
Shanna Schnegelberger

Congratulations to the Bronze Award Recipients from October – November 2013 & Prior!

Bronze_Award_Starburst_HRAll 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 Oct – Nov 2013 & Prior

Troop40921 – Colorado Springs
Meranda Remick
Miriah Remick
Troop43479 – Colorado Springs
Erin Kofahl
Hannah Pompeii
Troop43496 – Colorado Springs
Skyler Lorash
Sophia Witt
Tyanna Guitierrez
Troop53435 – Denver
Emilee Burke
Madelyn Morris
Troop54370 – Denver
Bethany Mekonnen
Cherysh Williams
Hannah Chavez
Julia Mcgee
Kya Yeast
Kylee Schadegg
Madisson Danner
Troop62804 – Aurora
Alyssa Burks
Troop63240 – Highlands Ranch
Abby Hoerler
Ashleigh Willette
Graycelin Hare
Jennifer Thompson
Makenna Butts
Troop64145 – Centennial
Alyssa Korte
Arwen Graham
Ashlynn Raymond
Christa Ohlgren
Courntey Menefee
Destiny Levin
Emma Donovan
Emma Harma
Emma Korte
Macie Carson
Mia Hulac
Rachel Mazotti
Troop71290 – Fort Collins
Elizabeth Priebe
Troop83334 – Fort Morgan
Hope Huffman
Jamie Ketcham
Marissa Cervantes