Category Archives: Highest Awards Archive

Congratulations to the Bronze Award Recipients from February 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.

Our annual spring celebrations are now in full swing! Friends and family are invited to attend any of the following celebrations. Please RSVP for all events online: girlscoutsofcolorado.org/highest-awards-rsvp

  • Fort Collins, April 25. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 11.
  • Denver, April 29. Silver and Gold Recognition (Bronze encouraged to attend), RSVP before April 15.
  • Boulder, May 4. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bridging Celebration, RSVP before April 29.
  • Colorado Springs, May 29. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before May 22.

Bronze Award Recipients February 2014
 
Troop 40551 – Colorado Springs
Anjelina Castrejon
Essence Ward
Morgan Hebert
Shakyra Blue

Troop 41979 – Colorado Springs
Caitlin Lebakken
Emily Sandlin
Hope Arnold
Julia Schooley
Lauren Thoman
Makhaila Keown
Mariel Maione
Rayna White
Sarah Rasmussen
Sophia Schooley

Troop 41979 – Peyton
Isabella Albin

Troop 42111 – Colorado Springs
Alaisha Lemay
Arianna Tucker
Bryanna Doonan
Danielle Turner
Dionna Canty
Miquela Smith

Troop 43422 – Colorado Springs
Dana von Lehmden
Danielle de Leon
Emily Culbertson
Nicole Miller
Robin Lasswell

Troop 43479 – Colorado Springs
Hannah Svarverud

Troop 43580 – Colorado Springs
Aydenlee Stabel
Emily Tetrault
Jade Sablan
Missy Walker

Troop 44579 – Colorado Springs
Amelia Weldon
Brigid Hennessey
Brooke Ashbridge
Cara O’Leary
Erin Roderick
Hannah Sheridan
Holly White
Irelynn Parker
Kayleigh Von Hoene
Victoria Pappert

Troop 50596 – Arvada
Ashley McFarland
Lauryn Oldenburg

Troop 51564 – Littleton
Devin Keith
Kara Lerudis
Kennedy Solheim
Kiley Lawrence
Libby Matkins
Madison Bergman
Marisa Ross
Meghan Erbeck
Morgan Morrell
Riley Rosene
Sophia Drager
Summer Gehman
Taylor Chaplin

Troop 51823 – Arvada
Celia McNulty
Makayla Kinard

Troop 52493 – Evergreen
Megan Esterl

Troop 53185 – Littleton
Alexis Praska
Ella Myers
Grace Miller
Grace Ptak
Isabella Phippen
Jaxynn Simons
Kaitlyn Shepherd
Lilian Howerton
Madison Morrin
Prasamsha Kaini

Troop 53449 – Lakewood
Alexis Becker
Alycia Vigil
Amelia Carrillo
Brooklyn Niemi
Ciara Leal
Elaina Martinez
Jennifer Arredondo
Jessica Jimenez
Nzana Thillot
Rachel Medina-Gomez

Troop 62201 – Parker
Anita Silva
Caitlynn Carter
Kennedy Breda
Rachael Hamilton
Tyanna Fox

Troop 62521 – Parker
Sadie Krause

Troop 62856 – Highlands Ranch
Asha Kakuda
Ava Mount
Brianna Hughes
Elle Haller
Emily Sullivan
Georgia Hoekstra
Lauren Studdard
Sydney Collins

Troop 63505 – Highlands Ranch
Abigail Ulrich
Allison Miller
Elise Cary
Emily Lucker
Madison Weitzel

Troop 63888 – Parker
Ashlee Taylor
Carissa Wecker
Emily Salter
Hailee Collier
Hannah Reynolds
Megan Kane
Stella Hostin
Taylor Ellison

Troop 71382 – Louisville
Josette Hauser
Rory Sweedler

Troop 72469 – Johnstown
Alanna Daniel
Brinley Smith
Hope Jackson
Joya Haskin
Lainey Lowery
Michalyn Genau
Skylar Daniel

Troop 73265 – Erie
Camille Arnold-Mages
Jasmyne Williams

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients February 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!

Our annual spring celebrations are now in full swing! Friends and family are invited to attend any of the following celebrations. Please RSVP for all events online: girlscoutsofcolorado.org/highest-awards-rsvp

  • Fort Collins, April 25. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 11.
  • Denver, April 29. Silver and Gold Recognition (Bronze encouraged to attend), RSVP before April 15.
  • Boulder, May 4. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bridging Celebration, RSVP before April 29.
  • Colorado Springs, May 29. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before May 22.

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 February 2014
 
Troop 34105 – Pueblo
Jasmine Hollingsworth
Mariah Cordova
Megan Mayo
Morgan Patton

Troop 40144 – Colorado Springs
Amani Monroe
Doris Carroll
Emily Ouellette
Laura Livelli
Lillian Vandeweghe
Madyson Craver
Makenna Sauer
Maria Carrero
Megan Hennessey
Sarah Wettemann

Troop 40551 – Colorado Springs
Alexia Lucero
Alexys Townsend
Emily Grant
Lydia Donahue
Mercedes Melendez

Troop 42086 – Colorado Springs
Adrielle Baker
Elysia Tuttle
Faith Parker
Kearra Hahne
Mollie Metts
Victoria Grossman

Troop 50031 – Thornton
Anika Malone
Apoorva Seth
Bethani Hartman
Carissa Flores
Hailey Bickford
Josephine Martin
Madchen Craig
Olivia Johnson
Quinn Halgrimson
Samantha Martin
Shaela Burkert
Stephanie Hardee

Troop 51303 – Littleton
Claire Gibson
Lillian Mullen

Troop 53302 – Golden
Lucy Bennett

Troop 60054 – Aurora
Gracelyn Gutierrez
Mariana Zerr

Troop 60193 – Littleton
Anna Poelma
Ashley Mcferrin
Daphne Salisbury

Troop 61059 – Aurora
Addison Meyer
Aubrey Berger
Brooklin Banks
Jenice Bates
Keiondra Wilkerson
Kennedy Soureka
Sunsiray Fields

Troop 61791 – Highlands Ranch
Abrianna Desmond
Justine Monsell

Troop 61951 – Highlands Ranch
Alexis Brooker
Allyson Story
Fiorella Carlassare
Kaitlyn Krason

Troop 62573 – Centennial
Annie Morrison
Elizabeth Kahalley
Emily Fairbairn
Gwyneth Ormes
Jenna Link
Rachel Moes
Victoria Delate

Troop 62677 – Highlands Ranch
Jillian Holladay
Rachel Flin

Troop 62699 – Aurora
Alyson Ranucci
Mariah Byers
Sydne Wiederspan
Tatyana Bull

Troop 69619 – Highlands Ranch
Hannah Moore

Troop 70480 – Niwot
Kayleigh Limbach

Troop 70552 – Frederick
Hannah Stewart

Troop 71245 – Fort Collins
Annie Nay
Jenjira Siripachana
Jessa Salvador
Katherine Carlson

Troop 71619 – Lafayette
Claire Hankla
Emily Moore
Hannah Topliss
Jessica Shuler

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Alexa Stringer, Boulder/Lafayette, “Free to be You”

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Alexa Stringer
Boulder/Lafayette
Fairview High School
Free to be You

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project, I wrote curriculum for and ran a counseling group for middle-school aged girls to raise self-esteem. My group provided peer support and resources to help improve body image and general self-esteem as well as how to rise above the images the social media suggests.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this project because insecurity is an issue many young girls experience and struggle with. In my project I wanted to help girls who deal with insecurities about themselves. My goal was that this group of girls will go on to help create a generation of adolescents who do not struggle with issues that hinder their relationships with themselves and others and help create a society where they are celebrated, not beaten down.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

The main impact my project made was the education of adolescents and providing the tools and resources necessary to be successful. I believe that after the group’s last session, girls became continually more aware that they were in control of their life. They gained knowledge of how to deal with stressful situations, unhealthy relationships, and how to better themselves and help others. One of the participants wrote on her evaluation that she was so glad she participated in the group and that she was considering taking on a project of her own along the lines of my curriculum. To hear that was so cool for me because that’s when I really knew for sure that I made an impact on these girls and they would be passing it on to their community.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

Through my project, I have gained countless useful skills. One of the most important, though, was problem-solving. I feel that I learned how to encounter and overcome obstacles very well during my project. I also drastically improved my communication skills through this group. I had to learn to advocate for myself when I needed something instead of trying to take everything on by myself. The helpful skills I developed in running this group have since come to use in many situations in my daily life.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I think the thing I’ll remember most will be the girls’ reactions. It was really cool for me to see how much their opinion of themselves really changed throughout the group and how it positively affected their relationships with themselves and their families and friends. When I presented my Gold Award project to my peers, it was really cool for me to see that people were interested in my project and what I did. In addition, seeing how many of my peers reacted positively to my project made me feel like I had more power to
make a change.

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

My project really gave me some good experience and a great start in psychology, which is what I plan to get my degree in at Colorado State University this fall. I learned a lot about working with others and how to overcome issues I may come across.

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

Not only did it teach me to be organized and manage my time well, my project really showed me what I can do when I set my mind to something. I learned how powerful I can be with my words and leadership and how big of an impact I can make. Since the group has ended, I also feel more connected to my community. I have never really interacted much with anyone too far apart in age than me, but this group helped me connect with some younger girls and see the world through their perspective.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Jordanne Stobbs-Vergara, Centennial, “Speak loudly and carry a confident smile”

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Jordanne Stobbs-Vergara
Centennial
Eaglecrest High School
Speak loudly and carry a confident smile

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award, I gave a series of presentations to young men and women from different organizations about public speaking, speech writing, and general eloquence.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I noticed a deficit in public speaking skills in the young people in my area and this deficit lead to students not being able to clearly advocate for themselves or communicate their ideas.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My Gold Award project made a difference in boosting the confidence of the young men and women I presented to, as well as providing them with an important skill set to use in their future.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

I gained skills of organization, communication, leadership, ingenuity, teaching, and I even became a better public speaker myself though my Gold Award.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will remember most how well my presentations were received by my audiences and the tangible excitement the students got when they understood and were able to demonstrate a new concept.

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

In the future my dream is to be a lawyer in the Air Force. So my Gold Award helped me with the leadership skills I gained as well as being able to teach or communicate one idea to a diverse audience.

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

The Gold Award, to me, is the graduation of Girl Scouts. It is the ‘congratulations, you made it through!’ Earning the Gold Award was really a culmination of learning how to put together all the skills Girl Scouts gave me, from confidence in speaking to adults to organizing a community behind a common goal, into one, cohesive project.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project: Megan Dirksen, Lakewood, “A Dog’s Eye View”

Megan Dirksen

Megan Dirksen
Lakewood
Bear Creek High School
A Dog’s Eye View

What did you do for your Gold Award project?

For my Gold Award project I created an informational video about Freedom Service Dogs. This organization trains and gives service dogs to people with disabilities or veterans. Here is the final video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWZ_oJamgII.

Why did you pursue this Gold Award project?

I pursued this Gold Award project to improve my skills in video, increase my communication skills, increase my interpersonal relationship skills, and to support a great organization that makes life better for both dogs and people.

How did your Gold Award project make a difference?

My project made a difference by helping me learn new abilities and giving me the confidence to do a project of this scale. Also, this video was posted on social media sites and is helping increase awareness of the importance of service dogs.

What skills did you gain through earning your Gold Award?

The skills I gained through earning my Gold Award were video and filming skills, communication, organization, patience, how to work with a team, be a leader, and see a project through to completion.

What will you most remember about your Gold Award project?

I will most remember the appreciation and thanks that I received from people who I filmed and people who have viewed the video too.

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

Earning my Gold Award will help me in my future by helping my confidence, ability to possibly get scholarships or jobs, and working in a team environment.

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

I feel like the Gold Award is an important part of Girl Scouts because many of my previous Girl Scout skills were incorporated in finishing this project. It also gives me such a feeling of accomplishment and reward that I have enjoyed sharing with people.

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