Category Archives: Silver Award Honorees

Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award recipients honored at Highest Awards celebration in Fort Collins

 

More than one hundred Girl Scout families and friends gathered at the Fort Collins Marriott on April 17, 2016 to honor Colorado Girl Scouts who earned one of Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

Two Girl Scouts were presented the Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. Brittany Jaros from Boulder, Holy Family High School, developed a program to educate middle school students about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention. Emily Mohlis from Elizabeth, Elizabeth High School and a current freshman at University of Colorado in Greeley, organized the music, school-owned instruments, and accessories scattered throughout the band room and director’s office at her school. Both described their projects and how earning the Gold Award has impacted their lives.

Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 who earn the Gold Award demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. Several Bronze Award honorees (the highest award a girl in grades 4-5 can earn) and Silver Award honorees (the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn) also were presented their awards.

Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO and President Stephanie Foote said the girls’ spirit and motivation inspires us all to think of the needs of others and take action to make the world a better place.

“You are strong role models for our community and our world,” she said.

Jessica Hild served as the celebration’s emcee. She earned her Gold Award in February 2015 for a project to renovate the chapel at Camp Alexander, a Boy Scout camp in Colorado. In addition to inspiring girls in the audience with her Gold Award story and how it continues to have a positive impact on her life, she also challenged girls to not let this be the end of their work to make a difference in their communities and around the world.

“Will you also be sustainable? Will you continue to reach for leadership and influence? Will you continue on to be the brains behind another project?” she asked.

This year Girl Scouts across the country are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts’ highest award. The focus of a Gold Award project is identifying and researching a community issue she is passionate about, developing a plan to address it in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will continue to honor this year’s Highest Awards recipients at ceremonies around the state. These events include:

  • April 22nd at 6 p.m. at Center for American Values, 101 S. Main St. #100, Pueblo
  • April 24th at 2 p.m. Mountain View Methodist, 355 Ponca Pl., Boulder
  • April 24th at 2 p.m. Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction
  • May 1st at 2 p.m. at the Denver Marriott Tech Center, 4900 S. Syracuse St., Denver
  • May 6 at 6 p.m. at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion 1661 Mesa Ave., Colorado Springs

 

 

Troop 2797 Silver Award Project at Edwards Foundation for Rescued Animals

Written by Kayla

Parker

Denver Metro

For our Girl Scout Silver Award, we helped complete a variety of projects at the Edwards Foundation, a local farm for animals with disabilities. We raised about $241 for our Silver Award, which we used to buy pea gravel and name plates for the horses.  There was approximately $200 in supplies and food donated by the Girl Scout families. We had about 40 hours of prep for each girl, then 75 hours total of work on the farm for all of the girls on August 22 and 23, 2015.  Adult volunteers dedicated about 70 hours of work as well.  Some of our main projects were fixing a goat pen, painting the inside and outside of the chicken coop, putting in gravel, repairing feeding troughs, making memory wall, and building Mason Bee Habitats.

Pancake’s Pen
Pancake is one of the many goats at the Edward’s Foundation. Due to itchy horns, however, she had greatly damaged her pen from ramming into it a multitude of times. Before we started, many of the metal bars that held the pen together were broken and tied together with string. The actual pen itself was bulging out and tied to the frame with more string and an old gate for reinforcement.

The End Result: To fix the frame of the pen, we cut the bars and used a metal attachment piece to reconnect them. We also put a vertical metal bar down the middle as well as several t-posts to keep the pen from pushing out when Pancake hit it. We used metal ties at the top and bottom of the pen to replace the string.

Chicken Coop
The chicken coop was very plain when we first viewed it, so we decided to jazz it up and add some color. Cleaning out and then painting the chicken coop was not an easy task. Before getting started, we had to chase all of the chickens outside. We power washed the inside of the coop. After letting it dry, we painted the coop and nesting boxes blue and white. We also painted some of the structures in the outside chicken coop white.

Gravel
We spent about $60 on gravel, which was then delivered to the farm in a truck. We dumped the gravel in a pile then transported it around using buckets and wheelbarrows. Some of the gravel was put as a base in the outside chicken coop. The rest was put along the sides of the barn where the ground had started to wear away.

Feeding Troughs
When we arrived at the Edwards Foundation, there were two big feeding troughs that held hay for the horses, goats, and other animals.  The bottom boards on both of the troughs were greatly sagging from old age and weather damage.  To fix them, we removed the boards and put in multiple two by fours with slits in between them to let water and extra hay fall through.  We cut the two by fours to the right length using a circular saw then drilled them onto the feeding troughs.

Memory Wall
In dedication to the animals that have passed away at the Edwards Foundation, we created a memory wall.  We started by cleaning and redoing some of the metal plates that held the animal information, then attached these to wooden plaques.  We painted a wall in the barn white with blue letters at the top and hung the plaques there.  We put our hand prints along a post by the wall when we were done.

Mason Bee Habitats
The last of our projects was to build habitats for Mason Bees.  To do this, we got large blocks of wood, then drilled holes in them.  Each of the holes had to be a certain depth and distance apart from the other holes.  Once we finished drilling, we sanded the wood and painted in bright, welcoming colors.

Reflection
Working at the Edwards Foundation was an amazing experience.  We would like to thank the foundation for letting us work on their farm and use some of their supplies, as well as all of the parents who donated snacks, tools, and their time towards this project.  We couldn’t have done it without them!  Knowing that all of our hard work paid off and we made a lasting impact on the animals at the Edwards Foundation is an incredible feeling.  We hope that we’ll be able to volunteer and help again.

For before and after pictures, please view the Prezi created by Kayla, at this site: https://prezi.com/g-gux8wlmkwn/silver-award-troop-2797/
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This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

 

 

Silver Award project: Warrior clean-up

Submitted by Jessica Jager

Erie

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

The link below shows how three 8th grade Cadettes got a whole cross country high school team and other volunteers to help clean up the local high school and the memory garden and plant some flowers.

Congratulations, Perrin, Eden, and Rachel for working hard on your Silver Award project!

Jessica Jager – Cadette Leader
Ruthie Ahlers – Co-Leader

Learn more about our project here:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NnBG8sRsuVVtr9V-3waeEzV1aISQVkmC_aYNREAH5HI/pub?start=true&loop=false&delayms=5000

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients June 2015!

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!

Silver Award Recipients June 2015

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Katherine  Chartier

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Aurora  Miller

Brooke  Eshbach

Rilea  Eddins

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Jessica  Bennett

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Arianna  Wells

Troop84074 -Eckley

Heather  Vance

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Katlyn  Chapman

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Alexa  Rath

Autumn  Bunch

Kathryn  Worrell

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Labrea  Matteson

 

 

 

Troop 70487 of Berthoud earns Silver Award

Submitted by Kathryn Worrell

Berthoud

Northern and Northeastern Colorado

8th grade Cadettes in Troop 70487 from Berthoud wanted to promote reading and recycling for younger people. We decided to to make a Little Library, which is a “Take a  Book, Leave a Book” idea for our Silver Award. Since we were going to put it on a street corner, we had to do a site plan and map it out all according to scale. When we had finished that, we had to take that plan to the city planners to get the plan approved and they did! Then, we were all cleared to start building the Little Library. The troop found a local carpenter to build it for us and he used all recycled wood and handles. We had to take off the doors to be able to paint the Little Library, then we primed all the parts, then painted it with exterior paint. Next, we shingled the turrets and roof with recycled shingles. The Little Library is painted it to look like Hogwarts, from Harry Potter, with the Tardis, from Doctor Who, in front of it. As we were digging the post hole, people were walking by and asking questions about what it was and how it worked. Our troop knows this was a great success because only after a couple of days, it was already being used. Once we had built it, we registered the Little Library on LittleFreeLibrary.org so check us out on the world map! Autumn, Alexa, and Kathryn had a great time working on this project and we thought it was a lot of fun!!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments too.

 

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients May 2015!

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!

Silver Award Recipients May 2015

Troop42393 -Colorado Springs

Kimberly  Jones

Troop52276 -Thornton

Josephine  Page

TROOP62851 -Parker

Chloee  Atchison-Reynolds

Meaghan  Morris

TROOP50659 -Breckenridge

Geneva  Ascher

Kalina  Macias

Troop52135 -Denver

Faith  Carbajal

Troop52135 -Henderson

Samantha  Smith

Troop13634 -Meeker

Cori  Mohr

Mariah  Hood

Tacy  Crawford

 

BRONZE, SILVER AND GOLD CELEBRATED AT COLORADO SPRINGS HIGHEST AWARDS CEREMONY

 

*Click here to see more photos from the Highest Awards celebration in Colorado Springs.

More than two hundred Girl Scout families and friends gathered in Colorado Springs on May 15, 2015 to honor Girl Scouts who earned one of Girl Scouts Highest Awards, the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

14 girls were presented with the Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout in grades 9-12 can earn. Girls who have earned this award demonstrate extraordinary leadership through a project that makes a difference in their community. Several Bronze Award honorees (the highest award a girl in grades 4-5 can earn) and Silver Award honorees (the highest award a girl in 6th – 8th grade can earn) also were presented with their awards.

Girl Scouts of Colorado President and CEO Stephanie Foote said the girls’ spirit and motivation inspires us all to think of the needs of others and take action to make the world a better place.

“You are strong role models for our community and our world,” she said.

Foote also presented the Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship to Kelsey Quick. Kelsey, from Salida, Colo., is the first-ever recipient of this scholarship, which was started in 2015. The Johanna Farrar Girl Scout Memorial Scholarship fund provides annual $500 cash prizes to any and all Gold Award recipients from Chaffee County, Colo. To earn her Gold Award, Kelsey created a website and other materials to help children who have been cyberbullied. She is also the first Girl Scout from Salida to earn the Gold Award since at least 2000. You can read more about her project here.

Other Gold Award honorees also described their projects and how working toward Gold impacted their lives.

Alexandria Bellas from Colorado Springs, Pine Creek High School, organized a science event for girls in grades 6-8 that brought together exhibitors from across Colorado.

Kit Bernal from Falcon, Falcon High School, created supplementary art education and a curriculum for a local homeschool association.

Kayla Bernstein from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, planted a garden for all the residents of the Medallion Retirement Community.

Jonnae Byas from Colorado Springs, William J. Palmer High School, refurbished the garden at the Medallion Retirement Community.

Rebecca Clark from Colorado Springs, Rampart Range High School, organized a clinic to teach the basics of color guard to middle school students.

Mackenzie Crawley from Colorado Springs, Doherty High School, leveraged her love of learning and reading, and her experience volunteering at her local library to bring a sustainable tutoring service and a mini lending library to her church.

Madison Daniel from Highlands Ranch, ThunderRidge High School, captured and preserved the stories of what’s become known as the “Greatest Generation.”

Madison Haneke from Castle Rock, Castle View High School, made more than 100 blankets for babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at three local hospitals.

Jessica Hild from Colorado Springs rebuilt benches at Camp Alexander. She also organized volunteers to help build five new benches.

Mikayla Jewell from Colorado Springs, Vista Ridge High School, helped make a softball field safer not only for her team, but other athletes as well. She also taught younger athletes how to stay safe on the field.

Madison Keith from Highlands Ranch, ThunderRidge High School, created a sustainable food pantry for pets.

Lyndsay Ruane from Colorado Springs, Liberty High School, wanted members of her community to be better prepared when disasters strike, so she organized an emergency preparedness fair.

Lesleigh Stabo from Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch High School, created a program to help students transferring to a new high school feel more comfortable and get information they need.

We are immensely proud of these inspiring young leaders in our community.

 

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients March 2015!

  

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.

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

Northern & Northeastern Colorado (Loveland), April 24th. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 20th.

Northern Colorado (Boulder), April 26th. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bridging Celebration, RSVP before April 20th.

Denver Metro (Arvada), April 28. Silver and Gold Recognition (Bronze encouraged to attend), RSVP before April 15th.

Western Slope (Grand Junction), May 1st. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 24th.

Pikes Peak (Colorado Springs), May 15th. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before May 5th.

Silver Award Recipients March 2015

Troop10659 -Breckenridge

Silver

Geneva Ascher

Kalina Macias

Lillian Tobias

Littlepage Green

Nicole Choma

Savannah Halvorson

Troop40923 -Colorado Springs

Silver

Cydnee Hild

Troop43580 -Colorado Springs

Silver

Alissa Taylor

Troop43841 -Colorado Springs

Silver

Allison Nelson

Isabella Reilly

Troop50020 -Westminster

Silver

Caitlyn Horst

Haley Rountree

Troop51427 -Lakewood

Silver

Taylor Sich

Troop52869 -Arvada

Silver

Brianna Wolle

Kathy Linz

Keaton Maring

Skylar Koch

Troop60370 -Larkspur

Silver

Aimee Lee

Emily Hammen

Georgia Strimenos

London New

Olivia Oxley

Troop62159 -Centennial

Silver

Alexa Wade

Annastasia Keepper

Marie Keepper

Sabrina Rugg

Troop73019 -Fort Collins

Silver

Alanna Jones

Troop79747 -Fort Collins

Silver

Jaden Scott

 

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients January 2015!

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.

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

  • Northern Colorado (Boulder), April 26th. Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bridging Celebration, RSVP before April 20th.
  • Denver Metro (Arvada), April 28. Silver and Gold Recognition (Bronze encouraged to attend), RSVP before April 15th.
  • Western Slope (Grand Junction), May 1st. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before April 24th.
  • Pikes Peak (Colorado Springs), May 15th. Bronze, Silver and Gold Recognition, RSVP before May 5th.
  • Fort Collins, TBD.

Silver Award Recipients January 2015

Troop40920 – Colorado Springs
Claire Murphy
Troop50256 – Littleton
Abigail Orton
Troop60470 – Aurora
Nicole Reiser
Tatum Campbell
Troop63068 – Aurora
Elizabeth Stacks
Juliana Davis
Karina Tatarka
Madalyne Heiken
Toptim Duffy
Vanessa Maldonado
Troop70552 – Frederick
Aileen Arroyo
Kaylee Congdon

Congratulations to the Silver Award Recipients December 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 December 2014

Troop41105 – Colorado Springs
Nichole Carano
Troop42393 – Colorado Springs
Emily Clark
Troop43360 – Fountain
Breanna Maxcy
Jordan Hensley
Natalie Unger
Troop62967 – Highlands Ranch
Cassidy Christian