Sisters Patricia, 18, and Diana, 16, of Littleton, will both be receiving their Gold Award in a ceremony this spring.
Diana is the Plebe at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
Girl Scouts of Colorado got some exciting news today! One of our Fort Collins Girl Scouts, Angela Natrasevschi, has been honored as a Distinguished Finalist for The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Only six youth in the state have earned this honor, which recognizes outstanding volunteerism across the United States. (Read more about this award and the other honorees.)
Angela’s Girl Scout Gold Award project, which is the highest award in Girl Scouts, helped earn her this honor.
After watching her 17-year-old cousin destroy his life due to his meth addiction, and learning how large of an issue meth addiction is in Colorado, Angela set out to make a change in these statistics for her Gold Award project. Through a multi-faceted project that included presentations and an artwork display, Angela reached 2,000 people in Colorado who “pledged to be meth free.” Angela began her project in the fall of 2011 by attending the New West Fest in Fort Collins, where she had a booth displaying her meth-related artwork and collected 1,000 “pledge to be meth free” signatures. Her booth also included information she collected from her partner in this project, the Colorado Meth Project. Additionally, in the fall, the Denver Civic Arts Theatre Gallery in Denver featured Angela’s artwork. In the future, the Colorado Meth Project plans to use her artwork in schools.
Angela’s accomplishments don’t stop with her Girl Scout Gold Award project.
Angela, as well as her sister Josephine, are two of the 100 Girl Scouts recently honored by Girl Scouts of Colorado as Generation Wow! Girl Scouts in honor of our 100th anniversary this year. They were selected for this honor based on the leadership skills they demonstrate through their work in Girl Scouts, their communities and schools.
Angela is also very excited to be interviewing with Yale University on Thursday afternoon! She is planning to major in Fine Arts in college with a Spanish emphasis, and wants to teach and travel after completing college. Angela’s also recently earned the Comcast Future Leaders scholarship, as well as the local Soroptimist scholarship. Additionally, President Barack Obama honored Angela with the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Girl Scouts of Colorado couldn’t be prouder of this truly remarkable young lady. Angela is an excellent example of where leadership through Girl Scouting can take you. Congratulations, Angela!
Broomfield High School Junior Grace Forrey “battled the effects of relational aggression and media hype” for her Girl Scout Gold Award. She designed, organized, and implemented self-esteem workshops to help girls entering 4th-6th grade realize their worth and recognize what factors have us at their mercy. Grace said, “Boys take it out on the sports field, girls take it out on each other.”
Clear Creek High School Junior Nicole Moes “was distressed with gender differences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields” so she did something to share her love of science for her Gold Award. Two events were held- one for 5th -7th grade girls on the fun side of science and a more career oriented event for high school students.
Are you an organ donor? Niwot High School Senior Katie Rose “set out to educate her peers on the need for organs for transplant” to earn her Gold Award. Katie said, “If tragedy strikes, your organs could go to help someone who would die without a transplant.”
Girl Scouts of Colorado congratulates these girls who recently completed the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award!
In 2008, Colorado domestic violence agency staff and volunteers answered 46,780 crisis intervention calls, a 20% increase from 2007.
According to 2008 Liz Claiborne research study, one in four “tween” say dating violence is a serious problem for their age.
85,000 rapes were reported in Colorado in 2010, yet an estimated 60% of rapes go unreported.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Girl Scouts of Colorado is going to be part of an important project that starts this Saturday, Oct. 29th.
This event will bring together hundreds of girls (6th grade and older) and women throughout the community to create a compelling T-Shirt art exhibit acknowledging the existence and effects of widespread violence against women and girls in our society, along with efforts to break that cycle via education and empowerment of our generation as well as the next.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral, 1350 Washington St., Denver. (A program on domestic violence will be given by the Center on Domestic Violence at the University of Colorado Denver from 10-10:45 a.m.)
The hundreds of completed shirts will be part of a public art display in the South Gaylord Street neighborhood in Wash Park from Nov. 4th-6th. A public unveiling of the display will take place on Nov. 4th from 5-8 p.m. at Brushstrokes Gallery, 1059 South Gaylord Street, Denver.
This isn’t the first time Colorado Girl Scouts have been part of this important conversation in our community. View the public service announcement one of our Colorado Springs Girl Scouts (also a Generation Wow! Girl Scout), Rebecca Nelson, created on this subject for TESSA to earn her the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, this last spring.
For more information on the Colorado Clothesline event, including how you can participate, visit our website.
Girl Scouts and the Girl Scout Gold Award has helped me get to where I am today.
I was recently fortunate to work on the GRAIL satellite project at Lockheed Martin. GRAIL (Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory) is a two satellite system that will orbit the moon to analyze the internal structure and lunar gravity. They are relatively small compared to other satellites, about the size of a washer and dryer, and launched toward the moon on Sept. 8, 2011. I was a part of the team that assembled the spacecraft, tested each component of the spacecraft as it was added, and tested the fully integrated system. Prior to the launch, I worked in Cape Canaveral, Florida to do final testing and integrate the GRAIL satellites to the rocket. Some days I wrote procedures or code software scripts, other days I worked in a cleanroom bunny suit running a test on the spacecraft. I got to work directly with the hardware to get to know the satellites in and out. On Sept. 8th, I helped the team launch the rocket for its journey to the moon!
In school and growing up, I was always interested in math and science. When it was time to decide what I wanted to do for my Gold Award project (one of Girl Scouts most prestigious awards), I knew that I wanted to do something to share my love of math and science. When I was in high school, I earned my Gold Award for starting a summer science program for elementary aged kids. It was an opportunity for me to have fun and help inspire others with my passion for science. During my project, I led the children through different science topics and experiments. Since I had always been interested in space, we had a “space week” where we explored different space topics.
What helped me the most with earning my Gold Award were the team building experiences that I had through Girl Scouts. I had an opportunity to learn about leadership and eventually take the lead. I also had to go outside of my comfort zone while working on my Gold Award, which helped me push my boundaries. I use these skills at work by asserting myself with a team to make sure that GRAIL was ready to go to the moon. On Sept. 8th, I sat in front of a monitor in the Mission Control Center as the rocket counted down to take GRAIL to the moon.
If you want to learn more about GRAIL, visit these sites:
Congratulations to all the Girl Scouts who were honored this spring at Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Silver & Gold Celebrations! Statewide celebrations events took place on April 25th in Denver and May 26th in Colorado Springs. The Silver and Gold Awards are among the highest awards a Girl Scout can earn, with the Gold Award being the highest and most demanding award a Girl Scout strives toward.
Three hundred four middle school aged girls in Colorado earned their Silver Award this year, while 64 high school girls earned their Gold Award. While independent of each other, these awards require leadership skills, organizational skills, time management, perseverance and a sincere desire to be of service to the community.
The Colorado Springs celebration also honored 25 area Girl Scouts who earned the Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout in 4th or 5th grade can earn.
Read more about these outstanding Girl Scouts and these prestigious awards in the Celebration Program, as well as view photos and videos from the statewide celebrations below.
Event Photos and Video from Colorado Springs Celebration
2011 Silver & Gold Celebration – Colorado Springs, a set on Flickr.
Event Photos and Video from Denver Celebration
2011 Silver & Gold Celebration Denver, a set on Flickr.