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Girl Scout Unveils Art Installation in Remembrance of Shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch and Dedicated to Mental Health

Girl Scout Ambassador Grace B., who is also a senior at STEM School Highlands Ranch, is working to earn the Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouts, by securing a permanent art installation for Northridge Recreation Center. On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, the installation was unveiled as part of an event dedicated to erasing the stigma surrounding mental health. The keynote speaker was Frank DeAngelis, former principal of Columbine High School.


Grace collaborated with Douglas County artist James Holmes and Highlands Ranch Community Association to create the installation. The Northridge Recreation Center is where Grace and many of her classmates were taken and later reunited with their families following the shooting at her school in May 2019. Special thanks to Fox31/KDVR-TV, CBS4/KCNC-TV, Denver7/KMGH-TV, and Highlands Ranch Herald for sharing Grace’s inspiring story.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable— earned only by a high school Girl Scout who works to address an issue she’s passionate about in a way that produces meaningful and lasting change. Whether it’s on a local, national, or global level, Gold Award Girl Scouts provide innovative solutions to significant challenges. A Gold Award project involves seven steps: 1. Identify an issue, 2. Investigate it thoroughly, 3. Get help and build a team, 4. Create a plan, 5. Present the plan and gather feedback, 6. Take action, 7. Educate and inspire. 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.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO and Board Member are recipients of the 2021 Titan 100



Girl Scouts of Colorado Chief Executive Officer Leanna Clark and Member of the Girl Scouts of Colorado Board of Directors Shannon Sisler, senior vice president and chief people officer at Crocs, have been recognized as 2021 Titan 100s by Titan CEO and headline sponsor Wipfli LLP. The Titan 100 program recognizes Colorado’s Top 100 CEOs and C-level executives. They are the area’s most accomplished business leaders in their industry. They are selected using criteria that includes demonstrating exceptional leadership, vision, and passion. Collectively the 2021 Titan 100 and their companies employ more than 127,000 individuals and generate more than $15.9 billion in annual revenues.

Making a difference in her community, being an advocate for girls and women, and championing female ambition have long been traits Leanna Clark values. Since she took the reins at Girl Scouts of Colorado almost a year ago, the organization has continued to provide unique, innovative, and safe programming in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, including giving Girl Scouts statewide the opportunity to meet strong, female role models and explore different careers. Leanna has been named a Woman of Distinction by GSCO and one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She also was inducted into the Denver Business Journal’s 40-Under-40 Hall of Fame. Serving on many boards of directors over the years, she is currently board chair for the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

Shannon Sisler joined Broomfield-based Crocs in 2017 as the senior vice president and chief people officer. A business-minded, progressive leader, Shannon oversees human resources globally for the iconic footwear brand, which includes talent acquisition/development, employee relations, total rewards, and corporate facilities. Prior to joining Crocs, she held HR leadership roles with Davita and Janus Capital and most recently served as senior vice president of talent management at Western Union, where she was responsible for talent acquisition, leadership/professional development, talent management, and workforce strategy. A recipient of the Denver Business Journal’s 2020 C-Suite Award, she received her bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado and her Master of Business Administration from University of Denver. Shannon has served on GSCO’s board of directors since 2017 and currently serves as chair of the Board Governance Committee and on the board’s Executive Committee.

“We proudly recognize the Titan 100 for their achievements and contributions to Colorado’s business community and beyond. This past year, these executives were forced to navigate the daunting effects of a worldwide pandemic and their leadership was tested. The Titan100 have proven their ability to adapt, innovate and grow. We congratulate this year’s list of prestigious honorees.” says Jaime Zawmon, president of Titan CEO.

“Congratulations to the Titan 100 winners. On behalf of the partners and associates at Wipfli, we are honored not only to support Titan100 program but to recognize and celebrate these unique leaders and their accomplishments. Your vision, leadership and passion for the work you do inspires us and is critical to building a strong community here in Colorado. Each of you have built something bigger than yourself, and we look forward to seeing what new adventures you take on and successes you achieve,” said Pete Aden, partner and Rocky Mountains market leader at Wipfli.

This year’s honorees will be published in a limited-edition Titan 100 book and profiled exclusively online. They will be honored at an awards ceremony on July 22, 2021 at The Vehicle Vault in Parker. The Vehicle Vault is a unique and beautiful 20,000+-square-foot gallery that houses a collection of rare and exotic automobiles from all over the world. This special cocktail-style awards event will gather 100 Titans of Industry for an evening unlike anything that exists in the Colorado business community. In addition to this event, honorees will be given the opportunity to interact and connect multiple times throughout the year with their fellow Titans.

Girl Scouts of Colorado CEO Inducted into 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame

Girl Scouts of Colorado is proud to announce that Chief Executive Officer Leanna Clark is the 2021 inductee into the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame. Leanna, along with this year’s class of 40 Under 40 award recipients, will be honored during the Denver Business Journal’s virtual awards program on May 4.

In 1998, Leanna was named to the list of 40 Under 40, honoring up-and-coming Denver leaders. Now as an inductee to the 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame, Leanna joins Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, who was the DBJ’s inaugural Hall of Fame inductee in 2020, in this prestigious group of leaders who have accomplished much and still have their greatest contributions ahead of them.

As Leanna took the reins at GSCO in May 2020, the organization was responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and developed a wide variety of virtual programming so girls could continue on their Girl Scout Leadership Experience journey. With Leanna’s leadership and community connections, Girl Scouts of Colorado extended its diversity, equity, and inclusion badge work beyond Girl Scouts to families and community members, and took the lead on a series of roundtable discussions about race. Now in the midst of the Girl Scout Cookie Program, she continues to help girls find new and innovative ways to safely reach their cookie goals and learn essential life skills.

Additionally, making a difference in her community, being an advocate for girls and women, and championing female ambition have long been traits Leanna values. She was named a Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of Colorado in 2009, co-chaired the signature event in 2014, and has remained well-connected to the network of amazing women. She’s also served on the boards of the DPS Foundation, Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Volunteers of America, the Red Cross and many others.

Silver Award Girl Scouts Fight to End “Period Poverty”

Silver Award Girl Scouts Lauren C. and Annaliese A. of Troop 64626 in Aurora are fighting “period poverty” in their community by securing a donation of more than 75,000 sanitary pads. Always delivered the pads to Liberty Middle School in Aurora on Friday, March 5, 2021. The Girl Scouts also provided pad-only dispensers for every girls’ restroom in the school. The girls earned $1,200 to purchase six dispensers, one for each restroom. After purchasing the dispensers, the girls realized they wanted to make an even bigger impact and contacted Always. The company agreed to donate more than 75,000 pads for the dispensers! “We noticed that many students didn’t have access to period products and were too embarrassed to ask the nurse for a pad (which nobody should be embarrassed about, but there has been a generational stigma surrounding menstruation),” wrote Lauren.

Through this project which Lauren and Annaliese completed last year, they earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor for Girl Scouts in middle school. The girls are now students at Grandview High School. To continue to spread the word about the fight to end period poverty, the girls have also partnered with Period Kits. The nonprofit organization in Denver provides period supplies to those experiencing homelessness.

Thank you to CBS4/KCNC-TV in Denver for sharing this story. Watch it here.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: Roots and Wings Room

Submitted by Kit Sidaras

Pikes Peak

Colorado Springs

Girl Scout Cadettes Kaitlin S. and Grace H. are working on their Silver Award project. The project is to create a safe space in the school where students can go to calm down/deescalate when they need to take a break from stress at school. The Roots and Wings Room will be managed by school counselors and administrators have been very supportive of the project, and we hope parents and students will be as well. The girls have been working on it for almost a year.

Reporter Mayo Davison of News5/KOAA-TV heard about the project and did a story about it. Watch it here: https://www.koaa.com/rebound/its-a-place-to-calm-your-nerves-chinook-trail-middle-school-students-create-safe-space-to-improve-mental-health

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: “Black Women Who Made History” Coloring Book

As part of their project to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, Cadettes Maddie A. and Sophie J. from Troop 70179 in Boulder created a coloring book to celebrate the stories of ten Black women! In honor of Black History Month, they’ll be distributing more than 2,000 FREE copies of “Black Women Who Made History” to schools and businesses, and it is also available on their website to download. In addition to the coloring book, their website also features videos of girls from their community reading the stories of the women featured in the coloring book. “We have witnessed people around our community racially profiling and it is not okay. Our friends have taken the time to educate us about their experiences and we hope to educate others. We believe that through education we can make the stories of these women into everyday knowledge and broaden the narrative. The stories of these historic women deserve to be everyday knowledge,” the girls wrote about their project.

The Silver Award is the highest honor for Girl Scouts in middle school. This project started as two girls doing their Silver Award project, but it turned into a community project because we had the support and help from so many like YOAB, Boulder NAACP, BVSD, our friends, our graphic designer Hannah Tuell, Lexmark who printed free copies, and a local Black woman-owned printing company, Creative Solutions.

On Monday, February 8, 2021, the girls were interviewed about their project by Reporter Amy Bounds of the Daily Camera. You can read the article here. The girls were also interviewed by Reporter Ashley Michels for a story on Channel2 Daybreak on Thursday, February 18. You can watch it here.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Silver Award Project: Archery Range in Thornton

Submitted by Brandy Schauppner

Metro Denver


Samantha, Abby, Eden, and Aleaha from Troop 62511 partnered with the City of Thornton to complete construction on an archery range that is ADA accessible and available for everyone to use. They designed and completed construction on 12 target stands and six bow hangers to support the range.

When the girls decided that this was a project they cared about, they reached out to their local city council members, who connected them to the city parks and recreation department. They secured all of the materials needed through a local lumber company (Alpine Lumber) and got to work.

The girls planned their design with the intention of promoting the sport of archery for its mental focus and physical benefits. They also wanted to complete a project that was accessible to everyone. The girl’s designs allowed for easy reach of the equipment and the city worked with the girls to provide grounds to achieve this.

The archery range is free to use and is located at 5990 E 100th Ave, Thornton, CO 80229 at the Spratt Lake Finishing Facility.

The girls are working to plan and lead a day camp next summer. This will be a great facility to allow them to offer experiences with the sport!

A special thank you to Reporter Tori Mason of CBS4/KCNC-TV for her story about the girls’ project. Watch it here!

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She was at the can send in her story here.

Aurora Brownies Give Back During COVID-19 Pandemic

Troop 65343 of Aurora is bringing joy to residents at more than 30 nursing homes and hospice centers this holiday season! These ten Girl Scout Brownies are second graders at Rolling Hills Elementary School. They teamed up with Sun Tree Hospice of Colorado for a project called “Mail for Seniors.” The girls made and collected more than 150 cards to hang on garlands at the centers. Residents can now walk up and read the cards instead of touching them.

One of the girls in the troop talked with AuroraTV about the project. You can watch her interview here: https://www.auroratv.org/video/aurora-now-december-16-2020?jwsource=cl

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Bronze Award Project: The Fire Department Helps Us, so Let’s Help Them

Submitted by Ada M.

Western Colorado


While learning about our community, our troop found out that the local fire department was having a hard time getting the PPE (masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer) they need. My fellow Juniors and I decided helping them find this would be the perfect Bronze Award project during COVID.

First, we got permission and the details on what the fire department needed.

Next, we wrote a video script. We made a video to tell everyone why washing hands is important. It is especially important now, but it is always a good thing to do.

Then, we made posters and wrote an email.

We dropped the collection tote off at the fire department. It is outside, so people can drop items off at any time and remain socially distanced.

Now, with our parents’ help we are sharing the posters and email!

The fire department has already had items dropped off and we hope to see it grow.

Here is the email I wrote! Don’t forget to wash your hands and stay safe.


My Girl Scout troop and I are currently collecting masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer for the Lower Valley Fire Department. Lower Valley Firefighters and EMT use 30 boxes of gloves, 200 masks, and gallons of sanitizer each month. They especially need medium, large, and extra-large non-latex single use gloves, disposable single use masks (paper or something similar), and any type of hand sanitizer. COVID has made it hard to find this stuff. Let’s help them fight fire and mend broken bones by searching for the supplies they need.

Supplies can be dropped off in a tote outside the Lower Valley Fruita Fire Department.

We are looking for more drop-off locations. If you have a business that would let us place a donation tote out from, please call (970) 812-0154 or email anecookies@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Ada, Girl Scout Junior

Girl Scout Troop 17091

The girls were also interviewed about their project by KKCO-TV/NewsChannel 11.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.

Highlands Ranch Girl Scouts Donate Items for Pets in Need

As many as 100 Girl Scouts from troops across Highlands Ranch teamed up to collect items for Humane Society of the South Platte Valley. These items included dog treats, non-clumping cat litter, dry erase markers, and gently used towels/blankets. On Saturday, August 29, 2020, Girl Scouts and their families stopped by Cherry Hills Community Church  to drop off the items they had collected.

Girl Scouts of Colorado’s new Chief Executive Officer Leanna Clark, along with her adopted rescue dog Sabe, was also at the event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Colorado Girl Scouts have not had the opportunity to meet or see Leanna in person. She thanked the Girl Scouts for their hard work on the project and presented them with her special CEO patch. It features Sabe, along with Colorado’s state flower, the columbine. The patch ties to things about Girl Scouts that are important to Leanna: friendships, leadership opportunities, and ways to get outdoors and appreciate the beautiful state we call home!

A special thank you to CBS4/KCNC-TV in Denver for joining GSCO for the event and sharing the story with their viewers.

* This event followed all local COVID-19 guidelines.

We want to hear how your girl is using her Girl Scout skills by taking initiative, caring for the community, and Girl Scouting at home. She can send in her story here.