2009 Gold Award Recipients

2009 Gold Award Recipients

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest recognition earned by Girl Scouts ages 14-17. The leadership skills and sense of community and commitment developed by earning the Gold Award sets the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship. 

Twenty-eight Girl Scouts from across the council's jurisdiction were awarded the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award in May 2009. Each recipient successfully completed the seven steps and 120 hours in leadership development, career exploration, and community involvement required to earn the Gold Award.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of the prestigious award and offers each girl the opportunity to plan and implement a meaningful Take Action project that fulfills an on-going need within the community.

Bonniecrafted a 4 x 8 foot raised vegetable garden bed for the residents of an apartment complex on the west side of San Antonio. Her garden will provide fresh vegetables to help residents save money on produce and eat a healthier diet. Bonnie is in Troop 2092 in the Alamo Heights Service Unit and will be a senior at Alamo Heights High School in the fall.

Understanding that children residing at the Ronald McDonald House are often too sick to take hikes or play outdoors, Nora wanted to provide a constructive outlet for their tension and connect them with a peaceful part of nature. She built at 16 x 16 foot raised herb and vegetable garden in hopes that being outdoors would help the children heal faster. Nora is in Troop 1111 in the Jackson/Nimitz Service Unit and will be a junior at Antonian College Preparatory High School in the fall.

Jensen designed and printed a pet adoption pamphlet and made pet toys for the Nine Lives Book Store to help new pet owners become more familiar with the new member of the family. Jensen was an individually-registered Girl Scout in the Lackland Service Unit before her recent move to New Jersey. 

 

 

Juliebuilt a 30 x 15 foot butterfly garden at St. George Episcopal School. Her garden did not only beautify an area that had previously been an eyesore, but the garden will also serve an educational purpose and inform students about the butterfly life cycle. Julie is in Troop 1111 in the Jackson/Nimitz Service Unit and will be a junior at Antonian College Preparatory High School in the fall.

 

 

Knowing from personal experience how trying it is to have a parent deployed to a combat zone, Amanda created the Web site and forum, militaryteenchat.com. The Web site serves as a support group for teens in similar situations, so that they have someone to talk to and who understands their needs. Amanda is in Troop 1255 in the Connally Service Unit and is a 2009 graduate of Communications Arts High School. She plans to attend Cottey College in the fall.

 

 

To give children "A Brighter Future," Rebekah led a book drive and redesigned the children’s room at Madison Square Presbyterian Church. Her efforts provided a fun atmosphere for worship and allowed children to expand their imaginations with a variety of books. Rebekah is in Troop 593 in the Driscoll/Harris/Wood Service Unit and is a 2009 graduate of Madison High School. She plans to attend Schreiner University in the fall.

With a passion for animals and a desire to see San Antonio as a no-kill city, Tyrella hosted a Spaying and Neutering Awareness Day and created and informational brochure for the community. Tyrella is in Troop 1111 in the Jackson/Nimitz Service Unit and will be a sophomore at the School of Excellence in the fall.

 

 

Samantha recognized that many of the new moms giving birth at Baptist Hospital do not have the means to purchase new blankets for their infants, so she made baby blankets for the Pregnancy Incentive Program at Baptist Hospital. Samantha is an individually-registered Girl Scout in Hobby Service Unit and is a 2009 graduate of Health Careers High School. She plans to attend Texas A&M University in the fall.

Knowing it’s easy to get bored in the hospital, Sarah put to use her love of art and painted 40 ceiling tiles for the patient’s rooms at Methodist Children’s Hospital. She also assembled goody bags full of candy and small activities for the hospital’s Halloween Party. Sarah is in Troop 1263 in the Bush/Lopez Service Unit and is a 2009 graduate of Ronald Reagan High School. Sarah will be attending Florida State University in the fall.

Tessacollected more than 100 teen-rated movies and established the Teen Patient Entertainment Project at Methodist Children’s Hospital. Tessa also collected laptops for teen patients to use as they stay up to date on school work and in touch with friends while confined to their hospital rooms. Tessa is in Troop 1263 in the Bush/Lopez Service Unit and is a 2009 graduate of Ronald Reagan High School. Tessa plans to attend Southern Methodist University in the fall.

 

 

Understanding that books enrich people’s lives with imagination and hope, Michal read and recorded 50 books onto CDs for the children at the Ronald McDonald House. Michal is in Troop 1111 in the Jackson/Nimitz Service Unit and will be a junior at Incarnate Word High School in the fall.

 

 

Alirenovated the youth room at the Boerne First United Methodist Church. She designed a wall mural with silhouettes of people that creatively tied into the new mission of the church’s youth ministry. Ali is in Troop 6 in Kendall County Service Unit and will be a junior at Samuel V. Champion High School in the fall.

 

 

 renovated the youth room at the Boerne First United Methodist Church. She refurnished the room with couches and rugs to create a fun and safe place for teens to hang out. Christen is in Troop 6 and will be a junior at Samuel V. Champion High School in the fall.

 

 

Courtney collected more than 900 books and furnished a library at the Ronald McDonald House to give the children and their families a cozy atmosphere to read and relax. Courtney is in Troop 1111 in the Jackson/Nimitz Service Unit and will be a junior at Incarnate Word High School in the fall.

 

 

Caring deeply about the initiatives of the Animal Defense League, Robin saw a need to educate children on being more responsible pet owners. She created two publications and hosted activities at the ADL during Spring Break. Robin is in Troop 90 in the Alamo Heights Service Unit and will be a junior at St. Mary’s Hall in the fall.

 

 

Vanessa organized the Children Around the World event for students at Indian Creek Elementary. The event taught children about other countries through cultural crafts, stories and food from Australia, France and Japan. Vanessa is in Troop 142 in Atascosa County Service Unit and is a 2009 graduate of Southwest High School. Vanessa will be attending Northwest Vista College in the fall.

 

 

Wanting to fight illiteracy,Arleya created the unique Reading Café for children at the East Side Boys and Girls Club. She also hosted a book giveaway, hoping to instill a love for reading in young children. Arleya is in Troop 375 in the Martin Luther King Service Unit and will be a senior at Business Careers High School in the fall.

 

 

With aspirations to be an infectious disease researcher, JaNise educated the community about the importance of vaccinations. She shared her message, Vaccinate Now!, at her school, church youth group, and with the local NAACP chapter. JaNise is in Troop 375 in the Martin Luther King Service Unit and is a 2009 graduate of Rick Hawkins High School. She will be attending the University of Houston in the fall.

Kaliahorganized a four-day workshop, Understanding You, for young ladies age 12-15. The workshop focused on self-assurance, hygiene and appearance. Kaliah is in Troop 375 in the Martin Luther King Service Unit and is a 2009 graduate of Judson High School. Kaliah plans to attend Wiley College in the fall.

 

 

In memory of her special-needs brother, Zoe landscaped the neglected yard at Davidson House for Respite Care of San Antonio. Zoe is in Troop 594 in Alamo Heights Service Unit and will be a senior at Alamo Heights High School in the fall.

 

 

Jennifer organized a three-day orientation camp for the new Orchestra students at Lee High School. Jennifer is in Troop 1118 in Rudder Service Unit and is a 2009 graduate of Lee High School. Jennifer is planning to attend Northwestern University in the fall.

 

 

Paige,who suffers from diabetes, hosted a Diabetes Awareness Walk. She produced a short film and shared her story with more than 500 children. Paige is in Troop 2092 in Alamo Heights Service Unit and will be a senior at Alamo Heights High School in the fall.

 

 

A former patient at Methodist Children’s Hospital, Audrey saw a need for boredom-busting items and assembled 100 gift bags full of stuffed animals, hand-held games and coloring books for the young patients at the hospital. Audrey is in Troop 1263 in the Bush/Lopez Service Unit and is a 2009 graduate of Ronald Reagan High School. Audrey plans to attend Texas Tech University in the fall.

 

 

Nikkicreated the “Recycling Bug” project, developed to educate people of the need to recycle and save our environment and landfills. Hundreds of pounds of recyclables were collected at the LBJ Marina and disposed of properly. Nikki is in Troop 951 in the Alamo Heights Service Unit and will be a senior at Alamo Heights High School in the fall.

 

 

With a desire to give hope to the homeless, Molly redesigned the entrance to the Public Safety Triage and Detoxification Center at Haven for Hope to inspire patients as they take their first step toward a substance-free life. Molly is in Troop 951 in the Alamo Heights Service Unit and will be a junior at San Antonio Christian School in the fall.

 

 

Danielle established the Reading Railroad at Timberwilde Elementary by collecting more than 1,000 books to gift to students at the school. By promoting literacy and encouraging students to read at home, Danielle hopes her program will pave the path to higher education. Danielle is in Troop 416 in Connally Service Unit and is a 2009 graduate of Warren High School. Danielle plans to attend Baylor University in the fall.

 

 

Juliacreated “Common Sense Conversation,” a curriculum focused on educating youth on ways to take care of the Earth. The program teaches children how water, air, land, and the use of natural resources are connected to us, as well as why they are important and how we can protect them. Julia is in Troop 1111 in the Jackson/Nimitz Service Unit and will be a junior at Antonian College Preparatory High School in the fall.

 

 

Sophiashared her passion for dance while organizing a ballet workshop at Victoria Courts Daycare for at-risk girls. The four-week program culminated in a recital for parents which showcased an original dance choreographed by Sophia. Sophia is in Troop 951 in the Alamo Heights Service Unit and will be a junior at Alamo Heights High School in the fall.

Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas is pleased to honor these young women, who have shown what it is to be a girl built of courage, confidence, and character. Gold Award recipients from across Texas were honored in a state-wide ceremony in Austin on June 8, 2009. 

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