Top Honor Awarded to Local Girl Scouts
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.
Thirty-one Girl Scouts from across the council’s jurisdiction were awarded the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award in May. 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.
Jasmincreated and successfully introduced Jammin’ Jumpstart into the local San Antonio community. Jammin’ Jumpstart is a program that educates children about the importance of proper nutrition and exercise. The program’s slogan is: Eat healthy. Drink healthy. Be healthy. STAY healthy. Jasmin is in Troop 2706 in the Stinson Service Unit and is a 2010 graduate of Health Careers High School.
As an avid actress,Stephanie wanted to devote her time to a project that is close to her heart and true to her roots. She chose to repaint and beautify the dressing rooms of the longest running live theatre in San Antonio, San Pedro Playhouse. Stephanie is a member of Troop 594 in the Alamo Heights Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of Alamo Heights High School.
With her love of volleyball,Shelbie decided to build a new sand volleyball court in her local community. After countless hours of planning and fundraising, Shelbie was able to transform the once barren site into a quality volleyball court for everyone to enjoy. Shelbie is a member of Troop 851 in the Jordan Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of Earl Warren High School.
Every high school girl fantasizes about the dress they will wear to prom; however, in reality, some girls may never make it to the dress shop to pick out their dress. Emma realized the need for a program that helped girls achieve their dream of the perfect prom night by collecting more than 100 dresses, shoes, and cosmetics. Her program successfully helped fulfill the dreams of several girls and is appropriately named Formally Yours. Emma is a member of Troop 43 in the Jackson/Nimitz Service Unit and is a 2010 graduate of the International School of the Americas.
For her Gold Award project,Kaci wanted to provide local elementary schools with a health fair that was geared towards informing and educating younger children about healthy living. Her health fairs offered an opportunity for children to calculate their BMI (Body Mass Index), blood pressure, perform CPR, learn how to make healthy snacks, and participate in an elaborate obstacle course for exercise. Kaci is a member of Troop 170 in the Rudder Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of Health Careers High School.
Rebecca chose to make a difference in her community by organizing a project that would help St. Timothy Catholic Church on the west side of San Antonio. The project consisted of purchasing school supplies for the children of the church, orchestrating an arts and crafts session for the children, and updating the classroom floors of the church. Rebecca is a member of Troop 779 in the Bush/Lopez Service Unit and is a junior at Ronald Reagan High School.
Yolanda decided to put her creative skills to good use by remodeling and redecorating a kitchen for the younger girls of St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home. She was able to provide the girls with an updated, more stylish kitchen that provided a sense of home and comfort for the girls. Yolanda is a member of Troop 2616 in the Krueger/Ed White Service Unit and is a freshman at San Antonio College.
Hearing about her sister Girl Scouts project, Raquel chose to make a difference of her own by refurbishing the kitchenette in the older girls’ area of St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home. She was able to liven up the area by redecorating the walls, replacing the faucet, curtains, sink, and cabinets. Raquel is a member of Troop 2616 in Krueger/Ed White Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of Christian Heritage High School.
As a passionate Mother Nature enthusiast, Deborah knew she would be designing her Gold Award project around the environment. She created a Wildlife Safety and Awareness Day that focused on educating the public about endangered species, nuisance animals, rabies, recycling, and going green. Deborah is a member of Troop 851 in the Jordan Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of Stevens High School.
Tara’sproject, Succeed and Serve, focused on issues of self-esteem and pride that the youth of today face. Her project provided motivational speakers for the young adults to talk with and also provided an outlet for them to give back to the community. This event was centered on refurbishing the playground of the New Braunfels First Presbyterian Church. Tara is a member of Troop 312 in the New Braunfels Service Unit and is a junior at Canyon High School.
With help from her father who has a background in construction, Elizabeth concentrated her efforts on helping to build new equipment for TEAMability. TEAMability is an organization devoted to improving the lives and mobility of disabled children. Elizabeth used her passion for working with children and her leadership skills to achieve the desired outcome of her project. Elizabeth is a member of Troop 92 in the Alamo Heights Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of Alamo Heights.
Kaitlin built planter boxes and also assembled a 300 square foot pergola, which is essentially an arbor covered with lattice or trelliswork. She designed the pergola to provide shade for the young adults of the Methodist Mission Home while enjoying the outdoors and sitting pool side. Kaitlin is in the Tejeda Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of Keystone High School.
Morgancombined her love of shopping and helping others for her Gold Award project. She decided to collect prom dresses, shoes, and accessories for children under the care of Child Protective Services. Morgan is a member of Troop 89 in the Alamo Heights Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of Alamo Heights High School.
Several of the peopleLauren met with at the masjid (Muslim Mosque) knew little English, so Lauren decided to help bridge the gap between Middle Eastern and American cultures. To execute this successfully, Lauren came up with the idea of writing and illustrating a children’s book, translated in both English and Arabic. Lauren is a member of Troop 4453 in the New Braunfels Service Unit.
Amandarecruited volunteers to help her paint a mural on the walls of the children’s area for the homeless shelter, Haven for Hope. In the mural, Amanda incorporated the Haven for Hope logo filled with colorful children’s handprints. Amanda is a member of Troop 43 in the Jackson/Nimitz Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of the International School of the Americas.
Miranda planned and organized a Springtime Fun event which provided the children of Davidson Respite House (shelter for abused and neglected children) with a chance to get creative by making crafts. She also helped landscape a new building that the respite house recently purchased. Miranda is a member of Troop 739 in the Alamo Heights Service Unit and a junior at Incarnate Word High School.
With so many students being financially unprepared after high school, Ryne thought it would be a great idea to create a financial planning workshop in her school. In this workshop students learned how to budget, how to use credit, checking, saving accounts, and how to prepare for impending college expenses. Ryne is a member of Troop 533 in the Jackson/Nimitz Service Unit and a junior at Antonian College Preparatory High School.
Doesn’t every little girl dream of being a princess? Selena created a program that focused on empowering young girls by helping them discover their inner beauty. Her program addressed fitness, proper nutrition, inner/outer beauty, and goal setting. Selena is a member of Troop 24 in the Whittier/Twain Service Unit and a sophomore at Keystone High School.
Having family in the military,Lauren realized there was a need for a program that focused on sending home-comfort items to soldiers overseas. She then developed Operation: Keep in Touch, which she used to send calling cards to soldiers. Lauren is a member of Troop 1264 in the Bush/Lopez Service Unit and a sophomore at the University of the Incarnate Word.
Ashleigh noticed a lack of diversity and mix of vegetation in her Mesquite dominated city park of Poth. She decided to plant 11 different types of trees and pair each tree with a corresponding plaque that described each one. Ashleigh is a member of Troop 505 in the Floresville/Poth Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of Poth High School.
Knowing diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, Catherine organized a diabetes awareness walk for her Gold Award project. In addition to the walk, she distributed fact sheets and other related literature to participants. Catherine is a member of Troop 851 in the Jordan Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of John Paul Stevens High School.
With her passion for writing and art, Jamie sought out to launch a new magazine for her high school. She used her strong leadership skills to enlist the help of a publisher, recruit staff, and determine advertisement rates. The first issue of the magazine, SEEDS, sold out within four days of initial publication. Jamie is in the Tejeda Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School.
Inspired by Debbie Tenzer’s book,Do One Nice Thing, Daley designed a Web site that compiled a list of more than 30 volunteer opportunities for high school students. Her website served as a valuable resource tool in matching willing volunteers with non-profit organizations. Daley is a member of Troop 92 in the Alamo Heights Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of Alamo Heights High School.
As a pet owner and animal enthusiast, Hannah created a program that addressed the issue of pet overpopulation. Her program, Save the Pets, informed the public of steps that can be taken to decrease the number of homeless animals and also focused on the benefits of adoption. Hannah is a member of Troop 822 in the Driscoll/Harris/Wood Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of James Madison High School.
With a knack for gardening,Haley dedicated her time and effort into landscaping the front of the Abba House of the Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. She spent a large amount of time beautifying the front entrance and securing necessary funds for the project. Haley is a member of Troop 312 in the New Braunfels Service Unit and a junior at Canyon High School.
A Walking Tour of New Braunfels is the name of Elizabeth’s Gold Award project. She decided to take a stroll down the streets of New Braunfels with her video camera in hand. Her goal was to document all of the wonderful things the city has to offer for young citizens and travelers looking for some fun. Elizabeth is a member of Troop 4153 in the New Braunfels Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of Canyon High School.
Sydney’s passion for reading led her to develop her project, Books in the Barrio. Her goal was to collect 500 books to stock the DePaul Family Children’s Center library. After much planning and fundraising, she was able to collect a total of 2,000 books! Sydney is a member of Troop 951 in the Alamo Heights Service Unit and a sophomore at Alamo Heights High School.
Lorah’sGold Award project, Project PJ’s, was designed to benefit the children of St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home. She helped paint murals on the walls and install new curtains, cabinets, countertops and more. Lorah is a member of Troop 2616 in the Krueger/Ed White Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of Antonian College Preparatory High School.
Knowing that the first year of high school can be somewhat intimidating, Abigail wanted to help others become more comfortable with their new setting. To do this, she decided to focus on her interests in showing livestock. She organized a “mini” goat clinic for freshman, which showed them how to be more at ease with their animal in the show ring, how to build self-confidence, and other essential tips. Abigail is a member of the Driscoll/Harris/Wood Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of James Madison High School.
As an extension of the collaborative work of Dove and GSUSA through their uniquely ME! program, Elizabeth fabricated a workshop curriculum, Be You-tiful, that included older teens teaching girls in San Antonio ages 12-18 about self worth and delineating what true beauty entails. Activities in the program were aimed at equipping young women with the necessary tools to combat self-worth issues. Elizabeth is a member of Troop 43 in the Jackson/Nimitz Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of the International School of the Americas.
Accepting Our Differences, Understanding Our Uniqueness, is the name of Shelby’s Gold Award project. She established a series of lesson plans that focused on looking at the differences that make everyone unique and how to be a friend to everyone. Shelby is a member of Troop 74 in the Whittier/Twain/Longfellow Service Unit and a 2010 graduate of Providence High School.