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Gold Award Girl Scouts

2019 Girl Scout Gold, Silver and Graduating Senior Ceremony

Honoring young women who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, Silver Award and Graduating Seniors

Saturday, June 8 | Clinton Presidential Center | Little Rock | 1-4 pm

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2019 Gold Award Girl Scouts

Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. Contact us via email for more information.

 

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Adley Barham
Maumelle | Troop 6323
Troop Leader: Michelle Elliott
Project Advisor: Amanda Laboy
Parents/Guardians:
Jason and Amber Barrett
Years in Girl Scouts:
11 years
Hobbies/Special Interests: Soccer, track, cross country, youth group and family time

Description of Gold Award Project: For my Gold Award project, I did an end-of-the year beach bash for special needs students to allow them a celebration without loud music, overcrowded space and overwhelming activities. Most schools have end-of-the year celebrations and often students are left out because their needs are not accommodated. I wanted to give them a celebration that was all about them and accommodating to their various needs.

What affect did the Gold Award process and project have on you personally?

The Gold Award process really made me appreciate the effort that goes into planning large projects. I also enjoyed discovering my own ability to share joy with other students through a project they appreciated.

Future Plans: I plan to continue my work with students of the special needs community as I work toward a degree and play college soccer.  I hope to incorporate my love for sports in working with special needs students.

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Madison Brown
Texarkana, Texas | Troop 2391
Troop Leader: Carolyn DeBie
Project Advisor:
Mary Wormington
Parents/Guardians:
Ernest and Karen Brown
Years in Girl Scouts:
13 years
Hobbies/Special Interests:
Dance, reading, writing, spending time with family and friends

Description of Gold Award Project: For my project I teamed up with the Habitat for Humanity Texarkana (HFHT) board to revamp their recruitment process and spread the word about their mission. My project targeted residents in Texarkana who were not homeowners and could be potential applicants for the HFHT Homeowner Selection committee. This past year, I created the organization's first recruitment materials that were solely focused on potential applicants since this was the primary need of HFHT. These materials included an updated informational brochure, PowerPoint presentation and website just for potential applicants to use. I also made presentations throughout my community where I used all these materials to spread awareness about HFHT's mission and to bring in as many potential applicants as possible.

What affect did the Gold Award process and project have on you personally?

Through the Gold Award process, I realized how blessed I am to live in a home my family owns. I learned to not take such things for granted and that no matter how young you may be, anyone can make a difference in their community if they have goals and a plan.

Future Plans: My future plans are to attend the University of Texas at Austin and major in corporate communications. I hope to then attend law school to pursue a career as an attorney.

Tori Burton

Tori Burton
Conway | Troop 6711
Troop Leader: Teresa Burton
Project Advisor:
Tim Burbank
Parents/Guardians:
Robby and Teresa Burton
Years in Girl Scouts:
11 years
Hobbies/Special Interests: Photography, drawing and painting

Description of Gold Award Project: For my project I created a garden at a local preschool and had an activity for children and their parents to come and learn about the importance of healthy habits and living a healthy lifestyle.

What affect did the Gold Award process and project have on you personally?

Throughout the Gold Award process, I realized the importance of dedication and persistence. I also realized how necessary it is to step out of your comfort zone.

Future Plans: I plan to continue my education at the University of Central Arkansas to become a labor and delivery nurse.

Breanna DeLeeuw

Breanna De Leeuw
Springdale | Troop 5030
Troop Leaders: Elizabeth Adams and Trish Ross
Project Advisor:
Angie Hardcastle
Parents/Guardians:
Keith and Erin De Leeuw
Years in Girl Scouts:
13 years
Hobbies/Special Interests:
Journalism, volunteerism, Student Government Association and podcasts

Description of Gold Award Project: Having lived in Fayetteville for over a decade, I've noticed a need for school supplies and STEM-based activities in a low-income areas. Through this project, I was able to work with my church's reach center to design a program for at-risk kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Through this initiative, eligible students can take household items and basic arts supplies and design STEM projects and experiments to take home with them each week. My goal was to teach them that science doesn't need to have restrictions; some of the greatest discoveries and personal achievements can be achieved with basic supplies and the drive to create and learn.

What affect did the Gold Award process and project have on you personally?

Through the Gold Award process, I've cultivated connections in my community and developed leadership skills that will serve me well in college and throughout the rest of my life. This project has given me a platform during my first year on campus to educate other students on the importance of not just STEM-based enrichment, but of building relationships and pouring into others' lives as well.

Future Plans:

I am due to graduate from the University of Arkansas in 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and journalism. I also plan to attend law school to obtain a juris doctor degree.

Caroline Elliott

Caroline Elliott
Maumelle | Troop 6616
Troop Leader: Lisa Haley
Project Advisor: Ashley Washam
Parents/Guardians:
Dean and Michelle Elliott
Years in Girl Scouts:
9 years
Hobbies: Special Interests:
Concerts, volunteering and philanthropy

Description of Gold Award Project:

I created a closet consisting of clothing, coats and shoes of all sizes at the middle school in my community for students who did not have the proper clothing to wear to school. In order to collect the clothes, I held two clothing drives. I partnered with different clubs at the local high school to hold the drives and spoke to different organizations in the community to ask for donations.

What affect did the Gold Award process and project have on you personally?

The Gold Award process positively impacted my leadership and communication skills. Additionally, I learned how to manage my time and worked toward making the world a better place.

Future Plans:

I attend Belmont University in Nashville, TN and am majoring in communication studies and politics and public law in the Honors Program. I plan on continuing to law school and staying in the city to pursue a job related to political communications.

Amanda Gericke

Amanda Gericke
Conway | Troop 6711
Troop Leaders: Cammi Gericke and Teresa Burton
Project Advisor:
Marie Betancourt
Parents/Guardians:
David and Cammi Gericke
Years in Girl Scouts:
12 years
Hobbies/Special Interests:
Tennis, crafting, volunteering and road tirps

Description of Gold Award Project: My project was to help our local spay and neuter clinic educate our community about the importance of spaying and neutering pets and vaccinating pets to avoid preventable, communicable diseases.  To do this, I hosted booths at several community events. I also created large posters for the spay and neuter clinic and the vaccine clinic. Lastly, we collected dog and cat food and treats to help stock the food pantry at the clinic. I also made sure to inform the community that the food pantry was available both for those in need as well as for those who want to help support them.

What affect did the Gold Award process and project have on you personally?

I enjoyed being able to help the animals in my community and really developed a great appreciation for the services that my community is fortunate enough to have.  Not every community has low-cost options available, and I am proud to have been able to help the clinics spread awareness.  I look forward to seeing this project sustained and the work evolve as time goes on.

Future Plans: I am currently earning an associate of science degree from the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton. Then, I plan to transfer to the University of Central Arkansas to earn a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing. 

Abigail Harrison

Abigail Harrison
Wake Village | Troop 2391
Troop Leader: Carolyn DeBie
Project Advisor:
Amber Hall
Parents/Guardians:
Jeffrey and Elisha Harrison, Whitney Harrison and Nathan Stokes
Years in Girl Scouts: 7 years
Hobbies: Special Interests:
Theatre, band and winter colorguard

Description of Gold Award Project: For my Gold Award project, I created a sensory wall and table for sensory challenged children at Temple Memorial pediatric facility in my community. This will help these children learn to be more comfortable with the things they see, feel and hear in their everyday life. Therapists will be able to work with the children using these materials.

What affect did the Gold Award process and project have on you personally?

The Gold Award process had a positive and empowering impact on my life. It helped me to believe I could create positive change in my communities.

Future Plans:

I plan to attend college at Southern Arkansas University. 

Raven Ivory

Raven Ivory
Texarkana, Texas | Troop 2125
Troop Leader: Lori Wood
Project Advisor:
Tisha Westerman
Parents/Guardians:
Derrick and Bridget Ivory
Years in Girl Scouts:
10 years
Hobbies/Special Interests:
Dance, cheer, traveling, and spending time with friends

Description of Gold Award Project: For my Gold Award project, I created a closet that will help students at Theron Jones Early Literacy Center who come from low socioeconomic backgrounds with clothing necessities. The Little Leaders Love Closet also gives out “Leader Bags” that include essential toiletries.

What affect did the Gold Award process and project have on you personally?

The Gold Award process has taught me about my community and how they all come together in times of need. This process has also caused me to want to continue reaching out to my community and making a difference in their lives.

Future Plans: I plan to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in biology with in a minor in chemistry. After that, I plan to attend physician assistant school to become a surgical physician assistant.

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Maddie Johnson
Cabot | Troop 6242
Troop Leader: Amelia Hammaker
Project Advisor:
Caroline Gairhan
Parents/Guardians:
Chris and Charlotte Johnson
Years in Girl Scouts:
11 years
Hobbies/Special Interests:
Piano, Science National Honor Society, AP Academy and Key Club

Description of Gold Award Project: For my Gold Award project, I worked with local elementary and middle school students and a local nursing home to implement An Art Display to Make the Day — an art display that centered around a theme or quote of the month.  I also led monthly craft activities and piano performances for the nursing home residents.  Finally, I created a website to spread the premise of my project to my community in hopes of inspiring other young students to perform community service about which they are truly passionate.

What affect did the Gold Award process and project have on you personally?

In pursuing the Girl Scout Gold Award, I realized the true measure of service.  Through this endeavor, I built true camaraderie with many residents and teachers who helped lead students in the creation of artwork, and I learned the value and importance of bridging the community gap between youth and senior citizens. Additionally, stepping out of my comfort zone to work with my school district and a local senior citizen care facility has boosted my confidence and inspired me to take a more active role in my school and community. 

Future Plans:

I plan to major in biochemistry and pursue a career in research while advocating for a solution to the nation's pressing opioid epidemic; I became passionate about this issue after serving on Senator Boozman's Congressional Youth Cabinet with classmates and researching the issue's effects within my community.

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Adrianna Perlsen
Cabot | Troop 6242
Troop Leader: Amelia Hammaker
Project Advisor:
Amelia Hammaker
Parents/Guardians: Bruce and Charla Perlsen
Years in Girl Scouts:
10 years
Hobbies/Special Interests:
Cross Country

Description of Gold Award Project: I created a free 5K race to help raise awareness about Celiac Disease. Overall, there were 200 volunteers and participants, 20 sponsors and five vendors.

What affect did the Gold Award process and project have on you personally?

Hosting this race for my community really gave me an opportunity to hone my time, project and money management skills.

Future Plans: I plan to attend college at University of Central Arkansas and become an occupational therapist.

Kim Rand

Kimberly Rand
Benton | Troop 6245
Troop Leader: Toni Slover
Project Advisor:
Edna Morgan and Toni Slover
Parents/Guardians:
Glen and Suzan Rand
Years in Girl Scouts:
12 years
Hobbies/Special Interests: Volunteering and singing

Description of Gold Award Project: I provided food for 50 children in two Jefferson County schools who suffer from food insecurity. Through my project I have given presentations to inform others about food insecurity and ways they can help. My project motivated a local group to take over one of the elementary schools in the fall and continue my project and they plan on adding additional schools in their district.  In the fall, I will continue providing for the other school and hope to add more schools in the future.

What affect did the Gold Award process and project have on you personally?

The Gold Award process taught me how to be a leader and take action to reach goals.

Future Plans: I plan to enjoy my senior year of high school and continue my education through college.

Madison Smith

Madison Smith
Fayetteville | Troop 5156
Troop Leader: Kristina Smith
Project Advisor:
Pete Howard
Parents/Guardians:
Jay and Kristina Smith
Years in Girl Scouts:
13 years
Hobbies/Special Interests:
Music, fine arts and sustainable sciences

Description of Gold Award Project: For my Gold Award project, I adopted an abandoned school club, recruited an adviser, and reestablished it as a fine arts outreach club. Once a sufficient number of members were established, we held officer elections, set our mission statement and began a schedule of events and mini concerts throughout the year designed to introduce students and young people to a variety of fine arts.  The club hosted a special event in our public schools for 6th graders to explore the fine arts options available to them in coming years. We also volunteered at the local preforming arts center for education performances and performed Christmas Carols on the square during the holidays in addition to library and city public concerts.  The club continues to function and many of our established events have been adopted by the Fayetteville High School band and arts departments.

What affect did the Gold Award process and project have on you personally?

Working with the supporting arts venues and many very talented artists gave me amazing perspective on my desire to work in music education

Future Plans:

I plan to attend college at Missouri State University and major in music education.

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Giovana Stanford
Cabot | Troop 6242
Troop Leader: Amelia Hammaker
Project Advisor:
Wilma Foster
Parents/Guardians:
Anna Cimino
Years in Girl Scouts:
11 years
Hobbies/Special Interests:
Band, traveling, studying medicine and volunteering

Description of Gold Award Project: Many families stay at the Ronald McDonald House while their child is being treated at area hospitals. While they're away from home at this difficult time, holidays/birthdays are not their main priority. I visited the Ronald McDonald House monthly to celebrate birthdays in each month. My project was based on celebrating not only the child's birthday, but their sibling's birthdays as well. Each child selected a toy of their choice from the present box. Also, each child that came to the birthday party received a stuffed animal. Doing this, allowed all the children to take something with them. My main goal of my project was to put a smile on the family's faces that are staying at the house.   

What affect did the Gold Award process and project have on you personally?

This project has shown me what impact I could have in the lives of others when I’m driven by determination to complete my goals. I have confidence that I can make a difference and that I have the ability to conquer any obstacle life throws at me.

Future Plans: I hope to become a trauma surgeon.

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