17 Local Girl Scouts Earn Highest Honor in Girl Scouting
LAS VEGAS – The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest and most prestigious achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA. This year, 17 local Girl Scouts earned the Gold Award, the largest class in the 86-year history of the Las Vegas Girl Scouts Council. Gold Award Girl Scouts qualify for scholarships, receive advanced admission placement to colleges and universities, and enter the U.S. Armed Forces one rank higher because of her Gold Award designation. The Gold Award acknowledges the power behind each Girl Scout’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also making the world a better place for others.
“Gold Award Girl Scouts embody all that Girl Scouts stands for – living a life of courage, confidence, and character,” said Linda Bridges, Chief of Communications. “This year’s class of Gold Award Girl Scouts tackled subject matters relevant in today’s society: They traveled to rural South America to deliver sustainable, solar light sources. They worked with the LVMPD Foundation to recognize police officers for the sacrifices they make to keep our community safe. And they worked with local city officials to develop a funding model for Tule Springs Fossil Bed National Monument. Less than 6% of all eligible Girl Scouts successfully earn the Gold Award. We are incredibly proud that our 17 Gold Award Girl Scouts are making a positive local and global impact.”
2018 Gold Award Girl Scouts and Project Descriptions:
1. Paiton Allen – Worked with Color My World, a non-profit 501c3 organization, to deliver 100 solar powered lights to families living in rural Nicaragua.
2. Claire Binfield - Volunteered over 5,000 hours with Guide Dogs for the Blind and Desert Paws Las Vegas Puppy Raisers to train a guide dog for the blind and visually impaired.
3. Charlotte Brereton – After a break-in at her home, Charlotte created an awareness campaign to educate Las Vegans about the importance of home safety and security.
4. Emily Cotto – Targeted teenage distracted drivers by speaking to school groups and created an Instagram account with messages promoting safe driving habits.
5. Ashtyn Fink – Volunteered with the After-School All-Stars Soccer Program to create a video library that coaches in all 15 After-School All-Stars schools can access to teach young athletes the basic skills of soccer.
6. Emily Herndon – Worked with the Chief of Pediatrics and the Child Life Specialists at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMC) to form a partnership between UMC staff and Michael’s Angel Paws, a local organization that trains and provides service and therapy dogs.
7. Katherine Lee - Together with WHL Design Group, Katherine refurbished the playroom at Sunrise Children’s Hospital with updated countertops, fresh paint, and improved floors and lighting.
8. Tahoe Mack - Over a two-year period, Tahoe collaborated with artists Luis Varela-Rico and Joel Spencer to design a 16-foot-tall statue that will be made of recycled metal illegally dumped at Tule Springs and will be erected at the entrance of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument representing a Columbian mammoth
9. Dani Mason – Worked with Mayor Pro Tempore and Ward 4 Councilman Richard Cherchio to create a partnership between local home developers and protective agencies to create a continual revenue stream to help improve and protect Tule Springs.
10. Crystal Menjivar – After volunteering with the Deaf Centers of Nevada, Crystal created a website teaching American Sign Language (ASL) basics including video tutorials teaching the alphabet, numbers, and basic terms.
11. Alessia Nezhati - Collected and distributed over 500 toiletry kits that included necessities such as soap, toothpaste, and socks to the local homeless community.
12. Alexandra Peterson - Worked with Par 3 Landscape and Maintenance Las Vegas to create a serenity garden for the residents of WestCare, a campus dedicated to serving women and children recovering from substance abuse or transitioning from homelessness.
13. Sydney Ramenofsky – Launched through LVMPD Foundation’s “Go True Blue” campaign and together with the Caesars Foundation, LVMPD Foundation, and Clark County District Attorney Steven B. Wolfson, Sydney raised $20,000 and distributed 9 “Good Tickets” to foster goodwill between the LVMPD and local citizens.
14. Jade Rowe – Partnered with Las Vegas Sands Corporation, and Las Vegas Radiology and Cardiology to distribute Amazon Kindles pre-loaded with books and games and “Promise Packs” filled with toiletries to teenage patients and their families of Sunrise Children’s Hospital.
15. Jacquline Schumacher - As a former victim of bullying, Jacqueline spoke about her experience at school events and created an anti-bullying video to raise awareness that bullying takes all forms and can happen to people of any age.
16. Rosalia Sedano – Partnered with CCSD to create a website with instructional videos for parents, students and faculty to bridge the communication gap and create a clear line of communication for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) program at Schorr Elementary School.
17. Hope Taylor - Worked with the principal of Herbert A. Derfelt Elementary School to create a procedure to decrease safety issues, traffic hazards, and student tardiness at pick-up and crop-off.
Girl Scouts interested in achieving their Gold Award must complete seven crucial steps: Identify an issue, investigate the issue thoroughly, get help and build a team, create a plan, present the plan, gather feedback, take action and implement the plan, and educate and inspire by sharing the results. The Girl Scout Gold Award typically takes 80-100 hours to complete.
The 2018 Gold Award Girl Scouts, along with Silver and Bronze Girl Scouts, were honored, at Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada’s Highest Awards Ceremony on April 29th at UNLV Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.
About Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada
Founded on April 14, 1932 in Boulder City, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSNV) is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. GSSNV focuses on four key pillars: STEM, Outdoor, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship.
GSSNV serves the four Southern-most counties in Nevada: Clark, Lincoln, Nye, & Esmeralda, as well as the Southern California counties of Inyo and San Bernardino (eastern border) and has 5,659 girl and adult members.
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