8 Local Girl Scouts Earn Highest Honor in Girl Scouting
LAS VEGAS (April 30, 2019) – The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest and most prestigious achievement within the Girl Scouts of the USA. This year, 8 local Girl Scouts earned the Gold Award. 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. The Girl Scout Gold Award typically takes 80-100 hours to complete. The Gold Award is awarded to fewer than 6% of Girl Scouts annually.
The 2019 Gold Award Girl Scouts, along with Silver and Bronze Girl Scouts, scholarship recipients, and graduating seniors were honored at Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada’s Highest Awards Ceremony on April 28th at UNLV Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.
Lauralyn Sandoval, former First Lady of Nevada and Girl Scout alumna, served as Keynote Speaker at the April 28 ceremony. “If not for Girl Scouts, there is no doubt in my mind, I would not be the woman I am today”, said Lauralyn Sandoval. “Brownies and Girl Scouts gave me a place to look beyond myself, to say yes to the opportunity, to confront the challenge, to build real friendships, and to move forward in the face of fear.”
2019 Gold Award Girl Scouts and Project Descriptions:
1. Alyssa Casa – Designed fashionable and functional hospital gowns for female hospital patients. Gowns have been donated to hospitals in the US and UK.
2. Darya Daneshmand – Partnered with the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth to hold an annual music recital to bring awareness to youth homelessness in Las Vegas. 105 locals attended the first concert on September 30, 2018.
3. Anna Dorn – A lifelong equine advocate, Anna worked with the Nevada Wild Horse Commission to remove 1.5 miles of leftover barbed wire in Goodsprings, NV that prevented wild horses and burros from grazing.
4. Holly Griffith – Together with the Vroom organization, Holly created 100 educational kits for pre-kindergartners, focusing on early childhood brain development.
5. Gillyan Hassenzahl – Inspired by her Korean War veteran grandfather, Gillyan collected and filled 50 backpacks with school supplied donated by Target and Smart & Final for the students at Champions at Coral Academy of Science – Nellis AFB Campus.
6. Shaina Kinn – Addressing the shortage of healthy food options at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Las Vegas, Shaina worked with Lowe’s to plant a new vegetable garden and install a sprinkler system that only waters at night, conserving water usage in the garden.
7. Terrencia Miller – Addressing the inequality between funding for girls and boys sports, Terrencia worked with the Southern Nevada Youth Sports Association (SNYSA) to establish the first sponsorship that will cover the $60 registration fee for one girl per year. SNYSA has written the sponsorship into their bylaws.
8. Taylor Parker – Working with a local school psychologist, Taylor taught teachers at Rainbow Dreams Academy a game that teaches mindfulness techniques to special needs students. While Rainbow Dreams Academy is the pilot program, Taylor plans to expand the game to other schools in the Clark County School District.
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: STEAM Activities, Outdoor Experiences, Life Skills, and Entrepreneurship Opportunities.
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 5,161 girl and adult members.
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