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Girls ‘Go for Gold’ Earning Highest Award in Girl Scouting

UPublish story by Kim Graves

Macedonia, OH – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) will recognize 58 Girl Scouts who have achieved the Gold Award at a ceremony Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. The Keynote speaker for the event is Girl Scout Alumna, Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer. (Photos of the ceremony and individual girls and their bios are available upon request.)

“Although the Gold Award is the highest, most prestigious recognition a girl may earn in Girl Scouts, we know it is just the beginning of the amazing things these young ladies will accomplish in their lives,” said Jane Christyson, chief executive officer for Girl Scouts of North East Ohio. “Their projects have a lasting impact locally, nationally, and globally in environmental awareness, special needs populations, healthy living, community improvements and more.”

Since 1916, the Gold Award has stood for excellence and leadership for girls everywhere. The Gold Award project challenges girls to identify an unmet need or core issue in their community, research and investigate it, recruit volunteers and build a team to create a plan to address the issue or need. The plan, called a Gold Award proposal, is submitted to council for approval by a committee of volunteers. Only about five percent of eligible girls take the rigorous path toward earning this prestigious award, but those who complete the journey change the lives of others and their own in amazing and significant ways.

· The Gold Award is earned individually and is independent of other awards

· Girls must be in grades 9 -12 to “Go for the Gold”

· All projects are approved by a volunteer Gold Award Review Committee

· It is a national award with national standards

An increasing number of colleges and universities have recognized the achievements and leadership abilities of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients by establishing scholarship programs for them. Girls who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award often enter the four branches of the United States Armed Services at an advanced level and salary, having been recognized for their level of leadership shown in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Congratulations to the following Girl Scouts (organized by region):

Region (East)

Cassie Allen Boardman

Daisy Corso Boardman

Kaitlyn Emery Boardman

Trisha Mullen Warren

Miranda Parke Cortland

Erin Pavick Cortland

Jessica Shobel Boardman

Brittany Tatakis Ashtabula

Lindsey Varckette Geneva

Karly Wisnyai Kingsville


Region (South)

Karli Chiavaroli Louisville

Dana Cressman North Canton

Michelle House Dover

Robyn King Hartville

Allison Reed North Canton

Janice Richards Clinton

Sarah Schlosser Uniontown


Region (West)

Delaney Bak North Ridgeville

Kaitlin Curl Fremont

Elizabeth Kuczynski North Ridgeville

Alex McManamon Avon

Halle Miller Columbia Station

Tyler Overy New London

Kaitlin Pierce North Ridgeville

Shannon Turner North Ridgeville

Alicia Senart North Ridgeville


Region (North)

Megan Adams Strongsville

Lori Bertrand Olmsted Township

Tammy Blakenship Rocky River

Paige Cassidy North Ridgeville

Katherine Collins Chagrin Falls

Heather deHaas Perry

Katie Farinacci Sagamore Hills

Diana Ferrini North Royalton

Katherine Girouard Chagrin Falls

Caroline Gray Westlake

Kelsey Guzik Chagrin Falls

Anatasia Iglai North Royalton

Claire Kampman Chagrin Falls

Emma Larkin-Gero Chagrin Falls

Alyssa Marquette Chagrin Falls

Katie McCormack Chagrin Falls

Katie Poliszczuk Chardon

Julia Porcella Westlake

Catherine Riordan Solon

Madison Russo South Russell Township

Hannah Simon Westlake

Mackenzie Smith Westlake

Blythe Tokar Chagrin Falls

Hannah Whitney Olmsted Falls


Region (Central)

Rebecca Angell Macedonia

Katie Benya Wadsworth

Emma Fobean Stow

Kirsten Glas Norton

Laura Leventhal Akron

Tia Mixell Wadsworth

Kristen Osborne Norton

Amanda Wisniewski Stow

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