GSSI’s 2018 Gold Award Girl Scouts

Congratulations to our nine (9) Gold Award Girl Scouts for 2018!

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest individual girl achievement in Girl Scouting.  To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award a girl must be a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, grades 9-12, and must have earned either two Journey awards or the Girl Scout Silver Award and one Journey Award. Her preparation involves diligent and thoughtful work in the following areas:

  1. Choosing an issue: using her values and skills to identify a community issue she cares about.
  2. Investigating: Researching everything she can about the issue.
  3. Getting Help: Inviting others to support and take action with her.
  4. Creating a Plan: Creating a project plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact.
  5. Presenting the Plan and Getting Feedback from the Council
  6. Taking Action: Taking the lead to carry out the plan.
  7. Educating and Inspiring Others

Below are each girls project description and pictures of their experiences during their projects.


Katherine Blandford created a sensory garden at Mt. Vernon Nursing and Rehab Center to allow the memory care patients the ability to care for the garden through raised flower beds and work on sensory motor skills without

leaving the property.


DSC_3496Shelby Braselton painted a mural in memory of a local girl, Hailee Cunningham, who passed away from caner when she was only 6 years old. Shelby presented this painting to Hailee’s school, The Fort Branch Community School, where she talked to the students about the importance of being kind to one another and to appreciate life to its fullest.

Screen Shot 2018-03-05 at 3.03.18 PMLindsey Field created the “Smiles for Haiti” project where she collected dental hygiene products from all 50 states to bring to the children of Haiti and educate the community on the importance of dental health.

 Kendall Jacobs created the program Care Kits for Kids where she partnered with the foster system in her community to provide children the basic necessities they need when they are placed in a new home.


 Isabelle Kyle, created Smile Booklets for Gilda’s Club, allowing family members to share thoughtful words and memories with their loved one impacted by cancer. This project is very personal to Isabelle because her mother is a breast cancer survivor who made a similar request for letters from her own family.

IMG_6622Maddie Lueken addressed the issues of abused and homeless animals by educating the community about the consequence of animal abuse, mass reproduction, and stray animals through her “animal showers” she held in the community.

IMG_8514Brianna Rahman organized a 5k race at her high school to bring awareness to Riley Children’s Hospital and arranged to have educational booths and activities after the race to teach her community how to make healthy decisions and take preventive measures.

Greenhouse picKatelyn Sander built a recycled greenhouse utilizing wood and recycled 2 liter bottles for the Memorial Hospital HOPE Garden. This has allowed the hospital to utilize seeds instead of purchasing plants at a more expensive cost and reach more families in need.

IMG_6932Anna Wagner addressed the issue in her community of animal abandonment and lack of homes. She worked with her local humane society  to bring awareness to the humane society’s needs by creating new eco-friendly kennels where she impacted over 70 animals this year and thousands more in the future.

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