In Your Honor Award Yearbook
This is the program book for the In Your Honor Ceremony held annually honoring Girls who have attained their Gold, Silver and Silver Trefoil Awards.
2015 Award Yearbook Featuring the Girl Scout Gold Award Class of 2015 In Your Honor From the Desk of the CEO Dear Girl Scouts and Families, Congratulations to our Silver, Silver Trefoil and Gold Award Girl Scouts. This Award Yearbook reflects the amazing work of the class of 2015. Achievement in Girl Scouting demonstrates to colleges, employers, and the community that you are a leader, making positive and lasting change in the world. In Girl Scouting, girls progress through each level. They learn new skills and grow in confidence. Leadership is a vital part of every level, and for many this is demonstrated through community service. Nowhere do the two (service and leadership) come together more meaningfully than in our high awards. This is why we are proud to be the best leadership development program for girls in the nation. If you have ever wondered if one person can make a difference, I would suggest you read the fantastic Gold Award projects in this book. I am thoroughly impressed by the quality and creativity reflected in this year’s Gold Award projects, from protecting the environment and endangered species to capturing the stories of residents at a nursing home. This year, 196 Girl Scouts from our Council have reached the highest pinnacle in Girl Scouting, earning the Gold Award. They are amongst an accomplished group of women who, since 1916, have earned Girl Scouts’ highest award. Over the years, the award’s name has changed, from the Golden Eagle of Merit, the Golden Eaglet, First Class and Curved Bar to the Gold Award. Though the name has changed, the focus remains constant, using skills learned in Girl Scouting to improve the lives of others. Congratulations to all of our Gold Award Girl Scouts, a bright future lies ahead! Girl Scout Cadettes, grades six through eight, look around their schools and neighborhoods and wonder—how can I make it better? They develop a project, organize a team and put their project into action. The Silver Award is our pipeline to the Gold Award. With encouragement from parents and troop advisors, these girls can go on to earn the Gold Award and the potential to earn one of our Council’s Gold Award scholarships. We know that these girls, 884 Girl Scouts strong, have already demonstrated leadership and passion for their community, and we applaud their efforts. Through the stewardship of Girl Scout leaders, volunteers, parents and staff, 171 Girl Scouts earned the Silver Trefoil Award. The Silver Trefoil Award is unique to Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and is awarded to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who make the world a better place, through a minimum of 100 hours of service in three categories: Girl Scout Community, National, and Global. Collectively, these Girl Scouts dedicated over 17,000 hours to community service. Congratulations. I would like to thank our entire Girl Scout family, our leaders, parents, funders and staff for supporting our Girl Scouts, and helping to set them on a path to a bright future. Our Girl Scouts will join a powerful network of 59 million Girl Scout alumnae, 75 percent of the women in the U.S. Senate, 54 percent of the women in the House of Representatives and every female U.S. Secretary of State—all proud Girl Scout alumnae. As we prepare for the 100th anniversary of our highest award, the Gold Award, in 2016, I look forward to celebrating this milestone with you. Congratulations, Lidia Soto-Harmon CEO, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital Proud mother of a Gold Award Girl Scout About the Gold Award The Gold Award is Girl Scoutsâ€™ highest honor. This prestigious award is earned by a select group of Girl Scouts who have demonstrated a higher commitment to improving their communities, and advocating for lasting change. This past year, from March 16, 2014 to March 15, 2015, 196 Girl Scouts from 25 counties in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia earned the Gold Award. The road to the Gold Award begins with discovery. Each girl uses her own values and skills to identify a community issue she is passionate about and then determines the topic and audience for her project. While working on her project, each Girl Scout dedicates herself to advancing her cause and accomplishing her goal. Before proceeding, each girl submits a project proposal to the Gold Award Panel. The Panel welcomes all projects for which there is a demonstrated need. The Panel works with Girl Scouts to support the development of their projects, and acts as mentors along the way. All of the projects completed this year will have a lasting and positive impact on our region and beyond. From protecting the environment and teaching young people about community issues, to promoting healthy behaviors and helping the homeless, these Girl Scouts have exhibited outstanding leadership, exceptional organizational skills, and a sincere commitment to improving their communities. Congratulations to all of our Gold Award Girl Scouts! The following pages feature this yearâ€™s Gold Award Girl Scouts and brief descriptions of their projects. By necessity, the descriptions are brief and may not fully describe the scope of the project. 2015 Award Yearbook 1 Gold Award Panel The Gold Award Panel is comprised of our dedicated Girl Scout volunteers. Each month, six regional Panels meet to review Gold Award proposals and engage in mentoring conversations with Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors. Each Panel Member works to ensure the success of our Gold Award candidates, offering advice and support as the girls journey toward the Gold. In addition to reviewing proposals and mentoring girls, each Panel Member conducts at least one Gold Award Workshop per year and supports the In Your Honor ceremony. Panel Members also offer suggestions on the Gold Award process and speak with other volunteers about how to encourage girls to go for the Gold. We thank the Gold Award Panel Members for their dedication and support. Lori Betsock Priya Arokiaswamy DC Regional Panel Co-Chair Jessica Avery Carol Jacobson DC Regional Panel Co-Chair Kathy Barylski Kara Coxe Sharon Cantrall Camp Crowell and Loudoun Lauren Cross Regional Panel Co-Chair Camille Dâ€™AnnunzioMaureen Mallette Szymczak Camp Crowell Regional Panel Co-Chair Kathleen Engel Stan Myles Frederick Regional Panel Co-Chair Judi Becker-Greenfield Shenandoah Regional Panel Co-Chair Tina Capps Shenandoah Regional Panel Co-Chair Alita Jordan Waldorf Regional Panel Co-Chair Terri Hotaling Beth Johnson Lori Ann Jones Brian Kearney Kim Kingsford Sue Kohn Cyndie Lipari Amina Manguera Karen Moreland Catie Palmer Anne Parrish Linda Paulson Anne Payne Tonya Penebaker-Brown Julie Queen Pamela Richardson Ann Robertson Lisa Robinson Maria Rojtman Cathy Romano Diyana Sanders Megan Shutka Sandra Stewart Alicia Stukes Colleen Traughber Sandy Trumbull Laurie Van Hook Gold Award Girl Scouts Cassandra Baca Annandale, VA Can You Drink It? (Clean Drinking Water for All) Cassandra used two methods, sand and charcoal/UV rays to kill bacteria, viruses, and parasites in water for those in need of potable water in a low-cost way. Dara Bean Silver Spring, MD Healthy Eating, Healthy for Life Dara addressed the childhood obesity epidemic by providing spring break workshops to students about healthy lifestyle choices at the Horizons Child Care Center. Jennifer Bagby Herndon, VA Protecting and Providing Homes for Honey Bees Jennifer educated students about the declining honey bee population and built two honey bee houses that will be inhabited by 120,000 bees. Morgan Bedford Chantilly, VA Past, Present and Future Morgan worked with current and former classmates to emphasize the importance of conversation to provide safe spaces for all members of the Chantilly High School community to minimize negative outcomes for students with mental health illnesses. Molly Barkley Woodbrige, VA From Light Bulb to Portfolio Molly started a creative writing workshop to expose 8th grade students to a writing program available at the local high school. Molly used the after school program to communicate the benefits of creative writing. Abigail Bladen Mt. Airy, MD Lap Blankets for Warriors Abigail taught younger girls how to knit and crochet. The squares they produced and squares donated by the community were sewn into lap blankets for wounded soldiers at Walter Reed. Hannah Barth Thurmont, MD Rebuild Historic Garden at the Creeger House Hannah researched, planned, and rebuilt historically accurate 1800s gardens for the Thurmont Historical Society property. Anfel Bouzid Vienna, VA A Taste of France Anfel taught elementary school children introductory French language and parts of French culture. To make the experience as authentic as possible, the program was enhanced with food, art and games. 2015 Award Yearbook 3 Gold Award Girl Scouts Kristen Bowman Mount Jackson, VA Swimming Lessons 101 Kristen taught youth in grades K-6 water safety rules, and how to swim four strokes to prevent drownings. Alexandria Brown Silver Spring, MD Arts Week Alexandria focused on the lack of artistic opportunities by planning a week known as Art Week for her high school that enabled students to perform through open mics, dance competitions, and workshops on theater and dance. Mary Ella Bresson Fairfax, VA The Dear Troops Project Mary Ella taught students how to write letters of thanks to active military here at home and deployed abroad. Naomi Brown Frederick, MD Saving Our Waters One Drain At a Time Naomi increased public awareness of storm drain stenciling and educated the public why it is important not to dump waste in drains that lead to our waterways. Hannah Brinkley Fairfax Station, VA Increasing Knowledge of Proper Drug Disposal Hannah worked with the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County to educate our community about safely disposing of medication. Amelia Burkley Great Falls, VA Save the Monarchs! Amelia made an educational garden for Monarch Butterflies to spread awareness about the declining species to the community. Aileen Brokamp Woodbridge, VA Connections Through Dance Aileen planned and implemented workshops where participants learned about Hispanic culture through food, dance, and presentations. At the workshops, she collected books which were later donated. Julia Burks Haymarket, VA Comfort Food Julia prevented hunger and food insecurity by providing nutritional weekend meals to elementary school students who receive reduced or free meals at school. Gold Award Girl Scouts Amelia Butterfield Herndon, VA Protecting and Providing Homes for Bluebirds Amelia and her friends built and donated bluebird houses to Northern Virginia Bluebird Association, to be installed on a trail in Virginia. Sareena Chadha Potomac Falls, VA Bandworks Sareena founded a free band tutoring program, called Band Jams. Band Jams provided private lessons to band students in middle school who were unable to afford lessons. Her program furthers musical education and encourages music participation by young people. Katherine Cantrall Herndon, VA Sheikusupia Katherine made classic literature accessible to younger children by turning Shakespeare books into comic books to encourage literacy. Jacquelyn Chin Bowie, MD How to Survive High School Jacquelyn taught underprivileged high school students how to succeed and overcome everyday obstacles. Joanne Cardea Boyds, MD Dance into a Healthy Life! Joanne inspired students at Clarksburg Elementary School to choose a healthy lifestyle by bringing in a Zumba instructor and creating educational nutrition games. Rebecca Clarke Oak Hill, VA Pretty in Pink Rebecca combined the importance of teamwork and the love of volleyball to raise awareness for breast cancer. Audrey Carleton Rockville, MD Education for Attan Primary School Audrey addressed educational inequality experienced by indigenous communities, specifically regarding the Turkana people. Audrey conducted workshops and created a website that raised awareness. Meghan Clarke Alexandria, VA Trainers and Nutrition are a High School Athleteâ€™s Best Friend Meghan created a public service pamphlet about trainers, a nutrition webpage, and conducted a seminar for teen athletes on the importance of nutrition and athletic trainers. 2015 Award Yearbook 5 Gold Award Girl Scouts Alexandra Clizbe New Market, MD Empowering Students to Advocate for Accomodations Alex taught 6th grade middle school students how to understand their disability, benefits, and personal accommodations. She promoted academic confidence through selfadvocacy. Gabrielle Cory Leonardtown, MD Agricultural Education Camp Gabrielle hosted an Agricultural Education Camp to raise awareness about agriculture and safety in her community. The camp featured stations to teach about these topics and share her love for agriculture. Mackenzie Cohen Ashburn, VA Reduce, Refurbish, Reuse Mackenzie recycled, refurbished, and reused used school supplies, and built a school supply store that included all the supplies collected. Anna Coughlan Burke, VA Kids Acting Up Anna designed a theater program and curriculum for a shelter to educate students living there on how theater and acting can influence and enhance their everyday lives. Alisha Compton Chantilly, VA Teaching Senior Citizens About New Technologies Alisha educated seniors about new technologies using videos and by pairing participants with students who taught the seniors technology skills. Kara Coxe Vienna, VA Backyard History Kara created a presentation on the history of Vienna, VA to inform recent immigrants of the rich history of their new home. Margaret (Peggy) Coppola Fairfax, VA Viennaâ€™s Learning and Community Garden Margaret developed a community garden in the town of Vienna for visitors to plant and harvest plants and enjoy their time in the garden learning about community gardening. Sarah Crews Montgomery Village, MD Operation Homefront Sarah organized educational workshops in her community to inform others about the struggles and sacrifices of our nationâ€™s Wounded Warriors, men and women who have served our country in the armed forces and were injured in battle. Gold Award Girl Scouts Elli Cryan Fairfax, VA She Did It - Women In Science Elli utilized camp programs to educate elementary and middleschool girls on women who made significant contributions in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology and engineering. Brianna Leia DiSanza Sumerduck, VA Caps for Kids at Fauquier Hospital Brianna founded a not-for-profit organization, SurgiCaps4Kids, supplied hospitals with surgical caps for pediatric patients, and educated others about pediatric health issues. Clare DaBaldo McLean, VA Speak Up! Clare created a Public Speaking Club that provided students with an opportunity to develop confidence in themselves and public speaking. Melody Doan Gaithersburg, MD Passage to Freedom: Documentation of the Vietnamese Boat People Experience Melody captured the stories of Vietnamese Boat People in a documentary film to preserve her heritage and encourage others to share their stories to appreciate the resiliency of the human spirit. Morgan Davenport South Riding, VA Golden Flowers Morgan designed and built a sensory garden for the elderly that allows them to plant flowers and vegetables, with a bench for all to sit, watch, and enjoy. Helena Doms McLean, VA Street Smart Safety Helena focused on ending violence against girls through self defense and danger avoidance workshops. She also taught boys to respect women and not take advantage of them. Chloe Dickson Upper Marlboro, MD Booking Booknuts Bookstore Chloe worked with Booknuts Bookstore to create a reading program for 3rd-5th graders and led monthly discussions endorsing early literacy. Olivia Dunheimer Vienna, VA Difficult Run Watershed Awareness Olivia educated the 359 homeowners/families in the Hunters Valley Association and Twinmill Homeowners Association and students, family, teachers, and staff at Hunter Mill Country Day School on their impact to the health of the Difficult Run. 2015 Award Yearbook 7 Gold Award Girl Scouts Amanda Duvall South Riding, VA Be Happy, Be Healthy Amanda presented information on healthy eating, healthcare, hygiene, and First Aid in the Rio Bravo community of Mexico. Taryn Falkenstein Burke, VA Speak Up! Stand Out! Taryn helped elementary age kids overcome the fear of public speaking through a full-day workshop and helping at a weekly tutoring club. Cailin Dyer Arlington, VA Rooftop Garden: Kenmore Middle School Cailin worked with 6th graders to develop a storm water solution for their school. She led the construction of a rain garden to improve water quality in the watershed. Maura Finn Alexandria, VA Bat Conservation Through Education Maura increased awareness and educated the younger generation about bats through elementary schools and community areas. Courtney Edwards Bowie, MD Get to Know Your Blood: How Sickle Cell Trait can Affect You and Your Future Courtney’s project increased awareness about the sickle cell trait and its effects on young adults and athletes’ lives. Elizabeth Maureen Finnan Gainesville, VA A Room with a View Elizabeth built an outdoor classroom for a local middle school with a mulched area, picnic tables, and a whiteboard. Her long-term goal is to help students learn about and appreciate the environment. Noor Falah Falls Church, VA Be Bright, Live Right! Noor worked with pre-teens and teens in her Muslim community at a local mosque’s summer camp and taught them how to balance healthy lives with school, religion, and culture. Abigail Frazer Herndon, VA Girls Sports Days Abigail planned a set of sports days to encourage rising 9th grade girls to join fall sports at the high school. Gold Award Girl Scouts Amanda Frew Silver Spring, MD Dear Friends in Ipala Amanda gave other members of her church community the chance to connect with the people of Ipala, Guatemala through writing letters and making art for pen pals. Kaitlin Gates Bowie, MD Donâ€™t Be Mean Behind The Screen!: Cyberbullying Awareness and Prevention Seminar Kaitlin organized and hosted a Cyberbullying Awareness and Prevention Seminar for youth. Emma Friedman Silver Spring, MD Field Hockey Play Day Emma hosted a field hockey play day to address the issue of reduced participation from girls in exercising, and childhood obesity. She provided information about living a healthy lifestyle and how field hockey can be a continuous outlet of physical education. Sarah Gaulke Fairfax, VA Nurturing Native Nature Sarah raised awareness about invasive species by teaching several school groups and planting a native garden with native species which were then identified, labeled, and described. Julee Fryberger Bowie, MD Eco-Education Julee helped establish a Green Team and assisted with a schoolwide eco-audit. Julee decided upon an eco-action plan and assisted in locating curricula for the plan. Jordan Giles Washington, DC Energy Fair Jordan created an Energy Fair to educate children in kindergarten through 12th grade on climate change and its effect on the environment. Participants learned about sustainable energy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability. Jordan Ganley Vienna, VA Organizing Success Jordan addressed procrastination amongst her peers through educational sessions, a website, and a brochure. Grace Gnatowski Mount Airy, MD Improving the Windsor Knolls Middle Schoolâ€™s Schoolyard Habitat Grace improved areas of need at an outdoor schoolyard habitat. She organized and facilitated needed care and improvements for the Blue Bird Trail. 2015 Award Yearbook 9 Gold Award Girl Scouts Lindsey Goss Springfield, VA Refounding America Lindsey wrote a book titled Refounding America to encourage young children with English as a second language to engage with and appreciate history through reading. Emily J. Harper Falls Church, VA Participation, Respect, Integrity, Differences, Equality Emilyâ€™s project PRIDE used science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) as a bridge between General and Special Education students while promoting equality and respect. Sarah Guth Annandale, VA Bust a Move, Not a Hip! Sarah fostered continued exercise and mobility in old age by creating and leading a six-class adaptive fitness program for senior adults in her community. Elana Harris Maryland, VA Character, Leadership, Academics, Style, Service Elana created a program called CLASS that focused on teaching middle school girls the principles of leadership and collaboration. Through the project, participating girls organized service projects for their schools and communities. Michele Hamrick Manassas, VA United States Map Michele organized an event to paint a large-scale US map on the playground of her former elementary school to serve as a helpful resource to teachers. Laura Hawk Monrovia, MD Human Trafficking: Aide and Awareness Laura raised awareness of human trafficking by presenting information to local organizations. Ella Hanson Washington, DC Wilson Student Perception Survey Ella addressed communication needs of both students and teachers at Woodrow Wilson High School by designing an accessible student feedback tool for teachers. Charlotte Hayes Alexandria, VA Belle View Environmental Science Club Charlotte started an educational club for students in grades 3-6 focused on environmental science. The club exposed the participants to the growing challenges of protecting the environment. Gold Award Girl Scouts Emily Hecht Boyds, MD Creative Writing Club Emily formed a Creative Writing Club at Gaithersburg Middle School to kindle innovation in students and teach them how to write with creative techniques and styles. Hadiya Hewitt Columbia, MD Stepping Stones Hadiya created a tutoring program for freshmen and a series of powerpoints for grades 9-12 to narrow the gap in intellectual preparation and college preparedness between academic tracks. Charlotte Heffelmire Fairfax, VA Teen Girl Safety Awareness and Self Defense Charlotte wrote and taught a course, Pred-X, which trained teenage girls how to mentally and physically avoid dangerous predators they may encounter in their lives. Abigail Hiltke New Market, MD Shooting Stars Abigail created a dance sampler for children with disabilities. The dance sampler allowed the children to express themselves in a non-judgmental way and at a pace specific to their needs. Grace Hellier Burke, VA Mondloch Place Library Grace installed a privately-funded, on-site library for formerly homeless residents of Mondloch Place. Christina Hnatov Potomac, MD Ensuring Environmental Sustainability Using RainScape Techniques Christina planned and oversaw installation of a conservation garden and led a hands-on educational program to teach girls about the importance of water conservation and use of RainScape techniques. Caitlin Henry Manassas, VA Human Sundial Caitlin created a human sundial to support math and science programs at Marshall Elementary School. Amanda Hobgood Indian Head, MD Recycling Reborn Amanda established a recycling program at Henry E. Lackey High School where there had previously been none. 2015 Award Yearbook 11 Gold Award Girl Scouts Kristine Hodgson-Torres Silver Spring, MD Mochillas de Madre Kristine created backpacks with basic essentials and health care tips for newborns in Managua, Nicaragua. She also led workshops of local youth groups in making the bags. Marium Hussein Fairfax, VA Health Fair Marium created a health fair to bring people in her community increased access to the healthcare system. Courtney Holleran Burke, VA A Journey From Junk to Jewel Courtney designed educational materials and conducted informative walking tours highlighting a brand new tree trail located at Meadowood Recreation Area in Lorton, Virginia. Marisa Izaguirre-Hawk Alexandria, VA River Clean Up and Class Marisa educated people on water eco-friendliness with a creek clean up and a podcast. Participants learned about river pollution and how to take better care of the Earth. Meghan Holub Springfield, VA The Kids Version of History! Meghan researched, designed, and created an educational booklet for children ages 8 to 12 to use as they walk around Mount Vernon. Kathleen Jackman Burke, VA Let’s Get Crafty Kathleen created a program called “Let’s Get Crafty” to address the lack of artistic expression in many special education programs. Madison Howell Herndon, VA The Benefits of Music Madison created a music therapy program to combat depression for residents living at Tall Oaks Assisted Living. Disha Jain Alexandria, VA STEM Tutoring Disha created the STEMducation program to bring science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to children in lowincome areas and demonstrate to the participants what they could accomplish with a STEM background. Gold Award Girl Scouts Caitlyn Johannes Gaithersburg, MD Sailing into High School Success Caitlyn conducted a workshop to help incoming high school freshmen students learn time and stress management, and other important life skills needed to adjust to a high school environment. Catherine Keenan North Potomac, MD PET: Pets Exist Too Catherine designed a brochure to educate the community on pet safety and toxicology. Along with the brochures, t-shirt ties were made and provided to a local animal shelter. Monae Jones Lanham, MD The Gold Ambition Monae led workshops to increase studentsâ€™ abilities to advocate for themselves and communicate more effectively. Madeline Kelleher McLean, VA Moringa Tree Project Madeline taught a community in Nicaragua about the uses of the Moringa tree and gave them the resources to cultivate it and use it to combat hunger and malnutrition. Rosemary Kadile Germantown, MD Helping the Elderly Understand Technology Rosemary taught several classes to residents at Sunrise Assisted Living about understanding and using the Internet in their daily lives. Emma Keyes Washington, DC A Moment in Time: Woodrow Wilson HS Emma interviewed, filmed, and edited oral histories of alumni of her high school in Washington, DC in conjunction with Historic Chevy Chase DC. Emily Kearney Ranson, WV Teaching Homeschool Students Nanotechnology Emily offered free nanotechnology classes to homeschoolers in late elementary school and early middle school grades. Alison Kliem Fairfax Station, VA Lunch Buddies Alison created a club called Technology Social Skills Club to promote communication among students with autism. 2015 Award Yearbook 13 Gold Award Girl Scouts Meera Krishnamoorthy Clarksburg, MD Serve with a Smile Meera created and shared a website that listed local volunteer opportunities to encourage children to volunteer. Rebecca Lehner Alexandria, VA Change the Stage Rebecca brought performing arts to kids that did not have access to them through an after-school program focused on singing, theater, and improvisation. Uma Krishnan McLean, VA Take the Pledge to Stop Texting While Driving Uma addressed distracted driving among youth, specifically texting and smart phone use while driving. She hosted a 3k fun run in her community to spread awareness and distributed educational material. Alexis LeMone Upper Marlboro, MD Keep Calm and Swim On: Swimming 101 Alexis worked with Horizons of Greater Washington to provide a structured swim program to low-income families. Low-income families have higher rates of drowning than other families. Emily Latta Fairfax Station, VA Butterfly Club Emily held a 12-week program at her former elementary school to help girls in grades 4-6 with life skills. The skills taught included eating healthy, exercise, confidence, team building, and more. Linnea Lundh New Market, MD Mission: Preserve the Lake Linnea installed a rain garden in her community to provide a natural rain water filter. Sophie LeFew Ashburn, VA Science Tutoring Club Sophie started a science tutoring club at her school. The club was a forum for students to tutor their peers in the science classes that they were struggling in. Amanda Ly Silver Spring, MD Get Up, Get Active! - Having Fun with Fitness Amanda created a blog and hosted a workshop to promote healthy lifestyles including physical activity and healthy eating. Gold Award Girl Scouts Sarah Mack Washington, DC Caps that Care Sarah worked with students at School Without Walls to make hats for patients dealing with hair loss from cancer. Working with the American Cancer Society, Sarah and her classmates knit hats to be donated. Sarah Mason Hagerstown, MD Preschool Puppetry Sarah enhanced preschooler’s literacy skills through puppetry at the school as well as at home. She also provided shelving for the classroom to build the preschooler’s organizational skills. Danielle Mango Winchester, VA Noah’s Ark of Knowledge Danielle compiled articles and research for the creation of “Noah’s Ark of Knowledge,” a book about the care of domestic animals and interacting with wildlife. Kendra Maynard Herndon, VA Food Storage Facility Kendra built pallets and shelving for a new storage facility for the food pantry mission project of Community of Faith United Methodist Church. Sarah Marion Washington, DC Algebra Help Sarah incorporated tutoring sessions, algebra videos, and a mindset workshop to promote education within inner city public schools. Cara Mazella Vienna, VA Electronic Inventory Control Cara inventoried and organized camp equipment and supplies for the Town of Vienna Parks & Recreation Department and created a permanent electronic inventory system using an Excel spreadsheet. Erin Markle Alexandria, VA Bats Are Terrific (BAT): A Bat Habitat Improvement Project Erin conducted a bat population census and devised an experiment to assess habitat preferences to combat the spread of White Nose Syndrome. Elizabeth McCabe Alexandria, VA Organization: “At the Heart of the Community” Elizabeth created a volunteer program, At the Heart of the Community, for United Community Ministries. The project helped United more effectively organize their volunteers. 2015 Award Yearbook 15 Gold Award Girl Scouts Christina McCann Rockville, MD Parkland Girls Leadership Program Christina started the first Girls Leadership Program at Parkland Middle School. Girls had the opportunity to attend a retreat and participate in workshops and team-building activities. Naomi McLeod Washington, DC Global Warming: The Part YOUth Play Naomi hosted a workshop titled, Global Warming: The Part You(th) Play. The workshop included speakers from PEPCO, DC Office of the Environment (DDOE), and Office of Recycling in Washington, DC. Rachel A. McCoy Shenandoah, VA Protect Our Future Rachel created a video public service announcement to address the issue of missing and abducted children. Her video is posted on the Virginia Child Identification website and eventually linked to global websites. Alisha Mehdi Oak Hill, VA Chill Out! Alisha provided workshops to peers in her high school to help identify and reduce stress. Participants received take home resources about yoga, mental health and study tips. Kyleigh McGrail Ashburn, VA Sensory Garden Courtyard Kyleigh transformed a courtyard into a space that can be stimulating for students with autism at Sanders Corner Elementary School, as well as an environment for other students to learn about and explore nature. Sophia Mense Poolesville, MD Donâ€™t Drop the Cap Sophia combined art and science to raise awareness about the harmful effects of plastic bottle caps on marine wildlife. Using several social media platforms, she worked with Poolesville Elementary School to create an ocean themed bottle cap mural. Claudia McGuire Charlotte Hall, MD Friday Night Fun Claudia created activity nights specifically for children with special needs through her church. The activities were designed to provide socialization skills and interaction with other children. Monique Mezher Fairfax, VA Self Defender: Becoming Your Own Superhero Monique educated elementary school girls about self-defense techniques and encouraged proactive safe behavior for real world situations. Gold Award Girl Scouts Mariah Michael Catharpin, VA Witness Tree Marion’s Witness Tree Project identified trees that were 150 years old or older. Nia Moore Temple Hills, MD Journal Making and Writing Nia planted a butterfly garden at an elementary school and held a workshop focused on the importance of pollination for the environment. Priya Miller McLean, VA Speak in the Spotlight Priya developed public speaking workshops for girls in 4th to 8th grades. Participants developed confidence in speaking up about issues that they cared about. Alyx Moore Upper Marlboro, MD The Social Butterflies Alyx hosted a journal writing workshop for youth to learn how to express their emotions through a healthy outlet. Ladan Mohamed Germantown, MD Summer Beach Fun! Ladan organized a beach-themed party for children with autism, giving them a place to hang out and socialize outside of school. Monique Moore-Vereen Fort Washington, MD Monique’s Young Girls Sports Clinic Monique’s Health and Sports Clinic for Girls highlighted the benefits of playing sports for girls. Girls participating in her project attended clinics for cheerleading, soccer, track, and basketball. Rebecca Montague Midland, MD Destination Wisdom, Hope, Love Rebecca helped youth strive towards their potential through videos answering questions with the advice and wisdom of those on similar paths. Laurel Morton Stephens City, VA Muskana Kelie Laurel created dental health coloring books in English, Hindi, French, and Spanish for distribution locally and at a health fair she helped arrange in India. 2015 Award Yearbook 17 Gold Award Girl Scouts Nadia Mushtaq McLean, VA Take Note Nadia created a program called Take Note to educate 6th grade students on how to study in ways that would increase their academic achievement. Students participated in workshops to build study skills before entering middle school. Alyssa Niemi Lusby, MD Fossil Exploration and Education Alyssa created resource boxes for Calvert Cliffs State Park to educate park visitors on fossils and aid in identifying fossils found at the beaches. Anh-Thu Nguyen Silver Spring, MD Disconnect to Reconnect Anh-Thu reconnected family relationships through fun activities and games while disconnecting from technology. Raisa Noshin Sterling, VA Smiles for the Heavy Hearted Raisa created a volunteer group with the All Dulles Area Muslim Society to address a lack of volunteers visiting the sick and hospitalized within her religious community. Elise Nicewick Herndon, VA Fox Mill Elementary After School Volleyball Program and Coachesâ€™ Video Elise planned and held a 9-week volleyball clinic for the Fox Hill Parents and Teachers Association. Elise ran the program after school for her peers to encourage physical activity. Sarah Nueslein Waldorf, MD Fishing Line Recovery and Recycling Tubes Sarah built tubes to collect and recycle discarded fishing line at local fishing spots, helping to preserve wildlife and save the environment. Laura Nickell Vienna, VA Take Pictures, Not Nature Laura recruited a team of subject matter experts from the photography field and Leave No Trace, an outdoors ethics program, to teach youth values and skills for preserving our natural Earth and its future. Sierra Christina Oates Greenbelt, MD Imagine, Discover and Explore Sierra restored the playground at St. Anns Center for Children, Youth, and Families. Her project included repainting the playground in vibrant colors, repairing outdoor furniture, and landscaping. Gold Award Girl Scouts Caitie O’Donnell La Plata, MD On with the Show Caitie established a youth self confidence public speaking program by developing, then leading, workshops using a stage she built at a new community youth site. Sydney Parker Gaithersburg, MD Teen Suicide Awareness and Prevention Sydney developed a video featuring prominent DMV spoken-word artists to promote teen suicide awareness and prevention in Montgomery County, Maryland. Aislinn Olthoff Silver Spring, MD Siblings’ Stories: The Experience of Having a Sibling with Special Needs Aislinn created a book, sharing stories of people in her school community who have siblings or family members with special needs. The book addressed how others could increase inclusion in the Montgomery County Public School community. Eryn Peters Haymarket, VA Steps to Success Eryn created a “Steps to Success” system to inform volunteers and kids of Sprout Therapeutic Riding Center. It outlines tasks in the barn, horse care, first aid, and lesson responsibilities. Anwar Omeish Fairfax, VA Muslim Library & Reading Program for Local Domestic Violence Shelter Anwar set up a library at a local domestic violence shelter and developed a reading program to introduce the children at the shelter to the library. Carlin Pierce Herndon, VA Food for the Future Carlin created a program to teach kids about sustainable agriculture. Topics included pollution and travel in industrial agriculture, and eating healthily on a budget. Carolyn Park Ranson, WV Fawkes Library Carolyn worked with a local church to restore a library space that had been neglected. Carolyn identified a new space, painted, and relocated library materials. Alexis Pineda Gaithersburg, MD Glow In The Dark: Pedestrian Safety Awareness Alexis created a pedestrian safety program to raise awareness of the risk of distracted walking and other dangerous pedestrian behaviors for the Gaithersburg High School Community. 2015 Award Yearbook 19 Gold Award Girl Scouts Kristine Pinter Alexandria, VA Invasive Species Education and Landscape Rejuvenation Kristine removed all of the invasive plants from her community area and replaced them with native species. Kristine also created a brochure on the importance of using native plants in landscaping. Danielle Erinn Ramsay Bowie, MD Preparing Youth for a Natural Disaster Before It Happens Danielle prepared youth in her community for a natural disaster. Katherine Polk Waldorf, MD Bee Inspired: Think Inside the Box Katherine developed a curriculum for local beekeeping clubs in her community to teach the importance of beekeeping to young children and led several workshops using her curriculum. Shalini Rana Vienna, VA Special Needs Equipment Exchange Program (SNEEP) Shalini designed and created a website with a medical equipment exchange forum and continually updated a resources page for special needs families in the DC Metro area. Meghan Proctor New Market, MD Trail Beautification Meghan encouraged members of the community of Lake Linganore to be active by offering safe and comfortable resting places along trails for limited mobility individuals in the community. Sarah Raymond Fairfax, VA Fun Fitness Forever Sarah addressed the issue that many middle school students are not exercising or eating healthily, especially during the summer, by creating a website and video to teach easy ways to live a healthy lifestyle. Bernice Tia Pull New Market, VA Nursing Home Courtyard Renovation and Beautification Bernice created a beautified outdoor area for the residents at the Life Care Center in New Market to enjoy. Leena Raza McLean, VA Heart Disease Awareness Leena created a heart disease awareness event, which had different stations such as a blood pressure station, a general information station, a nutrition station, and an exercise station. Gold Award Girl Scouts Mary Reynolds Alexandria, VA Cool Food for Cool Kids & The Importance of Healthy Eating Mary addressed childhood obesity by working with the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture to provide classes and demonstrations to children and their families. A cookbook with healthy recipes was created as a resource for the community. Rachel Rogers Sterling, VA Anime And You Rachel taught an anime/manga drawing class at Stone Middle school. She taught students the basic principles of drawing manga, anime, and cartoon characters through drawing techniques and character development. Sabrina Riordan Frederick, MD Dysautonomia/POTS Child/Teen Awareness Sabrina created and led Invisible Fighters - a group for teens living with incurable chronic illnesses like: Dysautonomia (POTS) & EDS. She also raised awareness in the community to help others understand these diseases. Catherine Salamone Potomac Falls, VA Stronger Knees, Fewer Injuries Catherine built an exercise program to prevent the risk of knee injury in young girls by providing athletes and coaches with injury prevention training and materials. Victoria Robinson Vienna, VA Environmental Education and Outreach for Tysons Last Forest Victoria worked in partnership with the Fairfax County Park Authority to design and implement a pilot project to introduce the use of QR codes on trails in local parks. Stephanie Schouw Walkersville, MD Walkersville Thrift Shop Remodeling Project Stephanie remodeled the Walkersville Thrift Shop. Along with a group of volunteers, Stephanie vacuumed floor to ceiling, scrubbed the floor, and washed and repainted the walls. Leanna Rodriguez Alexandria, VA Ready for Reading Fun Leanna hosted summer ESOL workshops for students in Pre-Kthrough 5th grade, helping to prevent summer learning loss for students who do not speak English first in their homes. Emma Schutzius Alexandria, VA Womenâ€™s Rights Festival Emma held a month-long event celebrating women. This festival included after school movie viewings, a book display, discussions, video announcements, and more! 2015 Award Yearbook 21 Gold Award Girl Scouts Kristina Seewald Vienna, VA Understanding Cancer, Causes, Effects and Prevention Kristina held two cancer awareness and prevention seminars at local elementary schools. Julia Sienkiewicz Bethesda, MD Projecting a Love of Science Julia planned and executed an extra curricular science fair featuring hands-on activities to teach students how to effectively conduct science experiments. Sophia Sempeles Fairfax, VA Family Recording Sophia led a video project at a local senior citizen home where residents were allowed to tell their life story on camera to focus on recapturing the lost tradition of storytelling within families. Caroline Simmons Great Falls, VA SAFE: Securing Animals in the Face of Emergencies Caroline created “SAFE: Securing Animals in the Face of Emergencies” to educate pet owners on protecting pets during a natural disaster or other emergency. Jennifer Shepheard Hagerstown, MD The Art of Healthy Living Jennifer painted a mural about life under the sea for a preschool, and taught lessons to the children about keeping our oceans and waterways clean. Marie Sinnicki Frederick, MD Save the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly! Marie hosted several seminars for children to bring awareness to the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly’s disappearance from Maryland. She also hosted a community planting day to create habitats for the butterfly. Allison R. Shulman Huntingtown, MD Going for the Gold Allison started a bowling program to help those with IDD develop better self-esteem and skills as they compete in the Special Olympics. Jessica Slye Luray, VA Diabetic Awareness Jessica created a mural for a free clinic which is frequented by many diabetics. She also created a pamphlet of warning signs and a diabetic friendly cookbook for their benefit. Gold Award Girl Scouts Carolina Sosa Centreville, VA Lunch Bunch Carolina empowered both elementary, middle, and high school students with mentoring sessions. She planned fun activities and engaged speakers related to college. Andress Stanley Washington, DC The Beauty in Me - Self Esteem Workshop Andress held a four-session workshop to build and encourage self-esteem in middle school girls. Catherine Spencer Silver Spring, MD Girls In STEM Workshop Catherine planned and executed a Women in STEM Workshop. Women in different stages of their careers educated and inspired girls at her school to explore STEM careers. Emily Staudmyer Waldorf, MD Jenifer Elementary School Book Swap and Ice Cream Social Emily’s project helped elementary age children and their families develop an interest and enthusiasm in reading. Kathleen Spurlock Burke, VA Natural Disaster Awareness and Prepardness Kathleen created presentations and brochures in five languages on natural disaster awareness and preparedness to present to local elementary schools. Nicole Stephens Vienna, VA Waste in the Watersheds Nicole educated her community on simple ways to prevent watershed pollution. Leilani Stacy Gaithersburg, MD A Little More Than Popcorn: Women’s Rights Awareness Workshop Leilani spread awareness about gender inequality in her community and around the world by hosting a Women’s Rights Awareness Workshop. Jessica Steves Frederick, MD The French Connection Jessica exposed fellow high school students to the benefits and uses of learning a world language. Her workshops were designed to increase cultural awareness and diversity at her school. 2015 Award Yearbook 23 Gold Award Girl Scouts Emma Stohlman Dumfries, VA Will Grayson Emma restored the Will Grayson Gazebo, which was in deteriorating condition. She created a system for volunteers to upkeep the property. Kriza Sy Potomac, MD The Bat-Man Project Kriza led a team in advocating for bat conservation and awareness among local youth and in building bat boxes for the local nature center to provide neighborhood bats with safe summer habitats. Haley Stumvoll Oakton, VA STEM Career Fair Preview Day Haley worked on increasing the number of girls interested in STEM by introducing them to female professionals in STEM through a STEM Career Preview Day. Catherine Ta Burke, VA Connecting Adults to the Digital Age Catherine designed presentations and lessons aimed toward helping Vietnamese speaking adults with limited English skills to use smart phones. Casey Suliga Manassas, VA Little Free Library Casey built a Little Free Library aimed at children ages 5-10. She collected book donations and, with help from volunteers, opened it to the public at a local bakery. Jennifer Ternullo Clifton, VA Developing and Testing an English Language Curriculum for Rural Students in Thailand Jennifer developed an agriculturalbased curriculum to assist students whose families live and work nearby the Pootalewishshalai School. She taught students basic English skills necessary for working in agricultural trade. Maya Elizabeth Sullivan Upper Marlboro, MD Feel Like Princess Spa Day Maya organized a spa day for teens with cancer and other illnesses to help with self-esteem, combating teen stress, and educating on proper nail, facial, and makeup application during treatments. Gabrielle Tharkur Ashton, MD Canâ€™t Stop the Beat Gabrielle taught free dance classes at the Stepping Stones Shelter to give underprivileged children access to the art of dance for free. Gold Award Girl Scouts Yande Thiaw McLean, VA Read Along Books Yande recorded childrenâ€™s books on tape for an underfunded school in Washington DC. She also recorded comprehension questions and created worksheets that the students and teachers could use to gauge their understanding of the books. Leslie Vidal Manassas Park, VA Cabin Camp 4 Reparation Leslie replaced benches and cleaned the Council Ring at Camp 4 in the Prince William Forest Park. Justine Tran Fairfax, VA Helping Hands Justine organized workshops and lessons for special needs students at her school every Thursday for two months to teach them social and business skills. Michelle Vu Arlington, VA Vietnamese Cooking Workshop Michelle hosted a cooking workshop where she provided recipes to a mostly teen audience about quick and easy ways to cook meals for a busy schedule and to build independence. Jioni Tuck Washington, DC Spanish Immersion at the Eaton After School Program Jioni created and directed an after school Spanish immersion program where Wilson High School students teach Spanish to John Eaton Elementary School students twice a week. Jessica Vu Fairfax, VA Project HOPE (Hold On, Pain Ends) Jessica created Project H.O.P.E (Hold On, Pain Ends) to inform her community of the dangers of bullying and what they could do to prevent it. Kathryn Vanek Ashburn, VA Educating Elementary Students About Lyme Kathryn created a short educational video about ticks and Lyme disease prevention and presented it at a local elementary school for 4th and 5th graders. Caitlin Wagner Warrenton, VA Grace Church Stewardship of Creation Trail Caitlin constructed a fourteen station Creation Trail at Grace Episcopal Church to encourage community members to strengthen their spirituality and foster stewardship for the world. 2015 Award Yearbook 25 Gold Award Girl Scouts Erin Wall Arlington, VA Healthy Eating Encouragement Paintings at GMU Child Care Center Erin used her artistic skills to model healthy eating habits for children at the George Mason University Child Development Center. She painted canvasses using childrenâ€™s characters eating healthy foods. Jaelen White Vienna, VA Encouraging Young Musicians Jaelen created an after school program for local elementary school students in the strings program in which she focused on developing passion. Dana Webb Herndon, VA Youth Singing and Dancing Camp Dana planned, organized, and led a dance camp for younger children at the Laurel Learning Center. The camp taught the children how to express themselves in a healthy way through dance. Brenna Whitten Fairfax, VA Music in Haiti Brenna taught children in Haiti how to play simple songs on the recorder. She also sought out donations and was able to give 30 recorders to the school. Jenalynn Weed Manassas, VA One Word at a Time Jenalynn created a literacy program at her local elementary school. Her program focused on creating a classroom library resource for students to be able to increase their literacy skills in the classroom and at home. Mackenzie Williams Chantilly, VA Veteran Video Mackenzie created a Veterans Video to inform her school community about the wide range of veteran experiences. She organized a team that interviewed veterans, edited the video clips, and posted it on YouTube. Katherine Weems Purcellville, VA Viking Buddies Katherine created and ran a mentor program at her school. The students met weekly to discuss problems that arose in their lives. Sydney Wolk Silver Spring, MD First Aid Sydney created a program to teach age appropriate skills to be used in basic first aid situations. Gold Award Girl Scouts Veronica Wood Herndon, VA Comfort for the Homeless Veronica facilitated sessions to provide education, instructions, and opportunities to make blankets that were donated to the homeless community in Virginia. Alexandra Zabela Leesburg, VA Intro to American Sign Language Alexandra raised awareness of the communication methods for deaf people living in the United States. Alexandra taught American Sign Language (ASL) to children aged 5-10 years old and their families. Emma Woods Woodbridge, VA Get UR Move On! Emma started a club for 5th grade girls called Get Ur Move On where she taught nutrition and fitness lessons. The girls learned how to eat right and how to have fun while exercising. Jaclyn Zaybekian New Market, MD Adopt a Freshman Jackie developed a mentoring program that paired incoming freshman with an upperclassman mentor. Its purpose was to help ease the transition into high school. Congratulations! 2015 Award Yearbook 27 Silver Award Girl Scouts The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can achieve. This award recognizes girls who participated in a range of take action projects benefiting their communities. Through their projects, the girls listed in this yearbook learned leadership and organizational skills, explored potential career paths, and improved their communities. Congratulations to the following Silver Award Girl Scouts: Maryam Abdou Umniya Abdu Harper Abott Lauren Adams Maddy Adams Margaret Adams Morgan Agnew Madeleine Rose Aiello LeBeau Mikayla Alberico Alexis Alexander Mersadies Alexander Nadia Ali Nadine Alkaragholi Alexys Allison Erin Allor Haleigh Altersitz Caroline Amadeo Tahsin Amin Cameron Anderson Candace Anderson Diamond Chynel Anderson Nia Ameerah Anderson Madison Andres Kavya Annapareddy Victoria Anthony Adriana Apintiloaiei Rachel Appleby Grace Aprahamian Lindsey Arden-Ekanger Madison Nicole Atticle Lubna Azmi Kelley Bagdovitz Ann Baker Kelly Marisa Ballard Medhaa Banaji Lena Barber Julia Barnes Katie Barr Grace Barthel Izzy Bartholomaus Anithia Battle Faye Bauer Marlena Bauroth Ellen Beal Jane Bearce Ebby Beatrice Katie Becker Carole Beckhorn Cameron Bell Katelyn Beltran Katharine Benic Hannah Berg Sarah Berlin Allison Berry Elisabeth Betts Elina Bhagwat Karanina Bhattachariee Katie Bidwell Cathleen Biegun Laura Biwer Ayanna Black Hannah Blaine Skylar Blankenship Morgan Blanks Gabrielle Block Chaya Blonder Gena Boice Madeline Bonchick Gabriela Bonina Hailey Booth Alexis Borczuch Anna Borisova Imiloa Borland Rebecca Bouey Emma Bower Emily Bowman Peyton Boyd Carolyn Boyer Emma Bradley Emma Brahmey Allison Branch Ashley Briggs Maggi Brindle Marisa Brock Taylor Brooks Jenise Brothers Aminah Brown Jessica Brown Tayah Brown Ryan A. BrownCovington Lauren Browning Kristen Bryant Lexi Bucher Natalie Buckwold Haley Buffenbarger Kayla Burgess Sammy Burgess Chelsea Burke Grace Burker Summer Burkett Ashley Burns Silver Award Girl Scouts Shelvonne Burton Sydney Burzynski Elizabeth Busch Katie Bushman Alli Butler Kira Buttrey Lillian Byer AnneMarie Caballero Madison Cahill Katie Calvo Delaney Campbell Gabrielle Campbell Clare Cangelosi Katie Cannon Elizabeth Caohuy Martine Cardichon Emily Carpenter Josie Carter Mabel Carter Nyema Carter Mary Cartwright Shannon Casey Natalie Casis Estelle Casper Sara Castellano Rachael Castle Amanda Castor Clare Cawley Kyleigh Cespedes Julie Charlebois Katie Charlebois Thao Vi Chau Elise Chen Alyssa Chiado Sydney Chiat Maia Chibber Tivoli Chichester Emily Childress Jasmine Chin Colleen Choi Mary Choi Riley Chugg Britney Chung Alex Ciccone Sinead Claffey Rebekah L. Clark Whitney Clarke Amber Clauss Leilani Clement Tori Clements Emily Clemm Lauren Clizbe Elizabeth Coffey Kora Coker Margaret Anne Colangelo Corinne Cole Patterson Conley Lauryn M. Cook Olivia Cook Willitta Cooper Annabelle Coppersmith Kalin Cormack KathrynCortiz Rachel Corwell Brianne Covington Erin Cowan Katherine Cox Michayla Cox-Smith Stephanie Crawford Abby Critlenden Tara Croce Eirian Crocker Briana Cronmiller Hannah Crosby Emma Crouch Allyson Crowe Kate Croxton Kirsten Crump Alexis Cuevas Amanda Culp Payton Cumbie Kayla Currie Tatyana Curry Kaitlyn Dailey Annalese Dallos Maggie Daly Isabelle Dang Jasmine Dantzler Michelle Dao Stephanie Dao Fatimah Davdashi Gwyn Davies Danielle Davis Kathryn Davis Crestienne DeChaine Peninah Deichman Stephanie Deichman Maddison Dejewski Jessica Delapehha Taylor Deltaven Elizabeth Dennis Natalie Helen Dennis Rose Dennis Meghan E. DeSantis Aatmika Deshpande Kaitlyn Desmond Danielle DeVere Jilliann Dewney Rachael Dickenson Mollee Dieffenderfer Katherine Dimond Elizabeth Dion Gianna DiRenzo Pam Dobberthien Isis Dominguez Cassidy Donaghy Kate Donie Laura Donohue Colette Donovan Tanaja Douglass Eleanor Doyon Julia L. Drennan Anjeli Dubey Kyla Dungan Cydney Dyson Bailey Eagle Sophia Ebanks Rory Edgar Willow Edge Jahdae Edwards Kiera Edwards Sarah Cassidy Edwards Hannah Eggleston Sarah Elbeshbishi Mrwa Elfaki Lela Ellerbe Faith Elliott Hannah Eng Ayse J. Erbas Mary Claire Erickson Jillian Ernst Kari Eskeland Kathryn Evans Serena Marie Farmer Marissa Fedora Nadia Fenstermuker Alexa Fezuk Jessica Fieffer Barrett Fife Mikaela Beverly Figueroa-Lam Rachel Fink Caitlin Firth Claire Fisher Elise Flick Eleanor Flynn Madalin Flynn Nevaeh Ford Kaila Foster Alyssa Fox Fiona Franke 2015 Award Yearbook 29 Silver Award Girl Scouts Laurel Fredericks Ahava Freeman Danielle Friedlander Danielle Frye Isabel Frye Ainsley Fuhrman Alexis Furrell Abigal Gagemeier Asha Gaines Kaleigh Gammons Helen Ganley Michelle Garcia Catherine Gardiner Kelsey Garner Claire Elyse Garster Jacqueline Gavin Kelsey Regine GeorgeWilliams Abigail Gerstman Elizabeth Gibson Julia Giglio Ella Gilles Katie Glascock Emma Goodenow Zoe Goodin Grace Goodman Madison Gordon Alexis Grabenstein Lauren Graf Syeirra Graham Rachael Graine Sara Grammer Malina Grande Cecilia Gray Morgan Greer Monica Gregory Sierra Grey-Coker Lena A. Grimsley Nova Grissom Chloe Gross Hannah Grossman Charlotte Gruber Gabriella Guadalupe Bonnie Guattasi Kaitlyn Guettler Katie Gugino Mythili Gunaratnam Erica Guthrie Tiffany Shaun Ha Rosie Hackman Claire Hafer Nicole A. Halleck Sahaadat HammedOwens Meghan Hancock Colleen Lorraine Hanson Eeshah Haq Mya Harding Kathryn E. Hardy Lauren Hargrave Adelaide Harris Angel Nicole Harrison Brittney Hart Catherine Hartnett Deija Hatcher Lauren Hawkins Margarita Jonna Heber Gabrielle Olivia Heinze Perla Rae Henderson Kayla Henesy Alyssa Hepworth Genevieve Herbert Jenna Herbert Alyssa Herbst Christina M. Herman Lauren Herring Audra Heyne Claire Hibbeln Caroline Hickman Claire Nicole Hieonymus Lindsey Lee Higham Smith Alexis Hill Kaitlin Hill Kelly Hill Melanie Hillelsohn Allison Hilligoss Jouia Ho Mi Ho Vanessa Ho Elizabeth Hoeymans Sierra Marie Hoffman Jessica R. Hogbin Ziyah Holman Brittney Holmes Madigan Holt Lyla Hong Olivia Hooe Lan Hooton Ellecia Hopkins Nesya Hopkins Laura Mae Hornick Cecillia Hornyak Caroline Hoskins Jessica Hubbard Kaycee Lauren Hubbard Kyndall Hubbard Mollie Hubble Rachel Hubbuch Miranda Huffer Lucy Hughes Rose Hull Gretchen Hundertmark Karla Hunt Kimberly Hurd Grace Hutcherson Claire Hutcheson Zahraa Ibrahim Amber Ignatowski Brianna Ingram Fyzah Islam Disha Jain Victoria Lynn James Colleen Jender Mallari Jender Aaliyah Johnson Emily C. Johnson Emma Johnson Laurielle Johnson Leela Johnson Maya Johnson Savannah Johnson Serheni'te Johnson Margaret Johnston Margaret Griffin Johnston Alyssa Jones Elizabeth Jones Ellen Jones Sydne Jones Bryn Kabiri Tanaya Kalburgi Tessa W. Kanstoroom Jillian Grace Karbett Hafsa Karim Margaret Lyn Kaysak Zainab Kazaure Summer Keating Tara Keenan Rebecca Kellam Brynne Keller Shannon Kelliher Aileen Rose Kelly Kathleen Kelly Regan Kelly Rachel Kennealy Delia Kenny Megan Kerchaert Liz Kern Sarah Kessler Amber Ketzenberger Hana Khan Lily Khochareun Silver Award Girl Scouts Mary Kilgallon Ashley Kim Jenny Kim Allison King Imani Adele King Jodi King Lily Kirsch Nava Kiss Sara Kleine Katelin Kline Greta Knowles Samantha Knox Lilly Eunbyeol Ko Julianna Koert Anna Kohler Cecelia M. Kory Caroline J. Kotson Julianna Kovach Carlyn Kranking Maren Kranking Josefina Krasny Chelsea Kumah Bronte' Kutil Emily Kutsko Kaitlyn Kutz Lily Kyser Malorie Laferriere Samantha Lambert Kayli LaMontagne Katherine Lapan Destiny Laptad Nicole Larsen Lauren Lawson Mary "Bridget" Laychak Jeanne LeBlanc Alayna Lee Anh Lee Cassidy Lee Jaclyn Lee Kira Lehman Chloe Lenker Emily Leo Taryn Leoncavallo Eddissia K. Leslie Cleo Lewis Megan Lewis Mikayla Lewis Sophia Lieske Evelyn Lindeman Carly Logan Alicia Lopez Carsen Lottchea Rebecca Loveless Daylya Loy Jocelyn Lu Karla Frances Luff Matilda Lukacs Sivan Lurie Amelie Lutz Abbey Lyle Roxana Mabini Kelly Virginia MacGarrigle Alexandra MacNamara Melissa Magrath Caroline Magro Kelly Mai Olivia Mai Chatherine Mandable Alyssa Mangahas Lucy Mangum Veronica Mann Lauren Markwart Johana Marroquin Jennifer Marty Christine Mason Kaitlyn Mason Sophia Mau Monieya Debrae Maynor Carmen Mazyck Riley McConnell Traleia McCorkle Gabrielle McCoy Shannon McCullough Beatrice McDermott Kaitlyn McFarlane Cardelia McGale Rebekah LeAnna McLean Katelyn McNamara Megan McNulty Elizabeth Meade Julianna Meary Tanya Mekavibul Emily Melo Meredith Mercer Anna Merrill Meredith Meyer Savanna Meyers Logan Miller Meredith Miller Rachel Miller Rayanna Miller Samantha Miller Angela Minardi Janelle Mingoa Katherine Mirgon Jillian Misor Lisa Mitchell Juliana Monacci Elexis Mondor Shawntay Jynice Monroe Abby Moore Emily Moore Heather Moore Julia Moore Abby Morgan Emma Morgan Taylor Morris Traevia Morris Anna Morrison Jordan Athena Moskal Kelly Moton Elizabeth Muko Meaghan Mullins Alexandra Murphy Dana Murphy Lauren Noel Murphy Nicole Musa Alexa Muse Seerat Mutneja Alexandra Myers Allyson Myers Hannah Myers Amelia Nail Mira Nair Sakeenah Nasser Zoie Neal Ella Newman Lana Newman Ashley Nguyen Emily Nguyen Jasmine Nguyen Lani Nguyen Alexandra Nichols Karmen Nieves Kashi Nikore Alexis Novell Amara Novotny Ciara O'Brien Jennifer Ochs Megan O'Connor Amy Olea Cici Olea Kristin Omans Alejandra Oquendo Elizabeth Orsi Rebecca Osborne Kate O'Sullivan Serheni'te P.T. Johnson Abby Page Katie Pala Katherine Elizabeth Pallace Anjali Pancholi 2015 Award Yearbook 31 Silver Award Girl Scouts Mary Frances Papalia Danesia Parker Lily Parker Kaitlyn Parks Tabitha Parrish Mikalah Parsons Mira Pathak Erin Patton Laura Pavlak Celina Pearman Madeline K. Pearson Madeline Pechilis Claire Penaranda Kayla Perkins Kyndal Perry Kristina Peter Maddy Pfaff Laura Pham Rebecca Pham Dominique Phelps Alexis Piccolo Jazzmyn Theresa Pilkerton Julia Pimentel Sarah Pimentel Baily G. Pinckney Ashley Platenberg Eliza Poffenberger Emma Poletti Jessi Polliard Abby Polsky Nina Poole Mira Postelnek Talia Postelnek Abayomi Potter Elizabeth Potter Madison Powell Zoe Pownell Anna Prater Kyla Prentice Tasha Pressler Naya Preston Ernestine Priebe Katie Pullen Amulya Puttaraju Michelle Quach Jane Quakenbush Nolwenn Raballand Haley Raecke Raya Rahman Yoga Rajamani Adithi Ramakrishnan Nisha Ramamurthy Shreya Ramesh Rishika Randev Meredyth Rankin Sophia Ransom Alexandra Rashid Aqsa Rashid Sri Vaishnavi Rayarao Bridget Raymond Ellyn Rebein Cortney Reedy Charlotte Reid Addie Reno Lila Retting Shayna Retting Sarah Rhodes Alayna Ricard Zoe Rice Olivia Richards Francesca Riddlemoser Jenna Rios Ashley Ritt Cecilla Rivera Brianna Roberts Josephine Roberts Lucy Roberts Erika Robertson Kayla Robinson Makenna Noelle Robinson Melany Rodas Abigail Rodgers Tori Rodriguez Lindsay Rogers Erika Rollins Carla Rose Abigail Rothschild Chelsea Rowell Madison Rudd Alexandra Ruddy Audrey Rudy Madeline Rumingan Anna Runci Cora P. Runholt Amanda Rutledge Josephine Saikali Maria Saikali D'Leela E. Saiyed Zia Alexandra Sampson Zoe Adrianna Sampson Erin Sanders Gillian Sanders Cami Santa Anna Cathelene Sartori Akshata Sastry Lilly Sather Anna Sauls Lauren Elizabeth Savage Pharron Savage Hannah Schetselaar Peri Schiavone Nicole Schidt Renee Schidt Rebekah Schmidt Renee Schmidt Caroline Schneider Meredith Schulhof Alexandra Scott Alisa Scott Keely Scott Sydney Scott Katarina Seibert Jill Sekera Melina Seng Hannah Senior Kaitlin Sennewald McKayla Shaffer Hannah Shapiro Ishita Sharma Neha Sharma Lauren Makenzie Shavers Rachel M. Shaw Caitlin Sheedy Molly Sheets Brittany Shelley Emily Shepherd Haley Shokraei Asra Shuaib Natalie Sigauke Caitlin Siggins Heather L. Sillence Hannah Silman Olivia Capaci Simmons Ellen Sinmaft Nikita Sivakumar Jane Siwek Hannah Sliman Lillian Smeraldo Diana Smith Diana Kathryn Smith Violet Smith Illyanna Elizabeth Soares Brooke Solderich Savannah Solenberger Sierra Spearman Katherine Sperduto Rebecca Spillane Grace Springer Macia Stasko Silver Award Girl Scouts Katherine Steene Shay N. Steinkirchner Abigail Stevens Jenna Stewart Brooke Stockslager Lauren Stone Laura Stravach Morgan Strickland Olivia Strittmatter Mary Subia Neytra Subramaniam Rida Subzwari Amalia Sulk Megan Sullivan Moira Sullivan Tina Sumpter Mansi Sundrani Lauren Sutara Alix Swann Rebecca Synder Mary C. Szczerban Jessica Tansing Marius Taper Tracey Taylor Colette Termaat Allison Terry Charlotte Terry Esha Thomare Briana Thomas Casey Thompson Di'yanna Thompson Tatiyanna Thompson Olyvia Thompson Reagan Tobias Emma Tomb Simone Totten Amy Tran Kayla Tran Rose Tran Victoria Tran Helen Treadway Kourtney Tucker Elizabeth Turnage Christiana Turnbull Courtney Turner Melanie Turner Angelica Tyler Elena Ugarte Rajul Vadera Bette Vajda Sydney Vaka Carolyn Valdes Samatha Van Haaren Alexis Van Lenten Kelsie Vander Voort Annika Vargas Sophia Varnai Ashley N. Vauss Taylor Vigil Joseline Villa Jasmine Villanueva Gavrielle Villar Savanna Vitus Lydia Vlalsto Cindy Vo Elise Vu Ashlynn Waite Brittany Walker Kinsey Walker Tabitha Walker Carrie Walt Avery Walton Kelsey Ward Cate Wardinski Emily Warren Erin Warren Diamond Washington Madison Waugh Amelia Wear Alexandria White Haley White Rebecca Whitten Caitlin Williams Lydia Williams Mone Williams Titilayo Williams Emily Willson-Quayle Courtney Wilson Kate Wimbush Grace Winpigler Hayley Wisman Carter Witt Kaylee Wokeck Rena Wolinksy Makenzie Erin Wolk Emily Wood Tiara Wooden Maya Woods-Arthur Alexa Woodson Aria Wright Trinity Wright Elizabeth Wuck Michelle Wurmser Kayla Wyatt Grace Wyttenbach Jennifer Yan Caroline Yates Shiril Yedhara Alice Yeh Rebecca Yoder Rita Yoham Candace Yorkman Emily Young Sarah Young Shannon Young Alyssa Zahorchak Alexis Zayas Madison J. Zegel Megan Kristine Zegel Brittany Zeldow Alanna Zoscak Carrie Zurliene 2015 Award Yearbook 33 Silver Trefoil Award Girl Scouts The Silver Trefoil Award is a recognition that is unique to the Girl Scout Council of the Nationâ€™s Capital. It is awarded to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who have performed a minimum of 100 hours of service. To earn the Silver Trefoil Award, girls are required to provide 25 hours of national service (including 5 hours of Green service hours), 25 hours of global service, and 50 hours of service to the Girl Scout community. This year, we are honored to present the Silver Trefoil Award to: Adirah Abney Jerlena Adams Gabrielle Aguiar Claire Altherton Amanda Banks Molly Barkley Heather Bauer Dara L. Bean Emily Berdine Sahana Bhagat Hayley Birnbaum Hannah Boehlert Selin Bolayir Kimberly Brackett Jordan Imani Brandon Amber Nicole Braswell Courtney Brice Margaret Brindley Anna Broshkevitch Charlotte Brown Maggie Ann Brown Josette Bulova Amelia Burkley Kaitlin Campbell Colleen Campbell Tess Canning Molly Canning Sara Carter Paige Casey Madeline Casper Preethi Chaudhari Mary Elizabeth Cheney Polly Cheplick Alexis Cherry Maya Chung Grace Chung Randi Clayton Megan Lee Coffren Alexandra Cohen Meghan Connors Erica Natalie Cook Emma Cooper Renee Cotton Allison Cuesta Cynthia Cutler Olivia Davis Taylor Deacon Marzanne DeLapp de Anaya Genevieve DeRose Beth Dickman Meredith Dillard Angeles Dominguez Natalia Dominguez Courtney Edwards Marissa Einhorn Katherine V Ericson Angelica Felder Jordan H. Ferguson Maura Finn Katherina Forrest Camille Franks Sydney Fronck Caroline West Garman Colleen Gartin Mary Gay Naqiya Ghulamali Kiran Girish Natalie Goggins Emily Gorham Chayil Green Corina Gribble Kendra M. Grogan Reni Hadeishi Hannah Harmison Mya Harris Chloe Harris Gillian Hersh Emma Hibbard Rachel Hoyt Gabriella Hsieh Caitlin Huynh Silver Trefoil Award Girl Scouts Ayah Idris Sara Inglis Alliyah Jamison Kelly Jeffs Caitlyn Johannes Stephanie Johnson Kourtney Johnson Savannah Jones Monae A. Jones Kristin Joostema Jamie Kennedy Alye Kesselman Mirah Khalid Maya Khanna Caroline Kirk Sarah Kirk Aerin Kirk Erin Lafferty Katherine Larson Meredith Layman Sonia Lee Shelby Lee Rebecca Lehner Sarah Lervold Madison Lippy Taylor Luskey Emily Maddox Billie Males Danielle Mango Josephine Mark Michelle Lee Matoss Aliyah Dennise Matthews Robyn E. McArthur Mary McDonald Caila McHugh Sophia Mense Isabel Min Lauren Mizelle Monique Moore-Vereen Kelleen Moriarty Laurel Morton Katie Mulholland Aubrey Ann Murphy Alison Murphy Anna Myers Sita Nair Alyssa Niemi Rachell Odette Caitie O'Donnell Anna Nicole Paez Elizabeth Palmer Arzoo Paracha Jakari N. Partlow Veronica Philipps Rachal A. Pierce Erin Powell Lauren Powell Diamond Powell Morgan Powell Auria Pritchard Asia M. Proctor Meredith Prouty-Due Alexandra Ramella Leigh Rankin Amani Redic Jordan Rivers Katelyn Rowland Komal Sanghavi Emma Schutzius Devi Sharma Holly Simms Sai Singh Emily Stafira Sarah Steffens Sara Steggens Jacqueline C. Strange Haley Stumvoll Ramella Suber Catey Susco Tida Tambedou Colette Tarmaat Ellison Taylor Sara Taylor Angelina Taylor Anna Taylor Grace Tedrick Abigail Tisler Nila Toure Blair Noel Townsend Katie Mae Underkoffler Caroline Verrecchia Lydia G. Vlasto Mckenzie Walsh Maggie Weaver Valerie Welch Allie Welham Kira Wence Molly Wiles Kameron Wilhelm Lalah C. Williams Ellen Wilson Julianna Wiseman Madeline Wodaski Abigail C. Wojcik Veronica Wood Faith Wood Natalia Wyatt Michaela Zabel Carolyn Brooke Ziegler Sophia Zmorzenski 2015 Award Yearbook 35 Gold Award Scholarship Opportunities Many colleges and universities offer scholarships to Girl Scouts who have earned their Gold Award, and often a girlâ€™s Girl Scout experiences offer insight into her commitment to community service, leadership, and stewardship. This year, our Council offered high school seniors who earned their Gold Award the opportunity to apply for one of fourteen $1,000 educational scholarships. The Gold Award Scholarship Panel, comprised of members of the business community with a commitment to Girl Scouting, reviews written applications and identifies semifinalists to be interviewed in person at the Council office. Based on the interviews, committee members select the finalists. Sarah Phillips, a lifetime Girl Scout volunteer, provides our Council with a generous gift that supports ten Gold Award recipients with the Sarah and Lawrence Phillips Scholarship; a gift from an anonymous donor funds one Gold Award Scholarship in honor of Marilynn Carr, and an additional three Gold Award scholarships are available thanks to a generous endowment from lifetime Girl Scout volunteers Eva L. Woolridge and Lynn Seibert-Steptoe. Gold Award Scholarship Panel Panel Chair Sally Gere, Esq. Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia Suzanne Amsbaugh Community Volunteer Roland Hawthorne The Meltzer Group Maureen Lewis NTIA, Department of Commerce Emily Lindsay American University Mary Sheehan Community Volunteer Joseph T.N. Suarez, CFRE Booz Allen Hamilton Nancie Suzuki The Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation Stephanie Tsacoumis, Esq. Consumer Product Safety Commission Gina Wasson Community Volunteer Vicky A. Bailey Anderson Stratton Enterprises, LLC BHMM Energy Services, LLC Barbara Ostrom MacTech Engineering and Jeri Fellerman Consulting Eagle Bank Carolyn Ostrom Carin Gendell Community Volunteer The Gendell Group Karen Penn, Esq. Diversity & Inclusion Consultant The Girl Scout Promise On my honor, I will try: To serve God* and my country, To help people at all times, and To live by the Girl Scout Law. The Girl Scout Law I will do my best to be Honest and fair, Friendly and helpful, Considerate and caring, Courageous and strong, and Responsible for what I say and do, And to Respect myself and others, Respect authority, Use resources wisely, Make the world a better place, and Be a sister to every Girl Scout. *When making the Girl Scout Promise, individual members may substitute wording appropriate to their own spiritual beliefs for the word â€œGod.â€? Special Thanks A special thank you to all the parents, leaders, project advisors, and Council staff who help make Girl Scouting the best leadership experience for girls. Girl Scouts Nationâ€™s Capital deeply appreciates the Womenâ€™s Advisory Board for hosting Dine-Around events to mentor and support Girl Scouts as they strive to complete their Gold Award projects. Faye Fields President of the Board Lidia Soto-Harmon Chief Executive Officer Colleen Cibula Chief Operating Officer Brigid Howe Manager of Program Services Rosa Riley Teen Program Specialist Marymagdaline Onyango Program Assistant Carrie Banachowski Council Liaison to the Womenâ€™s Advisory Board Zofeea Genota and Nancy Wood Publications A Gift for Graduating High School Seniors Deadline: Sept 1, 2015 A Lifetime Connection to the Girl Scout Mission! For a limited time only, give a special lifetime Girl Scout membership to registered Girl Scouts (14-17 years old) at the time of their high school graduation for a reduced cost of $195 (regularly $375). Purchase lifetime membership by September 1, 2015 at www.gscnc.org Invest in Girls Girls benefit from the leadership experience they gain in Girl Scouting. Help more girls experience the same opportunities by making a gift to our annual giving campaign, SHARE. Visit our website www.gscnc.org to donate 2016 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Gold Award Family. Stay connected and join us in celebrating this momentous occasion. Visit www.gscnc.org and complete our alumnae survey at Once a Girl Scout, Always a Girl Scout.