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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Creating girls of courage, confidence and character for more than 100 years.
Wyoming United Methodist Church Dover, Delaware
Girl Scout Promise Girl Scout Law 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.
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.
On behalf of the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, I am pleased to welcome you to the second On My Honor: A Celebration of Achievement Ceremony. 2012 has been designated as the Year of the Girl in honor of Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary. The girls receiving awards today exemplify what the ToGetHerThere campaign is all about—girls achieving their highest leadership potential. Collectively, these girls represent the best in Girl Scouting. The Take Action projects for the Girl Scout Bronze Award by Girl Scout Juniors may focus on service in support of the Girl Scout movement, while projects for the Girl Scout Silver Award and Girl Scout Gold Award are expected to reach beyond Girl Scouting. It is in fully exploring their communities that our older girls exemplify the Girl Scout mission to “Build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.” Today is also an opportunity to congratulate girls with 10 years of membership for their long-term dedication to Girl Scouting. At this ceremony, we also begin a new tradition, of recognizing girls who have 13 years as a Girl Scout – from kindergarten through 12th grade. Our graduating high school seniors will also be recognized as they complete their years as a girl in Girl Scouting. We wish them much success in the future and hope they continue to stay involved – as troop leaders, volunteers, alumnae and lifetime members of Girl Scouting. To the hundreds of parents, families, friends and supporters in attendance today – we thank you for the support and love you have given these girls to help them achieve these honors.
Mistresses of Ceremonies Kiley Tucker, Girl Scout Senior Devon Ragolia, Girl Scout Senior
Caller, Katie Maher, Girl Scout Ambassador
Reverend Patti Collett
Comments from Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay CEO, Anne T. Hogan and Board Chair, Lynne S. Shand
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Ashley Barnas, Delaware Online Lead Video Producer
Candle Ceremony Awards Presentation
Chief Executive Officer Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay
The Girl Scout Bronze Award Girls must be in fourth or fifth grade and a registered Girl Scout Junior. The Girl Scout Bronze Award is a team-based project earned by a group of Girl Scouts. The group’s Take Action Project focuses on something the girls care about that addresses a community need. After the project is complete, girls develop an understanding of sustainability by talking together about how solutions can be lasting. Girls spend a minimum of 20 hours working on their projects.
Troop Leader: Wendy Johnston Elizabeth Criss Jacqueline Mueller
Troop Leader: Trina Felton Sarah Howard Ja’Dai Johnson Alicia Toomey
Troop Leader: Kili Witt Grace Rowan
Troop Leader: Debbie Petka Jessica Simmons
Troop Leader: Cindy Krams Laura Grunza
Troop Leader: Penny Hill Savitha Thiruchittampalam
Troop Leader: Karen Warner Page Athey Claire Marshall Ashlyn Warner
Troop Leader: Nancy Alexander Kristina Alexander Kayla Curran Hayley Halloran Abigail Kane Darby Klopp Leah Marsh Haley Tingle Shelby Tobat
Troop Leader: Rita McDowell Moira Carroll Theresa Edwards Kayleigh Glavin Rita McDowell Abigail Rzucidlo Allison Stuebing
Troop Leader: Kathy Fintak Kaitlyn Fintak C’Yenna Jaynes
Troop Leader: Elizabeth Fearnow Maleah Chumley Logan Hughes Alexandra May Virginia Welch
Troop Leader: Mary Gallo Melina Carradin
Troop Leader: Penny Slavin Emily Milligan Cierra Mohr Kennedy Thompson Jamiah Weston
Troop Leaders: Fern Chandler Melissa Lowman Imani Henry Madison Jones Kayla Kinnard April Pollins
Troop Leader: Susan Finizio Maggie Coons Olivia Finizio Erin Fleming Sydni Hopes Ali Miller Sarah Rossi Danielle Nathan Alonia Needs Katrina Nix Adyana Trudel
Troop Leader: Monaya Henderson Ahmani Henderson
Troop Leader: Linda Ritter Maddie Baird Cheyenne Davis Angela Marra Kailey Olinger Carolynn Ritter
Troop Leader: Lori Hammond Katelynn Cherry Mackenzie Collins Katie Hammond Emma Johnson Rebekah Lankford Hailey Leonard Lilly Catlin Chloe Milligan Sarah Robinson Raven Wheat
Troop Leader: Debra McKinney Madelyn Farrow Alissa Harrington Aubrey Malloy Alexa McCracken Georgia McKinney Cara Parker Zoe Quevedo
Troop Leader: Heather Sullivan Kaiya Siggers Mia Fisher Gabriela Giorgi Samantha Glenn LeAnna Holmes Lauren Hornsby Abigail Hughes Colleen Sullivan
Troop Leader: Mary Denver Abigail Able Rachel DiFuccia Aubrey Hill Helen Kidder Alexandra Kunkel Irene Ragan Emily Rapposelli Alex Trupkiewicz Elizabeth Zatalava
Troop Leader: Renee Nelson Vanesha Nelson
Troop Leader: Cheryl Wood Cianna Botson Hannah Eleutheriou Shalinhi Sivaram Charmaine Wood
Troop Leader: Susan Karschner Leigh Bowers Ciani Goslee Julia Karschner Alaysia Longmire Emily Myers McKenzie Yasack Alexandra Zeller
Troop Leader: Angela Robinson Gillian Barr Hannah Burchard Taylor Dodd Courtney Edwards Zoey James Emily Robinson Julianna Sterling
Troop Leader: Kris Miller Claire Burgazli Jessica Burtell Anneliese Clair Jazmine Harrison Kyla Laster Sydney Miller Dominika Nowakowicz Elli Runner-Draper Madeline Scalia Sarah Smith
Troop Leader: Shadow Parker Kailee Daisy Briana Edwards Rayne Ruark Kathryn Van Pelt
Troop Leader: Wendy Gordon (former) Kara Cumiskey (current) Celia Cumiskey Madison Page Katherine Shehan
Troop Leaders: Donna Allen-Woolfolk Tasha Roberts Asia Church Elise Davis Jade Hopkins Carissma McGee Alexandria Pointer Adriana Prado-Burris Lynn Roberts Lena Underwood Jessica Williams DeAnna Woolfolk
Troop Leader: Anita Harsh Abigail Harsh
Troop Leaders: Angela Beach Robin Smith Courtney Adams Heather Beach Sydney Christian Caroline Hazuda Leah Hellwege Krista Neale Caroline Odell Julia Redpath Katie Schiwy Savanna Smith
The Girl Scout Silver Award Girls must be in sixth, seventh or eighth grade and a registered Girl Scout Cadette. To earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, they must develop an individual or group Take Action Project that makes the local neighborhood or community better. Girls connect with new friends outside their immediate community, learn how others have solved similar problems and determine if the ideas of others can help with their plan.
Troop Leader: Wendy Johnston Melody Cerro Mikaela Johnston
Troop Leader: Dawn Selhorst Kamryn Babylon Mackenzie Carey Tori DeFelice Kyra Gangemi Seneca Hill Madelyn Messick Jordan Selhorst Mackenzi Selhorst Breana Smith
Troop Leader: Charyll Grayson Samantha Martin Abigail Morrell Kiley Tucker
Troop Leader: Sherry Garrison Sabriyyah Hobby Shantiyyah Hobby Brealyn Garrison Nakiya Goicuria
Troop Leader: Karen Warner Devon Warner
Troop Leaders: Monica Kay Sharla Rice-Moore Kashmira Brown-Rochester Sydney Kay Shayla Moore
Troop Leader: Alycia Cloud Chloe Cather Rowan Cloud
Troop Leader: Debbie Pippin Brooke Hollis
Troop Leader: Joann Bruch Taylor Michael Emily Richardson
Troop Leader: Denni Matz Kelsey Oldland
Troop Leader: Becca Gulino Marilyn Ferrari Ava Gulino Demetria Ruhl Ameerah Taylor
Troop Leader: Elisha Jenkins Eryne Jenkins
Troop Leader: Debbie Dotson Ashley Atkins Maia Brittingham Samantha Ewancio Devyn Friesner Peyton Goslee Paige McWilliam Michelina Sanders Tori Shriner
Troop Leader: Laura Shorter Katherine Larrimore
Troop Leader: Crystal Sipes Breanna Sipes
Troop Leader: Dana Baker Kaity Baker Brittany O’Drain
Troop Leader: Mary Denver Alexandra Trupkiewicz
Troop Leader: Susan Byers Emily Byers Allison Morris
Troop Leader: Christine Albanese Jessica Albanese Madison Schulz
Troop 1090 Troop Leader: Joy Bohn Jade Arthur
Troop Leader: Penny Hill Bianca Thiruchittampalam
Troop Leader: Sami Charkow Monica Peck
Troop Leader: Clare Ross Shelby Barnes Lexi Gale Heather Matthews Cayley Ross
Troop Leader: Terry Hohman Frances Buckley Marissa Hohman Leah O’Neill Megan Reynolds Rose Reynolds Eden Rickolt Laura Rzucidlo Megan Smith Caroline Wilson Katherine Zunino
Troop Leader: Janet Maher Carly Uba
Girl Scout 10 Year Pin Recipients Kaitlyn Baker, Troop 899 Elizabeth Biener, Troop 510 Jenna Rae Carmean, Troop 499 Melody Cerro, Troop 48 Lindsay Chase, Troop 399 Emily Ciuffetelli, Troop 927 Gwen Diebold, Troop 510 Carol Dougherty, Troop 512
Marissa Hohman, Troop 1293 Kristina Johnson, Troop 510 Mikaela Johnston, Troop 48 Sarah Kubat, Troop 512 Kelsey Oldland, Troop 499 Megan Reynolds, Troop 1293 Rose Reynolds, Troop 1293 Eden Rickolt, Troop 1293
Kelsi Ronning, Troop 399 Laura Rzucidlo, Troop 1293 Alexandria Spaccarelli, Troop 499 Sarah Strobel, Troop 909 Carly Uba, Troop 1485 Caroline Wilson, Troop 1293
Girl Scout 13 Year Pin Recipients Emily Brindle, Troop 897 Emma Brown, Troop 1453 Kara Carmean, Troop 499 Maria Centrone, Troop 897
Kayla Ennis, Troop 246 Michaelina Jones, Troop 510 Melissa Matsanka, Troop 897 Casey McCormick, Troop 897
Heather Moore, Troop 1092 Tara Petka, Troop 1090 Hannah Zimmerman, Troop 897
Girl Scout Graduating Seniors Elizabeth Biener, Troop 510 Emily Brindle, Troop 897 Kara Carmean, Troop 499 Maria Centrone, Troop 897
Emily Ciuffetelli, Troop 927 Michealina Jones, Troop 510 Melissa Matsanka, Troop 897 Casey McCormick, Troop 897 7
Heather Moore, Troop 1092 Hannah Zimmerman, Troop 897
What will you be remembered for? Girl Scout Gold Award Girls must be in ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade and a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador. The project must be sustainable and last after the girl’s involvement ends. A focus on education and raising awareness is one way to make sure a project is carried on. Workshops and hands-on learning sessions can inspire others to keep the project going. Another way to create a sustainable project is by collaborating with community groups, civic associations, non-profit agencies, local government, and/or religious organizations to ensure the project lasts beyond the girl’s involvement. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve. The Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who have earned this award have invested 80 or more hours into their projects. They have entered an elite sisterhood – only about five percent of Girl Scouts nationally have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. If added up, the amount of hours put into these community service projects this year by the 13 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients in our council would be more than 1,000 hours!
Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients
Troop 897, Newark,DE Parents: Mark and Sonja Brindle Troop Leader/Girl Scout Gold Advisor: Colette Matsanka Elementary Education Before beginning work on her Girl Scout Gold Award, Emily knew she wanted to educate people about the importance of healthy eating and nutrition, as the topic had always interested her. She finally decided to go back to her old grade school and teach the children in grades K - 5 about how to eat right and why it is so important. Her main goal for this project was to not only impact the young students of Holy Angels, but their parents and teachers as well. With the obesity epidemic on the rise, she thought that by teaching the importance of healthy eating to kids, they could then go on and educate their friends and parents.
Troop 1453, Claymont, DE Parents: David and Riva Brown Troop Leaders: Riva Brown and Lisa Leach Girl Scout Gold Advisor: Carolyn Gatti Patriotism and Respecting the American Flag Project Emma’s Girl Scout Gold Award project educated her community and surrounding communities about a topic that is often overlooked. Patriotism is important and there is a system of etiquette that people both young and old often forget. To combat this, her multi-faceted project reached many audiences. Her project included promoting the topic at local community days and ceremonies as well as teaching at schools, churches, and camps. For the continuity portion of the project, she created a lesson kit and made copies for multiple educational institutions and the organizations that sponsored the project. She also had “Flags-for-Retirement” donation boxes placed at two local churches, and collaborated with Boy Scouts at a third church that holds bi-annual Flag Retirement Ceremonies. During the course of the project, she provided children and adults with hands-on crafts, fun games, and information which directly taught about the significance of American patriotism in our past, present, and future, and how to uphold principles that promote respect for the American Flag and our country. 9
Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients
Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients Emily Ciuffetelli
Troop 897, Newark, DE Parents: Patty and Joe Centrone Troop Leader/Girl Scout Gold Advisor: Colette Matsanka Kibble and Cuddles Maria’s Girl Scout Gold Award project had two parts. She made blankets for both dogs and cats housed at the Delaware Humane Society as well as collected pet food which was made free to families struggling to afford their pet’s food. Maria chose this project because of her love for animals.
Troop 927, New Castle, DE Parents: Nan and Al Ciuffetelli Troop Leader: Nan Ciuffetelli Girl Scout Gold Advisor: Della Thomas If Hands Could Talk One day at a theater rehearsal, Emily learned from an interpreter from the Delaware School for the Deaf (DSD) that the school did not have a theater program. She decided to develop “If Hands Could Talk”, and met with Della Thomas, the head of DSD, to discuss her idea of creating and teaching a theater program. Her next step was to create a lesson plan for the program. She used the GLE’s and standards for theater on the University of Delaware’s website to come up with a schedule. DSD covered the cost of two interpreters for her so she could communicate. She taught two classes a week for an hour and half. One day the students asked Emily if they could do a play. She found two one acts suitable for the kids and split them up into two groups and worked with them for the last two weeks of the program. At the end, Della asked the theater students what they had learned, and Emily was ecstatic to hear their answers. Just watching the kids grow right before my eyes was incredible. One student in particular went from not talking or participating at all to running up to join the game before anyone could raise their hand. Another student new to the school became much more fluent in ASL because of the program. DSD’s theater program will start up again in a few months.
Kayla Ennis Lindsay Chase
Troop 399, Centreville, MD Parents: Debbie and Steve Chase Troop Leader: Andrea Alduino Girl Scout Gold Advisor: Heather Rausch Wagging Tales Lindsay’s Girl Scout Gold Award project included running a reading therapy program at the Queen Anne’s County Library. Her project promoted literacy and encouraged children with speech impediments or difficulty reading aloud to discover the joy in reading. By using a dog as a non-judgmental audience, children could build confidence, practice their skills and work on their fluency. Reading has always been an important part of Lindsay’s life and she wanted to share that with others and give them the opportunity to stretch their world through books and become stronger, more confident readers. 10
Troop 246, Salisbury, MD Parents: Kimberly Somers and Robert Ennis Troop Leader/Girl Scout Gold Advisor: Brandie Campbell Kayla’s Educational Center for Children Kayla renovated and converted an unsightly storage area at the Salisbury Fraternal Order of Eagles to provide children a free private organized safe environment where they can work on homework, read, play educational games, socialize and access interactive computer learning programs. She solicited the help of two Girl Scout troops, several high school friends and family members to help with the removal of a cigarette machine, reorganization of an alternative storage area, ceiling replacement, electric upgrades, lighting upgrades, the walls were painted, and the installation of new trim. Area rugs, chairs, desks, counters, bookcases, office supplies, puzzles, books, crayons, markers, pencils, pens, and computers were solicited and installed. A ribbon cutting ceremony for her project was held on September 25, 2012. She is very proud of her project because it has proven to be very successful and highly utilized. This project was important to her because she feels it will provide a positive impact for many of our future leaders. 11
Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients
Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients
Troop 1048 Troop Leader: Eileen Staley Girl Scout Gold Advisor: Karen Mulrooney Padua Academy Horticultural Club Oliviaâ€™s Girl Scout Gold Award project helped improve the front landscape at her school, Padua Academy. Olivia noticed that there was not an inviting front scene for prospective students, and she also noticed that there was no student horticultural club. Olivia decided that she would start a horticultural club in order to inform those who are curious about planting and horticultural and the club would redesign the front landscape. This horticulture club makes a global impact by informing the members about the environment. By starting this club, Olivia learned about hard work, the challenge of keeping people excited about a cause and what it takes to be a leader. The most successful part of her project was the inspiration that she brought out from her classmates, and the enthusiasm for her club. She said that the need for the club was beyond what she had previously thought when starting it. In the front landscape of Padua Academy, Olivia and the Horticultural Club planted 50 mums, 6 hydrangeas, and 150 small liropes. The club changes the display of the landscape depending on the seasons and the holidays. Olivia believes she has helped her school through this project, and she has encouraged those around her to cultivate their interests.
Troop 897, Newark, DE Parents: Colette and Glenn Matsanka Troop Leader: Colette Matsanka Girl Scout Gold Advisor: Barbara Snively Angels Go Green Melissa chose her Girl Scout Gold Award project based on her passion for recycling and the environment. She implemented a school-wide recycling program at her old elementary school by contacting the school, buying and labeling recycling bins, and creating a procedures manual for recycling. She also created and taught lessons to 12 classes. In addition, Melissa started and moderated a monthly environmental/recycling club. She believes she has influenced the students at Holy Angels through her project and helped them develop awareness of what they could do, as students, to help the environment and recycle and how students can help in the recycling effort at their own school. 12
Troop 897, Newark, DE Parents: Kathy and Kevin McCormick Troop Leader: Colette Matsanka Girl Scout Gold Advisor: Lisa Zimmerman Growing Gardens of Learners Casey partnered with the fifth grade at Holy Angels for her Girl Scout Gold Award project to design, build and plant a garden of plants native to Delaware. She worked with the class to make personalized stepping stones for the garden and held a dedication ceremony that was attended by the principal, teachers and students. The garden will be used by all grades at Holy Angels as a learning tool.
Troop 11, Wilmington, DE Parents: Renee and Sean Naughton Troop Leader: Jackie Schaus Girl Scout Gold Advisor: Kim Dickerson Science Explorers For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Caitlyn developed a two-week science camp for the children at the Early Learning Center. The large-scale project was innovative, creative and had a lasting impact. Caitlyn created outlines, trained members of her team and then provided directions and supplies so the teachers at the ELC could continue to implement the program into the future. Caitlyn chose a science-related project because she felt too many times younger children are not introduced to the more interesting aspects of science because they are perceived to be young and cannot handle it. Caitlyn believes her project proved that to be wrong. 13
Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients
Troop 1090, Dover, DE Parents: Debbie and Chris Petka Troop Leader: Joy Bohn Girl Scout Gold Advisor: Jan Kirk Survivor Camp Tara’s Girl Scout Gold Award project was to take 12 children camping for the weekend, who normally would not have had the opportunity. She arranged for many activities over the course of the weekend. They learned how to do zip line, how to put the harness on and how to make sure they were being safe. They also were taught how to canoe and kayak including basic safety rules such as putting on a life jacket and paddling in the water. The last thing they were taught was archery and all related safety rules that go with using a bow and arrow. They learned to love camping outside, tent set-up and basic cooking skills. The boys tried rabbit and deer meat and -- much to their surprise -- they enjoyed the new foods! The campers had a great time and would like to go camping again.
Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients
Troop 897, Newark, DE Parents: Lisa and Arthur Zimmerman, Jr. Troop Leader/Girl Scout Gold Advisor: Colette Matsanka For the Love of Books Hannah’s love of books started when she was in first grade. Her project combined her love of reading and her second passion, art, into something that would benefit a local grammar school. She wanted to share her love of reading with other children and inspire them into a life-long love of books. She is passionate about spreading literacy and started with the place she learned to read. For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Hannah created a reading corner with a mural of a beach scene that she painted. She also launched a read-a-thon. Partnering with the Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball team, she had a kick off assembly with the Blue Rocks mascot, Rocky Bluewinkle. Seventy students participated in the read-a-thon and more than 700 books were read.
Troop 399, Queenstown, MD Parents: Kelli and Marty Ronning Troop Leader: Andrea Alduino Girl Scout Gold Advisor: Kenda Leager Paving the Way for Hope For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Kelsi worked with the Hospice of Queen Anne’s on a project called “Paving the Way for Hope.” This project consisted of the creation of a landscaped area in front of Hospice of Queen Anne’s completed with pavers purchased in the memory of those who’ve passed, as well as in honor of those we love. This Girl Scout Gold Award project is dedicated to the memory of her grandfather, Edward C. Adams, who received hospice care. Many hearts were touched at the unveiling ceremony on June 3, 2012. The hospice staff members were so glad to see the youth coming out and helping the local community. 14
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This is the program that was used at the OMH Ceremony. GSCB honored all Girl Scouts who have earned their GS Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards....