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Girl Scouts of Colorado Celebrates our 100th Anniversary by saluting the next generation of leaders
Generation Wow! To celebrate Girl Scoutsâ€™ 100th anniversary, Girl Scouts of Colorado has named 100 Colorado Girl Scouts as the leaders of tomorrow â€” the Generation Wow! This distinction recognizes outstanding girls between the ages of 5 and 18 whose individual achievements in Girl Scouts, their schools and communities set them apart as leaders. Generation Wow! is a Girl Scout honor that comes around only once in a century! Girls who have been named to the Generation Wow! honor exhibited a high level of volunteer achievement and made significant contributions to their community; demonstrated strong leadership skills; participated in a service learning project; promoted a healthy attitude, both in mind and body; demonstrated exceptional interpersonal skills in teamwork, conflict resolution and goal setting; and embody the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary On March 12, 1912, Juliette Gordon Low founded the Girl Scouts, an organization providing opportunities for girls to grow and develop as leaders. Since that time, Low’s forward-thinking vision has touched the lives of more than 50 million women alumnae. Today, more than 3 million active Girl Scouts and volunteers are part of the premier leadership experience in this country. Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary celebration year provides a unique opportunity to learn how the Girl Scouts Leadership Experience builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.
Generation Wow! Selection Committee Girl Scouts of Colorado would like to thank the committee who helped select Generation Wow! recipients. This selection panel included civic and community leaders from throughout Colorado who represented a cross-section of the for-profit and non-profit sectors, educational institutions, foundations and major corporations. Kayla Andreatta
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Leslee Randolph Special thanks also goes to the following volunteers who helped put together the contents of this booklet. Jean Bosch Joanne Busch Nikki Goethals Alice Hughes Alexa Saindon-Holdorf
Generation Wow! Bailey Andersen, 13, Morrison For Bailey’s Girl Scout Bronze Award, which is a top Girl Scout honor, she created 160 wooden tools to display flags at the Fort Logan Cemetery for Memorial Day. She also led her Girl Scout troop’s Silver Award project, the creation of gift bags for Arapahoe Meals on Wheels clients. Bailey’s troop makes cards and blankets for our military, participates in Race for the Cure, and helps with Christmas assistance programs and at pug rescue events. Despite surgeries and physical therapy to heal her broken arm, Bailey participates in food drives, Pennies for Patients and volunteered for Mission Wolf.
Jordan Arnell, 13, Centennial Jordan is a weekly volunteer at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and participates in Alex’s Lemonade Stand to raise money to fight childhood cancer. She also spent two years walking dogs for the Colorado Humane Society. Jordan organized a homeschoolers activity to make Veteran’s Day cards for the Denver VA hospital. She is a dancer and performed in the 2010 Nutcracker. Jordan attended a week-long Girl Scout camp for the first time during the summer of 2011, and hopes to go back. Another significant Girl Scout experience was a Gathering Place trip to deliver cookies.
Jessie Asay, 11, Arvada Jessieâ€™s ambitious nature, especially during the cookie sale, helped earn her way to attend four Girl Scout summer camps during 2011. Her Girl Scout troop hosted an event for area girls to celebrate World Thinking Day to earn a top Girl Scout honor, the Bronze Award. She also encourages recycling and environmental awareness by cleaning up at school and collecting empty boxes for Denver Zoo animals. Jessie presented a Christmas caroling program to seniors, was Student of the Month and participated with her troop in the 2010 Women of Distinction event. She was excited to visit Washington, D.C. with her school.
Geneva Ascher, 11, Breckenridge Geneva is an active Girl Scout who helps out her school and her community. As a Girl Scout, she helped 1st grade girls earn a badge, participated in an annual clean-up day at her school for the past four years and executed a World Thinking Day event for area girls twice. Geneva is a recipient of the Girl Scout Bronze Award as well. She helped a group plan and present a discussion on famine for her peers at school and coordinated a food drive for the Family and Intercultural Centerâ€™s food bank.
Generation Wow! Linda Baker, 15, Fort Collins Linda struggles with learning disabilities, but you couldn’t tell by her 4.0 GPA and advanced honors coursework. She is a strong advocate for keeping girls involved in Girl Scouts through high school and a promoter of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program. She competed and won awards with the First Lego League Robotics and VEX Robotics organizations. Linda accumulated more than 100 medallion points in her first year at the music program at her high school. She volunteers for the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program and logged more than 500 hours. She’s earned two of the top Girl Scout honors, the Bronze and Silver awards.
Reese Barry, 8, Grand Junction Reese is a generous spirit who exemplifies what it means to help others. She donates her time and energy to the Community Food Bank, collects some of her own belongings each year to donate to the Latimer House, purchases items with her own money to hang on the local mall’s Mitten Tree and raises money to donate to school organizations. Her school is so appreciative that they allow her to attend school on Fridays in casual dress, instead of the required uniform. She is an active Girl Scout, participating in World Thinking Day projects and a spring dance.
Cecily Begano, 14, Trinidad Cecily combined her passions of cheerleading and Girl Scouts to help boost the confidence, energy and fitness levels of girls. She created a cheerLEADER program and taught more than 300 Girl Scouts through this series of afterschool and weekend programs in Las Animas, Alamosa and Pueblo counties. She earned a top Girl Scout honor, the Bronze Award, by teaching kids about Power Up, an anti-bullying program, and her Silver Award, which centered around animal welfare. For the last three years she earned the Presidential award at her school for the service she does through an art program for local seniors.
Kaycee Bischoff, 13, Aurora Kaycee, a trained program aide, worked her first day camp this summer and assists at area Girl Scout events. She helps out at her area’s Cookie Cupboard. Kaycee participated in media interviews during the 2011 cookie season with Aurora Channel 8 and Fox 31/Channel 2. She’s earned two of Girl Scouts’ highest honors, the Bronze and Silver awards, and has sold 1,000+ boxes of cookies for five years in a row. She’s part of her school’s drama club and is part of the crew for school plays and musicals. Kaycee is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.
Generation Wow! Rebecca Bock, 18, Boulder Rebecca started a Peace Jam club at her school and got to meet with Nobel Peace Prize winners who shared inspiring stories about helping others around the world. She traveled to Chile as an exchange student and welcomed exchange students into her own home. She also attended an overnight meant to simulate a refugee camp for the Invisible Children organization and worked as a translator for Share-A-Gift. Additionally, Rebecca is a big help to area Girl Scouts, organizing her own recruiting events, personally recruiting volunteers and starting four new troops this year.
Eliza Bocksch, 11, Breckenridge Eliza is a leader with presence in her community. As a Girl Scout, she has helped 1st graders earn a badge, gathered trail data for the Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, participated in an annual school clean-up for the past four years, helped execute two World Thinking Day events for area Girl Scouts and earned one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, the Bronze Award. She also worked with a group to create a community presentation about man-made disasters and their impacts around the world.
Teagan Boda, 15, Pueblo West Teagan recently completed the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, by creating 40 birthday boxes for children at the YWCA Crisis Center. Prior to completing her Gold, she earned the Silver Award by organizing an American Patriotism Day for Girl Scout Brownies and Juniors. Just before this event took place, Teagan was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy, but that hasn’t hindered her enthusiasm. She enjoys working with younger Girl Scout groups and is active in Colorado Youth Advisory Council, which gives young people a voice in creating state policies involving youth. Teagan is a very determined young lady.
Megan Buehler, 18, Golden Megan was a Girl Scout for 13-years and earned the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, in spring 2011. For her Gold Award, she helped local families’ record life histories. Some of Megan’s most significant leadership experiences to benefit the community are as a Girl Scout. She enjoyed participating in the 9Cares Colorado Shares Food drive because she got to meet many people like herself who enjoy making a difference. Her Girl Scout troop also traveled to London and while there picked up trash in a local park as well as helped out at a nursing home.
Generation Wow! Brianna Bullock, 13, Denver Brianna’s Girl Scout experience includes many community service projects. She’s passed out more than one thousand food boxes to families in need for Thanksgiving and purchased items with cookie money for the Dumb Friends League, which helped her to earn one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, the Silver Award. Other memorable Girl Scout experiences include camping for the first time and meeting the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. She’s also helped out at Girl Scout recruitment and media events. Brianna serves meals to the elderly and mentors younger children through a school reading program.
Leah Carney, 11, Breckenridge Leah is a Girl Scout Cadette who works hard for her community. She taught her peers about acting and theatre in preparation for earning their Theatre Badge. She participated in the annual clean-up at her school for the last four years. Leah also earned one of the highest Girl Scout awards, the Bronze Award. She helped execute two World Thinking Day events for area Girl Scouts. For her school, Leah worked with a group to plan a presentation about natural disasters and how they affect society, which they presented to their peers, teachers, parents and other members of the community.
Cassidy Cheesman, 9, Lafayette Cassidy works hard to make her world a better place daily. She is an active recycler who uses her creativity to repurpose items. The example she sets encourages her family and peers to be less wasteful. Cassidy is proud of her Girl Scout troopâ€™s work to help the environment by planting flowers in an area at their school that had been dry and full of weeds. Sheâ€™s taken leadership roles in developing activities that her troop delivers to nursing homes at the holidays. Cassidy enjoys being active and is involved in dance and soccer.
Nicole Choma, 11, Breckenridge Nicole enjoys being a Girl Scout and is active in the organization. She helped her peers earn the Horse Lovers Badge. She earned her Girl Scout Brownie and Junior Journey awards and a top Girl Scout award, the Bronze Award. Nicole is one of the masterminds behind a clean-up day at her school for the last three years. Her troop put together a World Thinking Day event for local Girl Scouts. At her school she worked with a group to plan and implement a presentation about man-made disasters around the world for their peers, teachers, parents and the community.
Generation Wow! Annastasia Clifford, 17, Parker Annastasia combined her love of writing and teaching to positively impact her Girl Scout community. She loves being a camp counselorin-training and teaching anti-bullying Power Up classes because she feels like sheâ€™s created a safe, comfortable and fun environment to educate and entertain younger girls. She is a trained Girl Scout program aide and helped plan numerous Girl Scout events. Annastasia also volunteers with community clean-up days, fairs and festivals. Her contributions to the community since 2009 total more than 200 hours.
Emma Coffey, 15, Thornton Emma was born with spina bifida and one kidney. The doctors said that she would never walk, but she proved them wrong. Not only did she learn to walk with the aid of braces, but she loves to ski, and recently rode the 157-mile Courage Classic bike ride! Although shy at first, sheâ€™s developed confidence and is a leader and a role model for other Girl Scouts. Emma has a special knack with connecting with younger Girl Scouts who also have medical issues that require a special friend to encourage them to try new things and make new friends.
Kathryn Conrad, 11, Castle Pines Kathryn loves Girl Scouts’ Tomahawk Ranch. A memorable camp experience for Kathryn is horseback riding for the first time. Kathryn is proud to have made 56 birthday bags for the Parker Food Bank, along with her Girl Scout troop. Her troop also earned one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, the Bronze Award, by donating items to the Dumb Friends League. Kathryn is involved in her school’s Student Council, as well as the school newspaper. She transferred schools two years ago, and she’s thankful she didn’t have to transfer Girl Scout troops.
Tara Corcilius, 16, Arvada One of Tara’s favorite Girl Scout experiences is being a mentor for younger girls. In fact, Tara’s Girl Scout troop plans many area Girl Scout events. She’s also earned two of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, the Bronze and Silver awards. Tara particularly enjoyed planning and preparing a meal with her Girl Scout troop for those staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Denver. In her school she is a member of the honor society, as well as involved in sports. Tara also volunteers at her church.
Generation Wow! KC Cruz, 12, Florissant KC has contributed to her community through Girl Scouts, receiving the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for completing more than 100 hours of service. She is vice president of Junior Auxiliary/American Legion Post 5 and works to make cards for veterans. KC worked with officials at Silver Key to make and deliver holiday gift baskets to homebound seniors. For the Children’s Discovery Center/Salvation Army Homeless Shelter, KC helped establish a children’s art program. KC is on the honor roll at her school. KC and her troop earned a top Girl Scout honor, the Bronze Award, and are working on their Silver.
Natalie Danielson, 15, Silt Natalie is an active member of her community. She volunteers at a local soup kitchen, hospital and library, and is also involved in her church. In school, Natalie plays the saxophone in the band and helps peers transition to middle school as part of the WEB program. After overcoming dyslexia, a passion of Natalie’s is reading and writing stories. Her Girl Scout troop helped plan a haunted house with the local fire department. Admission was a canned food item, with donations going to an organization close to Natalie’s heart — a safe house for abused women and their children.
Chiara Degenhardt, 13, Ouray Chiara earned one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, the Bronze Award, when she and other troop members created a memorial garden in honor of their first grade teacher who died in a car accident. Sheâ€™s also earned the Silver Award by teaching ten families how to track and reduce their daily carbon footprint. Additionally, Chiara has planned and participated in trash pickups, food drives, snow shoveling for seniors, helping with Boy Scout projects, holiday flag ceremonies and other community service projects. Sheâ€™s an avid singer and involved in music groups in her community, school and church.
Ashley DeLarm, 11, Woodland Park Ashley is an inspirational leader and role model because of Girl Scouts. She achieved her Junior Aide and Leader awards through working with younger troops and earned 42 Junior badges, 17 with her troop and 25 on her own. For her Girl Scout Bronze Award, one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, Ashley helped at the Ronald McDonald House, donating 20 hours of service to build flower boxes for their front porch; holding a donation drive to receive $500 in goods; preparing and hosting a dinner for the families; and sewing teddy bears and care bags for siblings.
Generation Wow! Rebecca Derryberry, 17, Colorado Springs Rebecca is working on her Gold Award project. Her project focuses on increasing diversity awareness in her community. She joined Girl Scouts as a Daisy and is now an Ambassador. Although she is a bit shy, Girl Scouts has taught her about leadership and service to her community. She has been a participant in Girl Scouts’ Reach for the Peak camping competition for six years in a row. Rebecca recently earned a spot with the National Honor Society. She volunteers heavily with her church on mission trips and youth activities and participates in service work for the Friends of Cheyenne Canyon Nature Center.
Daisy Diaz, 11, Austin Daisy loves to lend a helping hand when needed. For her Girl Scout troop’s Bronze Award, one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, Daisy held a drive to gather pillowcases, learned fundamentals of sewing and then sewed pillowcase dresses that went to little girls in underprivileged nations around the world. She also participated in a Girl Scouts’ Forever Green Earth Day “lights out” project, which earned her troop top honors from the local Red Cross. Daisy’s troop loves to help out at local retirement communities and food banks by making cards, baking cookies, making angel trees and decorating pumpkins.
Isabelle DiRanna, 11, Parker Isabelle is a Cookie Media Star for Girl Scouts and participated in the Channel 2 Everyday Morning show in 2011. She volunteers at area Girl Scout events and earned a top Girl Scout honor, the Bronze Award, by leading a storytelling event. Isabelle is working on the time capsule project for the 100th Anniversary celebration in 2012. She volunteers weekends at the Girl Scout campgrounds to get them ready for campers each year. Isabelle also works in the community by collecting canned goods for 9 Cares Colorado Shares and executing a flag ceremony for the Parker Town Council.
Natasha DiRanna, 11, Parker Natasha contributes to the local Girl Scout community by helping with campground clean-up each year, being a Cookie Media Star, working on the time capsule project for the 100th Anniversary celebration and frequently assisting with Girl Scout recruitment and events. She has Aspergerâ€™s, but this does not slow her down. Natasha works on community service projects, including collecting stuffed animals for the Teddy Project, gathering canned goods for the Parker Task Force Food Bank and participating in a flag ceremony for the Town of Parker. She earned a top Girl Scout honor, the Bronze Award, by leading a storytelling event.
Generation Wow! Caralyn Fitzpatrick, 12, Mead Caralyn’s Girl Scout troop took on an ambitious project for one of Girl Scouts’ top honors, the Silver Award. They sewed pillow cases into girls’ dresses and created prayer dolls to send to children in hard-hit areas like Haiti, Kenya, Honduras, Uganda and Ethiopia. The project was a huge success with more than 1,200 dresses delivered. Caralyn is also a Girl Scout program aide and volunteers at area events and camp. She is part of her school’s honor society, show choir, geography club, and does competitive tennis and cheerleading. Caralyn also sold 500+ boxes of cookies this past year.
Niki Fochtman, 16, Arvada Niki is always ready to lend a helping hand and is a leader in her Girl Scout community. Her Girl Scout troop’s Silver Award project, which is one of the highest awards, involved making home-made dog treats, selling them during the holidays and using the money to buy items for the Foothills Animal Shelter. For the past three summers she has been a string camp counselor, guiding younger cello and violin students. She has handed out food samples and recipes at the Arvada Food Bank. She also collects and packs first aid supplies for Project CURE doctors.
Mariah Foley, 17, Centennial As a young Girl Scout, Mariah knew one day she wanted to take on a camp leadership role. The first chance she had to become a Girl Scout program aide, she did, and served in this leadership role at several camps. Two years ago, Mariah participated in two Girl Scout travel opportunities, or destinations, where she traveled to Costa Rica to help those in need as well as volunteered at a camp for special needs girls in Missouri. Mariah fell in love with the camp destination so much that sheâ€™s retuned the last two summers as a paid counselor.
Heather Fritts, 15, Littleton Heather is currently serving on the Girl Scouts of Colorado Teen Leadership Committee. The group is organizing a geocaching event at a Girl Scout overnight camp in October 2011. Around 80 girls will have the opportunity to learn about GPS technology. Sheâ€™s also a Girl Scout program aide and helps at many Girl Scout events. At her school, she is involved in technical crew in the theatre department. In fact, she helped the Colorado Environmental Film Festival screen movies for their November 2010 event and sell tickets. Heather is also active in service projects with her church youth group.
Generation Wow! Calli Jo Garcia, 9, Colorado Springs Calli Jo is not one to let something like celiac disease hold her back. At 9 years old, she has put her creative energy into developing an online magazine for other children who have celiac disease. The magazine includes activities, stories and information about the disease, plus a page for parents. It is published online quarterly. She is also starting up a Celiac Kids’ Club for young children in her community and helping to create a Celiac Kids’ Club website for families. Calli Jo helped clean Sky High Ranch Girl Scout camp in spring 2011.
Nicole Gardner, 16, Westminster Nicole is a trained Girl Scout program aide and has taken that knowledge to organize several programs for younger Girl Scouts. In fact, every year Nicole’s Girl Scout troop plans a camp-in for younger girls. She’s also part of FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America), National Honor Society, the Arvada teen court and her school’s Trick-or-Treat Street, among other activities. Nicole’s the recipient of two of Girl Scouts’ highest honors, the Bronze and Silver awards. Her Girl Scout troop also traveled to South Dakota and had the opportunity to do a public flag ceremony with veterans at Mount Rushmore.
Nicole Graham, 11, Breckenridge Nicole is a hardworking Girl Scout. She led first graders in earning a Girl Scout badge, gathered trail data for the Dillon Ranger District, participated in her school’s annual clean-up for four years and helped pull off two World Thinking Day events for area Girl Scouts. At school, she worked with a group to present information about the bubonic plague for peers and their parents, teachers and other members of the community. She is a leader and a driven Girl Scout who loves to help others.
Littlepage Green, 11, Breckenridge Littlepage is passionate about being green and helping the environment. Each year she helps in the town’s clean-up day and is a part of the Green Team at her school. In Girl Scouts, Littlepage presented a badge event to first graders and put on the World Thinking Day twice for area girls. She’s also earned her Girl Scout Brownie and Junior Journey awards and one of the highest awards, the Bronze Award. At school she worked with a group to give a presentation on the humanitarian efforts in Darfur for her peers and their parents and members of the community.
Generation Wow! Amy Griffin, 14, Littleton Amy is a three-year volunteer with the St. Frances Cabrini Cupboard, which is a church-based food pantry. She’s an active volunteer with her area’s equestrian center. Amy was a student at Deer Creek Middle School in February 2010 when a man fired a rifle into a crowd. She immediately wanted to help and collected cookies at her Booth Sales to benefit the school. Amy received enough donations to give three boxes to each classroom on the day the students returned to school. She also earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, one of the highest awards.
Kaci Gulick, 11, Cedaredge Kaci fondly remembers making pillowcase dresses for girls in need and to earn one of Girl Scouts highest awards, the Bronze Award. Her Girl Scout troop also earned a top honor on the Western Slope from the American Red Cross during the spring of 2011—the Real Heroes Award. They earned this by organizing a lightsout day project at their school, which saved an estimated 142 kilowatt hours of energy. Community service is an important to Kaci’s troop. They’ve made pumpkins for the Horizons Assistant Living Center and done several projects for Hospice and Palliative Care of the Western Slope.
Savannah Halvorson, 11, Breckenridge Savannah helped first graders earn a badge, gathered data for the Friends of Dillon Trails ranger program, made ocular occlusion devices for kids for Helen Keller Day, participated in the school’s annual clean-up day for four years, earned the Catholic Brownie Award, God and Me, from P.R.A.Y and helped run two World Thinking Day events for area Girl Scouts. Savannah received one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, the Bronze Award too. She is also active in her community by helping serve community dinner at St Mary’s Catholic Church and raising money for cancer research with an Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Claire Hankla, 11, Lafayette Service to the community is a big part of Claire’s Girl Scout troop. They created a new welcome center at The Mustang Center in Louisville. They’ve also participated in food drives with the Sister Carmen Community Center. Additionally, the troop helped landscape the grounds of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. For the troop’s Bronze Award, the highest award for girls at the elementary age level, they planned a weekend campout for 50. On her own as a 4th grader, Claire planned and carried out a bird workshop for twenty Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies and Juniors.
Generation Wow! Kaleigh Hanrahan, 16, Arvada Kaleigh is an active volunteer, working with the Ronald McDonald House, Jeffco Action Center and the Arvada Food Bank. She’s also a five-year volunteer at her church as Vacation Bible School counselor. Kaleigh is a Girl Scout program aide and helped with many local Girl Scout events such as badge days and parent-daughter events. When her troop traveled to South Dakota they conducted a public flag ceremony at Mount Rushmore. She is passionate about helping the environment and works with others to make them more environmentally responsible. Kaleigh is involved in her school’s honor society and plays sports.
Madison Hawkinson, 16, Arvada In Girl Scouts Madison used her leadership skills and hard work to create a Silver Award project, which is one of the highest awards, where she baked and sold dog treats and used the money to buy supplies for her local animal shelter. She’s involved in the horse performing group Westernaires and served in leadership roles in the group. Madison captains a team for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society walk and is a member of the Rolling Hills Country Club Junior Organization. She is also involved in her school’s honor society and student government.
Zoe Hayward, 9, Colorado Springs Zoe’s most influential Girl Scout experience was a food drive in a blizzard. She powered through because she wanted to help children who didn’t have anything to eat. Zoe also took the initiative to learn to make soap and then donated it to a local women’s shelter. After completing the project, she gained confidence by giving a presentation to her Girl Scout troop. Zoe enjoys playing the guitar. She’s also one of her only peers to earn a spot in Colorado Springs’ District 20’s School in the Woods, which is a school that specializes in science curriculum for 4th graders.
Jaylee Hepner, 8, Colorado Springs Jaylee is a Girl Scout Brownie who spends her time caring for the other people around her. For several years she has participated in Toys for Tots, handed out food and toys, and fed children. She offers to help out wherever she goes, including school, church and at the Colorado Springs Day Nursery. She is an avid recycler and picks up litter when she goes out. She has been doing these types of community service since she was 5 years old.
Generation Wow! Kimberly Hoilman, 17, Highlands Ranch Inspired by stories from a friend who was an orphan, Kimberlyâ€™s Girl Scout Gold Award project, which is the highest Girl Scout award, centered around teaming up high school students and seamstresses to create quilts to go to older orphaned children in Africa through the Rafiki Foundation. Her passion for this cause continues even past earning the Gold Award. Kimberly volunteers at Girl Scout camps, her church bible school and for the Highlands Ranch community association. She has traveled to two Girl Scout World Centers and plans to visit the other two soon.
Jessica Hull, 17, Montrose Jessica is always eager to help younger Girl Scouts. She is currently a program aide and helped at several local day camps and events. Jessica has a passion for animals and hopes to one day become a veterinarian. Her local vet clinic recently put her on the payroll after the great work she did as a volunteer. She also planned an animal adoption day to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. Jessica is involved with the Venture Crew through Boy Scouts of America and did yard work for the Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center.
Julia Jackson, 10, Eckert For Julia’s Girl Scout Bronze Award project, which is one of Girl Scouts’ highest honors, she worked to transform pillowcases into dresses and clothes for the Dress a Girl Around the World project. She was the recipient of the American Red Cross Western Slope Hero Award in 2011 for her work on a Forever Green environmental project. Julia spends time helping out the elderly at the Horizons Assisted Living Center and Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado. She participated in a clothing drive for the Cedaredge Food Bank during the holidays to help those in need during the winter.
Marcia Jolly, 18, Longmont Marcia earned the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, in April 2011 by creating craft kits for Children’s Hospital Colorado. She’s also earned the other two highest awards in Girl Scouts, the Bronze and Silver awards. She enjoys Girl Scout camping and helped out at the local day camp for several years. Marcia is active in her community outside of Girl Scouts, including Mission Club, which performed many service projects in the community. She also earned many academic awards in her school and was a group leader for her church’s Vacation Bible School.
Generation Wow! Nicole Justice, 19, Aurora Nicole earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, which is Girl Scouts’ highest honor, by teaching dance classes for low-resource kids and having them preform at local churches. Her Girl Scout troop also does lots of community service projects such as making sleeping bags for the homeless. She’s a trained Girl Scout program aide and counselor-in-training and helped at many events. In fact, she will be starting her own Daisy troop in the fall! Nicole has her own dance company and is an assistant dance teacher at the Colorado School of Dance in Parker.
Kelsey Knight, 15, Palisade Kelsey is a leader for both Girl Scouts and her local community. To earn her Girl Scout Bronze Award, Kelsey made cinch sacks for the Latimer House, a facility for abused women and children. Kelsey’s Silver Award project was developing a Girl Scout day camp that taught younger girls about ecosystems, recycling and gardening. Her troop is currently working on a program called STARS (Scouts Teach All the Right Stuff). Kelsey’s Gold Award project is a portion of STARS, which teaches women of all ages about how to develop personal boundaries, be self-confident and be safe in today’s world.
Emily Lundquist, 13, Colorado Springs Instead of dwelling on the difficulties after being diagnosed with diabetes, Emily chose to instead step up and reach out to others. She’s participated in Girl Scouts’ Cans for Colorado food drive, the Giving Tree ornaments and Valentine card activities. She represented Girl Scouts at the 2010 Women of Distinction reception. She’s also volunteered with numerous events, serving all ages, with Highland Park Baptist Church and American Baptist Churches of the Rocky Mountains as well as the public library and Boy Scouts of America.
Hannah Lundquist, 11, Colorado Springs Hannah earned her Bronze Award, one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, for coordinating the creation and distribution of Valentine care packages, including homemade and storebought items, to soldiers deployed in Afghanistan. Her project was highly successful and well-supported as she more than doubled her original goal of 20 care packages! She also represented Girl Scouts at the 2010 Women of Distinction reception and will be receiving the Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award for providing 50 hours of community service. Hannah is also very active with her church and assisted with projects for the homeless, veterans and shut-ins. 31
Generation Wow! Megan Lundquist, 15, Colorado Springs Megan’s involved with Girl Scouts, the Salvation Army, churches, the library, Vision Trust, Crossfire Ministries and Boy Scouts. She helped hundreds of Girl Scouts at the 2010 Statewide Bridging Ceremony at the Royal Gorge Bridge. Megan also represented Girl Scouts at the 2010 Women of Distinction reception and earned the Presidential Volunteer Service Gold Award for two consecutive years of having volunteered for more than 100 hours. Megan also got her troop involved with the Interfaith Hospitality Network to provide direct assistance to homeless families. She’s earned two of Girl Scouts’ highest honors, the Bronze and Silver awards.
Kalina Macias, 11, Breckenridge Kalina earned her Girl Scout Brownie Religious Award and Bronze Award, one of the highest Girl Scout awards, and several Journey awards at those levels. She’s executed a clean-up day at her elementary school for the last four years and World Thinking Day for area Girl Scouts twice. Kalina is passionate about helping those in need in other parts of the world. At her elementary school, she worked with a group to plan and present to their peers, parents and the community a presentation on Darfur and the humanitarian efforts taking place and how they could help.
Blayn Masoner, 11, Castle Rock Blayn earned one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, the Bronze Award, by helping organize a father-daughter chili cook-off and pie bake-off that netted more than 500 pounds of canned goods for a food bank. Her troop earned the “Troop Excellence” patch last year, completing service projects for the women’s crisis center, military care packages, senior centers and food drives. As a Girl Scout Brownie she earned 22 Try It badges and 50 participation patches. Blayn is active in Recycling Club, theatre, singing, math and reading buddies programs, and Vacation Bible School. She is a 4th generation Girl Scout.
Alexandria Massey, 16, Parker Through Girl Scouts, Alexandria’s contributions to the community total more than 250 hours. One of Alexandria’s greatest achievements is facilitating Power Up, a program which helps girls deal with bullying. Under her direction, more than a hundred girls know how to step in and assist a person when they are being bullied. She is also a trained Girl Scout program aide and helped out with many area Girl Scout events. She is working towards the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award.
Generation Wow! Sophie Matthews, 11, Lakewood Sophie is emerging as a budding leader. Sophie volunteers by being a playground mediator at school, assisting a younger Girl Scout Daisy troop, helping out West Metro Fire Rescue with events and clerical tasks, and by being an active volunteer with the Food Allergy Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). Sophie’s life threatening food allergies have motivated her to earn the Food Allergy badge with her Girl Scout troop, start up a FAAN Club at her school and participate in FAAN walks. She is looking forward to becoming a program aide for Girl Scouts and helping out at Girl Scout events.
Justine May, 15, Centennial Justine has been involved in Girl Scouts for nine years and been involved with multiple activities, including being a speaker at the 2010 Women of Distinction event. Her troop also planned a campout for area girls. She plans to someday be an aeronautical engineer in the Air Force and currently volunteers as a Civil Air Patrol cadet. Community services projects in the past year include reorganizing the donation center for the Comitis Crisis Center, creating a ‘hoop house’ for Ekar Farm and helping the Denver Academy with their annual gala. Justine attended the National Young Leaders State Conference last fall.
Aspen Medberry, 8, Castle Rock Aspen is passionate about doing her part to help the environment. She is part of the Green Team at her school that encourages recycling. She also helped start a school group with her friends called the “Power Posse” that works to save electricity. Her Girl Scout troop enjoys sending cookies to the military overseas. Outside of Girl Scouts, Aspen put on a puppet show for kids at Children’s Hospital Colorado with her sister and friends. Aspen journeyed to America from an orphanage in China early in her life and remembers learning to adapt to her new family and culture.
Estee Medberry, 12, Castle Rock In 2008, Estee attended a women’s symposium during the Democratic National Convention in Denver where she met Kathy Cloninger (CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA), Nancy Pelosi and other influential women. This was a memorable and motivational experience. Estee is working with The Town of Castle Rock to persuade them to join Sister Cities International. Her Girl Scout troop planned an environmental awareness event that taught the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle for other Girl Scouts and to earn one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, the Bronze Award. Estee has earned the D.A.R.E and IB Medal. 35
Generation Wow! Riley Miller, 16, Parker Riley enjoys participating in Girl Scout camping opportunities, including working as a program aide and planning a camp for area girls. She really shines when it comes to empowering other girls when she works as a facilitator for the Power Up anti-bullying program. Riley has helped more than 100 girls with the Power Up program. She is a sister to every Girl Scout and practices this tenet of the Girl Scout Law by assisting other troops with bridging requirements, planning area Girl Scout events and helping out at roundup events to recruit more girls into Girl Scouts.
Breanna Moak, 16, Lakewood Camping, cooking, performing flag ceremonies, organizing Girl Scout events, attending political events and earning her Bronze and Silver Awards, two of Girl Scoutsâ€™ highest honors, are just some of Breannaâ€™s many Girl Scout accomplishments. She is working on her Girl Scout Gold Award by integrating environmental consciousness into her school and community. For her 16th birthday, she recruited friends and family to donate blood. Recently, Breanna went on a school trip to Ireland and earned Irish Girl Guide badges while visiting. Breanna loves to mentor younger children. She has learned that making others happy is the best reward.
Aida Morgan-Russell, 13, Denver Aida is a strong but quiet leader who works tirelessly for the causes she believes in such as homelessness, access to healthy food sources and eliminating environmental hazards. To earn the Silver Award, she is working with multiple organizations to can fresh produce to supply food banks with healthy foods. She is partnering with several farms to harvest vegetables during the 2011 growing season and is conducting two canning sessions. She has also planned “Friday Fun Days” for the children at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Aida mentors younger Girl Scout troops and has been a day camp program aide.
Angela Natrasevschi, 17, Fort Collins Angela is currently working on earning the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award. Angela’s seen first-hand how meth consumed her cousin’s life, and to raise awareness she attended the Fort Collins New West Fest in August 2011 to educate the community and display her artwork. She asked people to “pledge to be meth free” and collected more than 1,000 signatures. Angela earned her Silver and Bronze awards for projects that benefited Crossroads Safehouse. In winter 2011, Angela spoke about Girl Scouts on a radio program. Angela is involved in National Honor Society and art club at school.
Generation Wow! Josephine Natrasevschi, 14, Fort Collins Josephine works hard to help her community. For her Girl Scout Bronze Award project, she volunteered at a local nursing home, making cards for the residents, visiting them and reading stories to them. For her Girl Scout Silver Award project, she organized a laundry soap, craft and school supplies drive in Fort Collins to benefit the Catholic Charities homeless mission. Josephine enjoys Girl Scout camping, archery and horseback riding and is working towards earning her Girl Scout Gold Award. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and is part of Fort Collins High School Volleyball and Track and Field teams.
Rachel Nelson, 16, Colorado Springs Rachel knows the value of hard work and determination. Her Girl Scout troop raised enough money to go on several trips, including a 10-day cross-country educational adventure that started in Washington, D.C. and ended at Juliette Lowâ€™s birthplace in Savannah, Georgia. Rachel regularly volunteers as a mentor to younger Girl Scouts, a member of the Students and Teachers Aiding Humanity organization and the only youth representative for her Parish Council. At school, she is involved in track, golf and band.
Rebecca Nelson, 18, Colorado Springs Rebecca earned the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, in the spring of 2011. After having several family and friends experience domestic violence, she decided to address the subject with teens and created a public service announcement. Rebecca’s troop planned many area Girl Scout activities for younger girls. She also was president of the Students and Teachers Aiding Humanity volunteer organization and logged more than 100 hours of community service a year for all four years of high school. Rebecca maintained a 4.0 GPA in high school.
Natalia Niemkiewicz, 11, Breckenridge Natalia worked with a group to plan and execute a school presentation on the worst flood disaster in Poland and the effects of floods on society. She is very eager to jump in and help people and has a kind-hearted personality. In Girl Scouts, she’s earned Journey awards and one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, the Bronze Award. She’s also planned and implemented a World Thinking Day event for area Girl Scouts. Additionally, she’s planned and executed a clean-up day at her school two years in a row.
Generation Wow! Abigail Orton, 10, Littleton Abigail enjoys helping others and hasn’t missed a Girl Scout meeting in the last five years. Her Girl Scout troop is very active in the community. They’ve sent Girl Scout Cookies to the military, done food and coat drives, cleaned up the Columbine High School Memorial, initiated a CFL light bulb project at their church, planted trees in the Hayman Fire burn area, created excitement for Girl Scout Cookie time by planning a Girl Scout Cookie Rally for area Girl Scouts, and put together care bags for children who have been displaced due to abuse, neglect or a natural disaster.
Riley Owen, 11, Austin Riley is proud of the feature a local TV station and newspaper did on her Girl Scout troop after they earned a top honor on the Western Slope from the American Red Cross during the spring of 2011 – the Real Heroes Award. They earned this by organizing a lights-out project at their school, which saved an estimated 142 kilowatt hours of energy. Her troop also made pillowcase dresses for girls in underprivileged nations to earn one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, the Bronze Award. Other troop service projects include sending cookies to the military and food drives.
Kelly Parrish, 12, Berthoud Kelly’s Girl Scout Silver Award project, which is one of Girl Scouts’ highest awards, made a huge impact on her life and on the lives of girls around the world. The project spanned an entire year and involved teaching others how to make pillowcase dresses and dolls for little girls around the world. She’s also an active volunteer for her school on various projects, such as planting trees and recycling with Student Council. Kelly helps with children’s worship and Vacation Bible School at her church. She is an avid jump-roper and desires to share this active lifestyle with other girls.
Hanna Penny, 17, Burlington Hanna thinks girls should be involved in Girl Scouts because it really helps them understand the importance of putting others before yourself and giving back to the community. She demonstrates this in her everyday life. She’s helped organize many community events, including a holiday giving tree and trash clean-up days. She also cares for children in her church nursery, assists the elderly, actively participates in school activities including National Honor Society and as her class secretary, and mentors in the Big Sister program. Additionally, Hanna’s helped younger Girl Scouts with their events and ceremonies.
Generation Wow! Karli Rich, 16, Arvada As a 10-year Girl Scout, Karli has many accomplishments. She’s earned two of Girl Scouts highest awards, the Bronze and Silver awards. Karli’s a trained program aide and used those leadership skills over the last five years to run numerous Girl Scout events for younger girls. Some of those activities include badge days, mother-daughter teas and father-daughter events. One of her most significant Girl Scout experiences was when her Girl Scout troop planned and served a meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. Karli is a volunteer for her church’s Vacation Bible School.
Sarah Richards, 15, Parker After being bullied as a middle school student, Sarah knew she wanted to help other girls gain the skills to overcome this in their own lives. So Sarah, along with her Girl Scout troop, became involved in Girl Scouts of Colorado’s anti-bullying program, Power Up, as facilitators. This summer, Sarah was a counselor-in-training at Girl Scout camp. She made lifelong friends and learned lifelong lessons during the experience. Over the years, Sarah has been instrumental in planning several local events for younger Girl Scouts and been an active participant in donating Girl Scout Cookies to local non-profits and the military.
Marisa Roggensack, 18, Aurora Marisa is proud to be a role model for younger girls and of her Girl Scout troopâ€™s work to plan area events. The past two summers, Marisa traveled with a work team to Sierra Leone, West Africa for a month to build staff quarters for a blind school. She brought school and medical supplies donated from her high school and troop. Marissa is a Girl Scout traveler and attended an out-of-state self-esteem workshop in 2008. Her school involvement includes student government, National Honor Society and several other clubs. Marisa earned the Comcast 2011 Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Award.
Devyn Sanchez, 11, Colorado Springs Devyn is a people person and helps others whenever possible, often working one-on-one with babies and seniors. She participates in Music Ministry and walks in the Susan G. Komen Walk for Life every year since her grandmother learned she had cancer in 2005. Devyn also helps prepare food and clothing for distribution to the homeless and assists with the Breakfast with Santa event at Memorial Hospital. Her troop collected trash at Palmer Park on Earth Day and saved items from home they would normally put in the trash to be recycled instead.
Generation Wow! Ashlynn Secor, 9, Westminster Ashlynn is a sweet, tenacious spirit who enjoys helping others. As a Girl Scout, she collected and then made 200 lunches for homeless veterans. She’s also done countless other service projects, including donating toys, clothes and books to Children’s Hospital Colorado. Ashlynn’s family fosters children, through which she says she’s learned sharing, acceptance, forgiveness, compassion and unconditional love. “There are times when I want my mommy or daddy but have to wait because a child needs them more since they are scared and don’t know what is going on,” said Ashlynn. Her desire is for everyone to feel as loved and special as she does.
Bianca Seivley, 18, Westminster In spring, 2011, Bianca earned Girl Scouts’ highest award, the Gold Award. Her project included planting an herb garden at Volunteers of America Center and working with economically disadvantaged youth at Head Start. Bianca is a three-year member of the Executive Board of the Westminster Youth Panel Advisory. She served as captain of her school’s volleyball team and was a youth volleyball coach. In her school she served three years as the secretary of the Student Council, was editor-in-chief of the school yearbook and was part of the National and Spanish Honor Societies, to name a few.
Alessandra Smith, 13, Colorado Springs Alessandra is planning to earn one of Girl Scouts’ highest awards, the Silver Award, by organizing a book drive to benefit a local food bank. She also earned another prestgious Girl Scout award, the Bronze Award, by making comfort dolls for a local hospital. Alessandra helps mentor younger Girl Scouts, and she’s performed skits on anti-bullying as well as assisted in starting new Girl Scout troops. She’s done many service projects, including helping the homeless and animals in need. Outside of Girl Scouts, she helps her mother teach a religion class at her church.
Alora Stroh, 8, Calhan In her first year as a Girl Scout Brownie, Alora sold more than 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies. In addition to her cookie sales, Alora helps out in her community to fill bags for a local food bank and to send Valentine’s Day cards to troops overseas. She also enjoys teaching Girl Scout songs at area events. Alora wants to not only help people in her community, but animals as well, and she hopes to one day be a vet. She gets practice by helping to care for the animals on her family’s farm.
Generation Wow! Kat Sullivan, 14, Durango A deep passion for dance keeps Kat motivated. She helped younger Girl Scouts earn a dance badge, served as a Girl Scout program aide for Dance into Life, assisted younger dancers in weekly dance classes as a volunteer dance teacher/assistant and annually volunteers her talents to raise money for battered women and children through the University of Oklahoma. She also helped with the Girl Scout STEM Day and facilitated a Girls Are Great sleepover, complete with a hip-hop dance-off! Additionally, Kat helped with a Girl Scout community garden project.
Shelby Thomas, 17, Parker Shelby has more than 131 hours of community service under her belt. As a Girl Scout, Shelby designed and executed an herb garden for Volunteers of America, encouraged a group of underprivileged youth to recycle and spent time working at a local food bank. She volunteers for local Girl Scout events such as Dinosaur Ridgeâ€™s Rocks and Roles, is a trained program aide and also a trained Power Up anti-bullying facilitator. Shelby helps out with local activities for area girls such as camping, father-daughter and motherdaughter events, and recruiting other girls from her school into Girl Scouts.
Lillian Tobias, 11, Breckenridge Lillian is the top cookie seller in her troop. She’s earned Journey awards and one of the highest awards, the Bronze Award. Lillian helped plan and implement a clean-up day at her school for the past four years. She’s been a mentor to younger Girl Scouts at area events. The Dillon Ranger District received help from Lillian in gathering trail data. She worked with a group to plan and present statistics on the worst flood ever in Poland and the dangers of flooding to students, peers, teachers, parents and the community at her school. Lillian is a competitive figure skater.
Katherine Toldy, 16, Colorado Springs Katherine earned the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, in the spring of 2011 by creating and teaching a Spanish curriculum to 5th graders at Discovery Canyon Campus. She’s also made handmade ornaments for the Silver Key Senior Services’ Giving Trees project and catalogued the costume inventory of the Colorado Youth Ballet of Colorado Springs. She is an honor student, part of the Spanish Honor Society and enrolled in the prestigious International Baccalaureate Program at school. Katherine is the president of her Girl Scout troop, active at her church and a dancer with the Colorado Youth Ballet.
Generation Wow! Alicia Topolnycky, 13, Centennial Homelessness is an issue dear to Alicia’s heart. She volunteered at Warren Village to plan and cook meals for the residents; organized fun days for the children at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, held a food drive for Food Bank of the Rockies (Bronze Award, one of Girl Scouts’ highest honors) and works with Ekar Farms to harvest, can and preserve food to be given to food banks (Silver Award project). Alicia mentored younger Girl Scout troops, is a trained Girl Scout program aide and is a two-time recipient of the Girl Scout Leadership Award.
Elizabeth Torrez, 18, Pueblo Elizabeth filled her years in Girl Scouts with many activities. She helped Girl Scout trainers teach traditions, games and songs to new leaders. She also presented events to encourage younger girls to stay in Girl Scouting. In school she played softball, basketball, volleyball and was on two soccer teams. She also helped at her church. While completing high school, she worked to earn an Associates of Arts degree from Pike’s Peak Community College. She also went to Girls’ State and helped at the Rocky Mountain Leadership Conference to raise money for a Habitat for Humanity family.
Cristina Trimpe, 13, Centennial Cristina is a trained program aide who organizes and runs camps for younger girls. She is also one of Girl Scouts’ Media Stars and did several radio and TV interviews during the last two cookie sales. Cristina earned her Girl Scout Bronze and Silver awards, which are two of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, and frequently participates in service projects for Ronald McDonald House, Samaritan Center and Urban Peak. Cristina is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society and is heavily involved in church activities, such as mission trips to Juarez to help the less fortunate.
Emily Tullis, 10, Cedaredge In the spring of 2011, Emily’s Girl Scout troop earned a top honor on the Western Slope from the American Red Cross—the Real Heroes Award. They earned this by organizing a lights-out project at their school, which saved an estimated 142 kilowatt hours of energy. Her troop also made pillowcase dresses for girls in under‑ privileged nations to earn one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, the Bronze Award. During cookie time, her troop sends cookies to the military overseas, and they’ve also done food drives and honored those who have passed on from a local hospice program.
Generation Wow! Adelyn Ulehla, 11, Golden Adelyn is proud to be a Girl Scout, especially when it means that she can make her community a better place. She helped organize and conduct a school clean-up with her Girl Scout troop and volunteered at a local retirement community where she presented a Christmas carol program to seniors. Adelyn became a top Girl Scout Cookie seller in her troop in 2011, selling nearly 800 boxes of cookies, and used the money to attend Girl Scout overnight camp. She’s also been Student of the Month and earned one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, the Bronze Award.
Eliana Wackerman, 15, Colorado Springs Eliana loves history, dance, animals and teaching. She worked with Rock Ledge Ranch and Living History Association for four years, interpreting 1800s life in Colorado Springs. The Ranch was the focus of her Silver Award. She is proud of working with G Power, Girl Scouts who plan activities and events to benefit area Girl Scouting. She utilized her skills as an Irish dancer, forensics experience and knowledge of Celtic traditions to teach other Girl Scouts at a “mall lock-in.” Her Bronze Award project, comfort pillows for animals recovering from surgery, exemplified her love of animals and interest in medicine.
Alyssa Wagner, 17, Thornton Alyssa works hard helping people in the community and her fellow Girl Scouts. She is a camp counselor and a Power Up anti-bullying facilitator. As a camp counselor, she enjoys helping teach girls new songs and crafts. In the community she volunteers on Brighton’s Teen Court where she either acts as a juror or a teen attorney. She also works with Rachel’s Challenge. Rachel was one of the girls killed at Columbine, and this organization in her honor helps bring awareness to the community about school violence.
Sydney Wegner, 16, Colorado Springs Sydney keeps busy with volunteer projects to help others and preserve the outdoors. Her Bronze Award, which is one Girl Scouts highest honors, created signage to encourage pet owners to pick up after their visits on school grounds. She assisted with booths at the Hummingbird Festival, helped build and improve trails in open spaces, served as a summer teen interpretative volunteer and developed a half-day program for incoming 7th grade Girl Scouts to familiarize them with their new school surroundings. Her troop also volunteered at a thrift store to benefit Liza’s Place, a program for battered women. 51
Generation Wow! Falynne Weinke, 11, Grand Junction Falynne was the second highest cookie seller in the state of Colorado in 2011. She enjoyed using cookie proceeds to go to two camps. Falynne is a Girl Scout program aide and helps out at events. She’s assisted her local history committee with cataloging uniforms and memorabilia. Falynne’s on target to earn every badge at the Girl Scout Junior level and is working toward earning one of Girl Scouts’ highest awards, the Bronze. Falynne is part of the Western Colorado Astronomy Club, is a peer mediator at her school and involved in a Viking Age living history group.
Amy West, 18, Westcliffe Amy started Girl Scouts as a kindergartener. Amy made it a priority to help young girls in her area get involved with Girl Scouts by using her cookie earnings to purchase uniforms and badges for other girls. She found her passion for horses while attending Girl Scout camp and has since ridden horses competitively. She shares her love of horses with others by teaching horse safety to younger children. She is active in 4-H, FFA, Student Council and the National Honor Society.
Emily Wickenheisser, 11, Castle Rock Emily is a blossoming leader because of Girl Scouts. Once quiet and shy, now she is a girl who is outgoing and confident. Emily earned her Bronze Award and is involved in many troop service projects. Her most significant project was that she single-handily organized a JEANS for TEENS campaign at her elementary school. This required her to write a proposal, organize workers, make displays and posters, make and achieve goals, ask for donations, rally people and collect and deliver the proceeds. Emily earned 37 badges and is actively involved with her church in many community projects.
Allyson Willey, 9, Erie Allyson is passionate about helping others. She’s been an active participant in the American Cancer Society’s East Boulder County Relay For Life. Allyson is a two-year member of the 750+ cookie club. In fact, this last year she led an effort in her Girl Scout troop to collect cookie donations for the military. Additionally, Allyson is a good student and participates in an awardwinning competitive dance team. She is a member of her school’s Student Council and received Coal Creek Elementary’s Rock Star award for her exhibition of positive behavior traits in the areas of respect, community and kindness.
Generation Wow! Emily Winn, 9, Denver Since the age of 4, Emily has coped with a sister who has cancer. Itâ€™s inspired her to do projects to help. With her Girl Scout troop, they organized book drives for a local hospital and made dog treats for The Stink Bug Project, which provides dogs to families dealing with pediatric cancer treatments. When volunteering for the Stink Bug Project, Emily helps to teach children adopting dogs how to take care of them. Emily enjoyed attending Girl Scout camp in the summer of 2011. Her Girl Scout troop organized a fundraiser for the survivors of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.
Katie Wood, 11, Arvada Katie is so determined that she raised her cookie selling goal from 750 to 1,000 boxes this year. She ended up beating her goal and sold 1,016 boxes instead! The proceeds helped Katie to pay her own way to a two-week overnight Girl Scout camp. Katie helps out in her community by collecting items to donate to the zoo, cleaning up her school grounds, visiting with seniors at a local retirement community and volunteering at her church. For Katie, learning to pursue her dreams while doing her best to help her community is what Girl Scouts is all about.
Ellie Wroble, 17, Denver Ellie’s passion is community service. For her Girl Scout Bronze Award, which is one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts, Ellie decided that their family needed a pet. So she trained a service dog for Canine Companions for Independence, which allowed her family to enjoy animals and help people with disabilities. Her troop volunteers at the Dolores Project, a homeless shelter for women, and Ellie is working on completing the Gold Award. Ellie spends her free time volunteering the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. She is a Girl Scout counselor-in-training and has spent eight summers at Tomahawk Ranch.
Becki Yukman, 17, Colorado Springs Becki’s passion lies in the arts, which she shared by making recordings and singing for hospice patients with her acapella choir to earn Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Gold. She’s an IB student and performs in musicals with Youth Rep at the Fine Arts Center. Becki dances at Attitudes and participated in the 2011 Colorado All-State Choir. Her efforts have enriched the Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center and the Memorial Hospital children’s ward. She served on mission trips and attended the National Catholic Youth Conference, three National Youth Leadership Council conferences and is a People to People Student Ambassador. 55
The Girl Scout Mission Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
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.
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