2021 Gold Award Yearbook

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2021

GOLD AWARD YEARBOOK


LETTER FROM GSGLA LEADERSHIP

THE GIRL SCOUTS Dear Gold Award Girl Scouts and Families, We are incredibly proud to celebrate your accomplishments in earning your Gold Award. The highest achievement in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award represents your many months of work addressing areas of pressing need throughout Greater Los Angeles. Never an easy feat in any year, you faced an unprecedented obstacle—the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of you rose to the challenge with courage, confidence, and character, collectively logging more than 18,000 hours in community service. Many of you adjusted your original project ideas in response to social distancing orders and limited access to resources. We applaud your commitment and determination. This year’s 230 Gold Award projects inspired and empowered our communities—from tackling the issue of plastic polluting our oceans, to documenting the history and stories of Japanese Americans, to creating a bilingual children’s resource book on radiation therapy in the pediatric cancer community. You have made a lasting and positive impact by highlighting challenges in our communities and beyond. The 2021 Gold Award class has fully embraced the Girl Scouts mission to make the world a better place. On behalf of Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles members, volunteers, board members, and staff, we are honored to celebrate the culmination of your Girl Scout journey. Thank you for a job remarkably well done, and congratulations on earning the highest honor in Girl Scouting.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting, is a national award with significant standards that elevate a girl’s leadership skills, creativity, values, and efforts to make the world a better place. Earning the Gold Award requires spending at least 80 hours planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others, and has a lasting impact on its targeted community. The prestigious award recognizes Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts—girls in grades 9-12—for outstanding accomplishments in leadership, community service, career planning, and personal development.

Yours in Girl Scouting,

Theresa Edy Kiene Chief Executive Officer

GOLD AWARD YEARBOOK

Ellen E. Swarts Board Chair

Starting in 1916, the best and brightest undertook projects that improved their communities—and the world. The Golden Eaglet, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916-39, sparked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls.

From 1940-63, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963-80, the highest award was called First Class. And since 1980, the Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities. Nationwide, only 6 percent of all eligible Girl Scouts achieve the Gold Award. And out of 112 Girl Scout councils, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) continuously boasts the highest number of girls reaching Gold each year. Girls who earn their Girl Scout Gold Award automatically enter the military one rank higher, qualify for college scholarships, and are eligible for additional national service awards.


2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES SIERRA ACOLENTAVA

STEPHANIE ALEXANDER

MAYA ARZOLA

ELIZABETH ASTIN

Rosary Garden

Save Our Oceans Project

Green Wave

One Hundred Years of Memories

Sierra’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by providing a place for members and ministries of the church. She also made a garden to teach people how to pray the rosary. The garden was made to benefit those who wish to have a place of sanctuary.

Stephanie’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by organizing beach cleanups. She created brochures to educate visitors about the harmful effects of plastic pollution and its effect on the ocean. She worked with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium to accomplish her Gold Award.

Maya’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by introducing a younger generation to recycling and teaching children the importance of conservative plastic use. She influenced children to do their part by recycling and living a sustainable lifestyle.

Gold Award Recipient

JADE ANASTASI

MORGAN APOLONIO

Got ASL?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Innovate and Create

CASSANDRA ATKINSON

For Jade’s Gold Award project, she taught 90 students ASL to bridge the gap between hearing and deaf communities. She taught online zoom classes three days a week for four weeks. Her students can now have a conversation in ASL and have more knowledge of the deaf community.

Cassandra’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by planting a beautiful garden to create a more inviting and peaceful space at the entrance to Best Friends Animal Society. She added much-needed outdoor seating to accommodate visitors and volunteers, and collected supplies for animals.

Nicole’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by stressing the importance of early childhood literacy. She created materials and videos to spread her message throughout the local community and beyond. Fun and engaging events enabled children and their families to experience all the wonderful resources that the library has to offer.

RACHEL-ANN ARIAS

AVA ARMBRUSTER

KIANI BAETSLE

CANDACE BAIK

Connecting With Wildlife of the Foothills

Life Skiils For Young Women of the Future Workshop

A Greener STEP

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

Rachel-Ann’s Gold Award project helped facilitate positive connections between community members and local wildlife. She hosted multiple online workshops for kids, teaching them about local animals and conservation. She also designed a website with photos of local wildlife and created an instructional video of how to use remote cameras.

Ava’s Gold Award project addressed lack of public school funding for life skills curriculum. She provided a free virtual workshop for young women, ages 9-13, to learn skills, such as sewing a button, different ways to set a table, and cooking tips and tricks. After each lesson, each girl could print out a step-by-step instruction guide to refer back to.

Kiani’s Gold Award project addressed her school’s lack of recycling and sustainability initiatives. She founded La Canada High School’s latest Green Club, through which she established indoor recycling bins and a social media account, where infographics regarding environmental news were used to spread awareness to the community.

Gold Award Recipient

CAMERON ARMENDARIZ

PARKER ARMSTRONG

CHRISTINE BALIAN

RACHEL BEDOYAN

Revive & Restore: A National Parks Project

Art for All

Patient Amenities Kit & Social Media Plan For Shriners

Don’t Trash The Future

Cameron’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by creating an environmental curriculum revealing how anthropogenic pollution has taken over countless amenities granted by America’s National Parks. Revive & Restore aids in the solution by encouraging people to “Go Green,” starting with educating our youngest generations. 3

Morgan’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by encouraging others to learn about the environment and make changes to protect the planet. She created an environmental curriculum, working with the Metropolitan Water District, and led multiple workshops for kids across South Los Angeles.

Planting Seeds of Hope

NICOLE AUGUSTA The SCV Literacy Project

Parker’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by providing families at Richstone Family Center the opportunity to create art. This project gave participants the chance to interact with and learn about influential female artists, create art, and share the experience with their families.

Gold Award Recipient Gold Award Recipient

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2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES JEANETTE BENEDICT

KATHERINE BESCH

LORENA BOUCHER

Healthy Habits and Good Gardening

Sanitary Sanity: Restoring Girls’ Access to Education and Athletics in Uganda

Cancer Technology 101

Jeanette’s Gold Award project addressed unhealthy lifestyles in underserved communities. She planted a community garden at the Boys and Girls Club of Harbor City and taught classes to fourth and fifth graders on healthy eating, exercise, and growing fruits and vegetables.

Care for Cats Gold Award Recipient Sareen’s Gold Award project made a difference by educating her community about the importance of animal care and adoption. Her goal was to spread awareness that not all animals are treated properly. She made 100 care packages filled with animal care products, blankets, and a pamphlet with educational tips.

Katherine’s Gold Award project addressed the lack of menstrual products and sexual and reproductive health education in Northern Uganda. She worked with Ray United FC (RUFC) and raised funds to put on a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Hygiene Camp for 21 Ugandan youth.

RILEY BLAUGRUND

LORI BODNAR

AVA BOURDEAU

AMANDA BRADY

Inspiring Foster Children’s Creativity

Letters of Hope

Type Everyone

Exploring Art and Individuality

Lori’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by sending 200 letters and care packages with coloring books, coloring pencils, paints, activity books, newspapers, wooden holiday ornaments, and Valentine’s Day roses to seniors in assisted living facilities. Lori also hosted a Zoom music concert and dance performance to entertain residents.

Ava’s Gold Award project helped spread awareness of Type-1 Diabetes. She educated people about the condition, by providing insight on the science, technology, and history through a virtual presentation of stories of those impacted by the disease. Ava was able to reach a broad range of people, previously uneducated about Type-1 Diabetes.

Amanda’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by enriching the art curriculum and space of the Boys & Girls Club. Amanda taught art classes to kids, covering technique and personal expression. She refurbished the art room by painting three murals and refurnishing and repainting the art tables. She also donated art supplies to the Boys & Girls Club.

LAUREN BOLTON

ANNIE BRUNDIGE

P.O.W. (Power of Words)

Virtual Warrior Welcome

Hometown Heroes: Girl Scouts of the Crescenta Valley

LORIELLE CAMPOSMARTEL

Ashley’s Gold Award project inspired and encouraged people in her community to appreciate the importance of literacy. By writing a children’s book and comic, she illustrated the importance of reading and encouraged people to explore writing through a creative writing workshop and contest.

Lauren’s Gold Award project helped incoming freshmen, who have just finished eighth grade, transition into a new environment. She filmed a series of informational videos on various crucial topics, hosted lunchtime Zoom meetings with engaging presentations, and created an all-day orientation for the incoming class.

IDALINA BONHAM B&G Club of America Teen Library

Riley’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by helping to ensure the needs of foster children were not neglected. She designed a mural that spreads hope and positivity to kids, parents, lawyers, and staff at court. She updated a media room, to provide a creative, educational experience for kids who frequent the building.

ASHLEY BOLTER

Idalina’s Gold Award project made a difference in the community by providing a calm and comfortable environment for teens to study, do homework, research, and to prepare for college. The library provides easy access to a great variety of books, from fiction to AP textbooks and college prep materials.

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SAREEN BOULGOURJIAN

Sew It Together

Annie’s Gold Award project made an impact on the community by creating an archival and storage process for memorabilia at local universities. Annie accepted a $30,000 grant to work with USC and Cal State Northridge to learn how to execute metadata and digitize scrapbooks left to the universities dating back to 1929.

Lorielle’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by teaching others about the importance of wearing fabric face mask. She created a YouTube channel explaining how to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and she taught younger Girl Scouts how to sew their own face masks.

LAURENCIA BOTTS

BAILEY CANHAM

CADIE CARLSON

Coding Games to Teach Kids About

Voting 101

Go Away Germs

Bailey’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of voter apathy among young adults. She designed a curriculum for high school and college students explaining how to vote, understand ballot initiatives, and what impact their ballot can have. She also designed a website to share projects as well as provide general voting information for all young voters to take advantage of.

Cadie’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by helping a local daycare stay healthy during COVID-19. She made UV sanitizing boxes for each classroom, so teachers could easily clean toys and books. She also taught preschoolers how to properly wash their hands and other healthy lifestyle practices.

Environmental Issues Laurencia’s Gold Award project addressed environmental awareness. She created an educational resource, “EnviroGames,” with purpose of educating youth about environmental issues. Her games aim to support teachers and educators with online resources, to aid in distanced learning.

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2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES LANEY CASTILLO

MELODY CAUDILL

ASL on the Go

Voiceover

Gold Award Recipient

Melody’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by creating a safe space, where creative young people from all over the world were able to share their art, ideas, and voice. The idea for this project hatched before COVID-19 hit, but it had a greater impact during quarantine because it connected a group of people during a time when they needed it most.

Purple Hydrangea Project Walnut Chapter Srisai Saavarni’s Gold Award project addressed the lack of awareness surrounding mental health. She brought a mental health nonprofit to her school to help break down the misconceptions surrounding mental health. Together, they started a much needed discussion in the community about the issue.

GENEVIEVE CHIN Art, Technology, and Business Education Genevieve’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by introducing youth in L.A. County to interdisciplinary education and resources. Partnering with the Los Angeles Public Library, Genevieve hosted virtual workshops with professionals covering coding, design, and business, reaching students across the County.

CASEY CHAN

ALLISON CHANG

BRIANNA CORNETT

TEVA CORWIN

The Art of Safety

A Preemium on Preemies

Cards for the Courageous

Los Angeles Teens Get Out the Vote

Casey’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of the importance of safety by hosting virtual safety seminars for a local elementary school and scouting troops. Casey’s project also involved illustrating educational comic strips and creating a website that documented all research.

Allison’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of premature birth. She created a website to provides support resources for families. She taught a Zoom workshop on how to crochet preemie hats for donation, and donated 25 kits, with crayons, books, blankets, onesies, and rattles, to the Loma Linda Hospital NICU to families waiting to take their preemie home.

Gold Award Recipient

Gold Award Recipient

KATHLEEN CHEN

ALEXIS CHERNIN

EMMA CRAWFORD

ALLISON CRUDELE

Relievate

Healthy Meals for RW Marching Alliance Students During Competitions

Encouraging Young Students to Stay with Music

Your First Step

When Alexis discovered that fellow band students were hungry at competitions because of a lack of access to adequate nutrition, she was inspired to create a Gold Award project to provide food before and during offcampus events. She ensured that each student received two meals during offcampus events.

Emma’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by helping students and parents recognize the benefits of music while providing resources for a successful music career. Her project included a website, a published book, student meetings and seminars, newspaper articles, videos, and a high school club.

Gold Award Recipient

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SRISAI SAAVARNI CHILUKURI

Gold Award Recipient

KAYLEE CHEUNG

KAITLIN CHHENG

SHINJINI DAS

EMMA DE LA TORRE

Healthy and Clean Habits

Teen Suicide Awareness

Operation Smile

Mother Luisita: “Adelante! Onward! God will provide!”

Kaylee’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by purchasing hand sanitizer stations for her local high school and educating students about cleanliness through infographics. She also directed workshops teaching younger scouts and community how to sew masks.

Kaitlin’s Gold Award project made an impact in her community by raising awareness of suicide prevention. In a highly competitive high school, with students facing academic pressures and mental health issues, major risk factors of teen suicide were being ignored. It inspired her to take the crucial step towards prevention by raising awareness among the staff and student body.

Shinjini’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of situational homelessness in the San Gabriel Valley by partnering with “A Family Promise and the Church of the Good Shepherd,” in Arcadia. To help families staying at the church, she made fleece blankets with a signature heart to remind them they’re loved and created a mural where the families stay.

Emma’s Gold Award project provided an educational tool for immigrant students of color. She wrote a children’s book, in which the protagonist immigrates to the U.S. and is bullied for being an immigrant, but continues to pursue her education and becomes a very successful immigration lawyer.

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2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES KOA DE LEON

ADRIENNE DE FARIA

MING-AN FASQUELLE

RILEY FASS

Filipino Americans Rising

Masks for LA LGBT Center

Anecdote Boat: Uncovering the Past Podcast

History and Founding of Pomona Activities for Children

Koa’s Gold Award project addressed the lack of ethnic studies in high school curricula. She organized a series of five virtual workshops that taught Filipino American high school students about their history and how to become leaders. She gathered speakers to discuss leadership, Filipino American history, and leadership skills.

Adrienne’s Gold Award project addressed the lack of PPE for underserved communities. She supplied the Los Angeles LGBT Center with cloth and medical grade masks, supplies to sew masks, and video tutorials in Spanish and English.

Ming-An’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by amplifying the voices of senior citizens. She created a podcast where every 20-min episode highlighted a different senior’s beautiful and complex life.

Riley’s Gold Award project addressed the accessibility of fun and educational local history activities for children. She made a workbook of activities with history on three historical sites from the Historical Society of Pomona. Her project made local history in Pomona more accessible and interesting to kids.

ELISE DEGROOT

ARIANNA DIAZ

JULIA FINCH

LILLYANNE FISHER

Purling Girls

Project Sweet Tooth

Care About Rare

Artistic Expression Against Digital Addiction

Elise’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by helping Knots of Love create and mail baby blankets to babies in the NICU. She did this by safely teaching her friends how to knit. Once the blankets were done, she took them to the Knots of Love headquarters, where she packaged and labeled other knit goods.

Gold Award Recipient

KATRYNA ISABELLE DIONISIO

EVELYN DOWD

Music Wall Katryna’s Gold Award project addressed inclusion of children with special needs. She created a sensory-friendly way for kids to interact with one another and provided a creative space for them. Katryna is passionate about making schools a more inclusive place for everyone, regardless of their needs.

Lillyanne’s Gold Award project utilized an artistic approach to address electronics overuse. Through interactive art workshops, she taught children and their families about the harms of digital addiction. She introduced creative expression as a means of developing the reflective skills that are subdued by extensive smartphone use.

MOLLY FLEISCHER

EILSE FONG

Reading is Fun(damental)!

Mask Making Video

Amp It Up

Evelyn’s Gold Award project addressed literacy rates in underserved communities. She worked with Families Forward Learning Center, to make the library more accessible and inviting, creating resources with information on local libraries and educational websites. She also created a program pairing a high school volunteer with a Pre-K student to read a book once a week.

Molly’s Gold Award project addressed the shortage of masks in underserved communities. Her project focused on encouraging people to donate masks. She learned how to sew masks and created an instructional video teaching others how to make them. She was able to donate more than 50 masks to Ronald McDonald House in Pasadena.

Elise’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by building recording studios out of recycled crates and hosting workshop exercises for confidenceboosting. Elementary school students in her community will use her recording studios to record assignments using the Flipgrid and Seesaw apps.

MINA FAIRALL

ASHLEY FARRELL

LILY FONTES

KATHARINE FRANKLIN

Pure Imagination: Unlocking Your Inner Creative Genius

A Rookies Guide to FIRST Lego League

Garbage to Gold

Raising Awareness; Raising Noodle

Mina’s Gold Award project addressed the lack of variety of art forms taught in schools. She created and implemented a sixweek online comic/cartooning summer art course through her local library for 9- 12-year-old students in her community.

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Julia’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by increasing awareness and support for people living with rare diseases.

Ashley’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by creating a 16-part video series teaching students about robotics and engineering, through the FIRST Lego League program. The series provided simple instructions allowing mentors and family members to provide quality guidance to students interested in the field.

Gold Award Recipient

Katharine’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by socializing and training her puppy, Noodle, as a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of America. She educated her community about how guide dog teams should be respected, and she raised awareness about how guide dogs provide more independence for the visually impaired.

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2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES ELIZABETH MARIE FREEMAN Sketching 101 How to Blast off as an Artist Gold Award Recipient

Abolition Through Awareness Lucy’s Gold Award project addressed the threat of nuclear warfare by hosting several events and opportunities to educate her community about this issue. She partnered with Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles to create a documentary, website, pamphlets and t-shirts for the organization’s office and held presentations for more than 200 community members.

ALESSANDRA GONZALEZ

CLAUDIA GOORE Project Angel Food Masks

Gardens of the World - Lesson Plans Gold Award Recipient Gold Award Recipient

ELIZABETH FUIRE

KATIE FURLONG

ALYSSA GORE

SOPHIA GRAMMER

Buidling Confidence and Self Esteem Through Theater

Beneficial Bug Hotels

Growing Goodness

Safe Community Theatre in the Time of COVID

Katie’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of deforestation by teaching the next generation how to help. She wrote a book to spread the word.

Alyssa Gore’s Gold Award Project titled “Growing Goodness” made an impact on her community by adding a vegetable garden to her local retirement home. This garden catered to different disabilities of the elderly residents by having multilevel gardening beds. Alyssa’s project ignited passion in many residents, as well as gave them a fresh alternative to be used in the facility’s kitchen.

Sophia’s Gold Award project made a difference in the community by bringing performance to the virtual stage. Sophia wrote a play and worked with young actors to create a 60-minute Zoom production. Sophia shared the play with the community through YouTube and wrote a manual on virtual productions for local theater companies.

Gold Award Recipient

ANI GABRELIAN

ALYSSA GARCIA

MADAILEIN GREGG

MOIRA GULDEN

The Golden Brush

Ebell Memorial Garden

2nd Day Denim

Education on Cleft Lip Genetics

Ani’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by bringing together youth and elder communities through art. Together, Girl Scout Troop 1202 and Boy Scout Troop 440 held art workshops and created beautiful paintings to deliver to Ararat Home as gifts for the elderly, bringing them joy during difficult times.

Alyssa’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by beautifying an empty space for the community to enjoy. Beautifying the Ewell brought life back into the property. This area is now sustainable and everyone is able to enjoy it, whether touring the property or viewing it from afar.

Madailein’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of denim waste in landfills. She collected used denim from residents in her community, then gave it to an organization that turns denim into eco-friendly insulation.

Moira’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by spreading awareness about Van derWoudes Syndrome. She created a curriculum on the genetics of the condition for local high school biomed science students and made pamphlets for UCLA and St. John’s Hospital craniofacial clinics. She also created a Youtube video and social media accounts.

MADELINE GRACE GUTIERREZ

SAMANTHA GENTILLE

ESTHER GOLDBERG

KARINA GUNN

Training an Equine Therapy Horse for Dream Catcher of Los Angeles

Taking on Gluten

Food Waste and Composting in Santa Monica

Samantha’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by providing Dream Catcher with a therapeutic riding horse for their lesson program. She raised funds to purchase the horse and trained him for therapeutic riding lessons. She also made an instructional video for future volunteers.

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LUCY FRIEDMAN

Esther’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by raising awareness about celiac disease. She created a website for gluten-free recipes, food lists, information, and presentations. She also hosted Zoom meetings with family, friends, and community organizations, teaching people about the disease and her experiences living with it.

Karina’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of food waste. She hosted seminars for local students, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts, educating them on the origin of food waste, how they can reduce their own food waste, and how to repurpose their food waste into compost.

PC Building Madeline’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by teaching different generations how to build their own personal computer.

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2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES PAIGE GUTZKE

ADRIANA GYEPES

SKYLAR HIGGINS

LINDSEY HIRANO

Solar Boat Garden

Seeing Myanmar

Dare to Prepare

Girl Code

Paige’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by educating it about San Dimas High School’s strong STEM club.

Adriana’s Gold Award project addressed the lack of glasses for children in Myanmar. She collected used glasses in her community by setting up donation boxes, holding presentations in schools, creating a website, and working with stores. She then took the glasses she had collected to Myanmar.

Skylar’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by teaching students and Girl Scouts how to create wildfire preparedness plans. She led presentations for over 200 people, teaching them the basics of fire safety and leading them through making and sharing an emergency plan. She also designed a website full of resources so anyone can “”dare to prepare.”

Gold Award Recipient

KAITLYN HAMMER

CHRISTINA HANNA

ALYSSA HO

JANELLE HO

A Journey Through Time

Emergency Supply Kits

Full STEAM Ahead

Career and Future With the Army National Guard

Kaitlyn’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by interviewing senior citizens encouraging them to share their life experiences which she made into a book. She trained volunteers to host a Brownie workshop to teach girls about family stories. She also crafted a manual with instructions to replicate her project.

Christina’s Gold Award project addressed emergency preparedness. Christina discovered her school had only small first-aid kits that were lacking. She decided to expand her school’s emergency supplies. With the help of donors and volunteers, she provided 50 emergency supply buckets for classrooms in her school, and she replenished them as needed.

Alyssa’s Gold Award project addressed the lack of diversity in STEM. She hosted an online, all-female app competition. Participants from 11+ countries learned about paper prototyping, Figma, and Thunkable to design a mental health app. Participants were also given resources to other app competitions, where they could continue their app ideas.

ANNELIESE HANSON

SAMANTHA HAYASHI

KAITLYN HO

CLARE HOUSTON

Avian Avengers

Happy Spaces

Spreading Their Stories: Viet Biographies

Pregnancy Help Center Stories

Anneliese’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by teaching others how birds impact the environment. She instructed people to make simple changes in their day-to-day life to help maintain bird populations.

Samantha’s Gold Award project addressed the stigma of mental health in the Asian American community. She updated the waiting room at the Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Center by painting a carnival-themed mural and providing fun activities for children. She also worked with younger Scouts to make frames to display children’s artwork.

Gold Award Recipient

Clare’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of spreading awareness about the Pregnancy Help Center and the pro-life message. She created a booklet of stories from women who had positive experiences at the center, service info, and volunteer opportunities. She gave presentations about the center to youth groups at St. James’ Parish and Bishop Montgomery High School.

ANNIKA HERNANDEZ

ELISE HERNANDEZ

LAINEE IRRIBARREN

ARABELLA ISHKHANIAN

From A to Zen; Healthy Food Options and Lifestyle Choices

Picture the Progress

Book-Ease

Women in S.T.E.M

Elise’s Gold Award project provided students of under-resourced communities with professional photography equipment and a virtual photography class. She gave presentations on the basic mechanics and history of photography, and brought in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer to discuss photography as a career choice.

Lainee’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by replacing the library service eliminated from an elementary school due to pandemic-related budget cuts. She made videos of herself reading books, while also including reading comprehension questions. She made monthly kits with specific topics such as sensory and focus to help with learning.

Arabella’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by creating a club at John Burroughs High School called Women In S.T.E.M. Arabella successfully reached her goals: empowering young women, bringing awareness to STEM fields, and encouraging endless possibilities.

Annika’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by raising awareness about the importance of personal health, from physical activity to self-care.

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2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES BROOKLYN JACKSON

ZOE JACOBS

ISABELLA KASH

EUNICE KAY

Brooklyn’s Bridge

Saugus Strong Mental Health Garden

Special Needs Activity Cart

Adulting 101

Brooklyn’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by uplifting children awaiting placement in foster care. Her project, Brooklyn’s Bridge, brings “light” to children going through times of uncertainty in their lives. With the help of the Brooklyn’s project, the children can now see that they are truly loved.

Gold Award Recipient

Gold Award Recipient

Gold Award Recipient

HONEY JAMES

HAILEY JOHNSON

JULIA KELLER

ABIGAIL KELLY

Stop Teen Vaping

Senior Center Technology Workshop

Helping House of Yahweh

Fostering Equity Through Literacy

Honey’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of the teen vaping. Her objective was to enlighten teens about the dangers of vaping. She created flyers and bumper stickers with hotline numbers, which were distributed throughout her community. She also created a short video for the Walnut High School website as a resource for teens and their families.

Hailey’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of seniors lacking technology knowledge by holding Zoom workshops. The workshops contained powerpoint presentation with visual instruction, games, and Q&A of the information. A 40-page IT manual was made for the seniors to access on their own when in need of help.

Julia’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of community engagement. Her project helped a local outreach organization called House of Yahweh, by listing dozens of clothing items to their online store. The project also implemented a sustainable organizational system for storing items.

Abigail’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by accomplishing her original project of building a library for a domestic violence shelter and changing and expanding the plan when faced with challenges. Abigail collected over 11,000 books and provided them to the shelter library, multiple schools, the local courthouse, and a few different organizations.

BRIANNE JUNG

ASHLEY KANESHIRO

GRACIN KERRY

SOPHIE KESHISHIAN

Sensory Pathways

The History of the Japanese American Basketball League

Medical Staff and Family- Cabin 25

Campus Sustainable Beautification

Gracin’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by providing a place for medical staff and their family to stay at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times, allowing for more childhood cancer survivors and their families to participate in camp activities.

Sophie’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of climate change and drought by beautifying the entrance of Taft High School using California Native, drought-resistant plants. Sophie held a Zoom meeting with fellow Cubs and Brownies, to instill the importance of saving water at home. She created and sent Water Conservation Tip Cards to every troop family.

Brianne’s Gold Award project made an impact by establishing sensory pathways in the hallways of her local elementary school. These pathways provided a “brain break” to help children regain their concentration by engaging them in mindful movement. From hopping on starfish to counting ladybugs, they benefit childrens’ cognitive and motor skills development.

CASSIE KAO

SAMARA KAPLAN

JULIA KEZELE

ANGELA KHADOUR

Music Wellness Program

“If You Fall Down You Get Back Up Again” - Inclusion Music Video

Garden Patio Upgrade for Seniors

Healthy Living During Quarantine

Julia’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of the impact of COVID-19 on the senior community by renovating the Pasadena Senior Center’s Garden. Julia added new plants, new river rocks around the base of six trees, solar lights for trees, solar pathway lights, and market lights for their patio.

Angela’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of unhealthy living during quarantine by doing workshops with high school students. During the workshops, Angela addressed important topics about living healthy. She made a brochure that she sent to friends, family, high school students, and her troop. Angela also created a website.

Cassie’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by connecting the youth at her church with those in the special education classes through music and building relationships. Her project strives to bring joy to these kids through music and improve their emotional and mental health by offering an outlet for them to express their emotions. 15

Ashley’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by spreading awareness of the 90-year history of the Japanese American Optimist (JAO) Youth Basketball League, the internment of JapaneseAmericans, and the importance of good sportsmanship on the court.

Samara’s Gold Award project addressed the issues of inclusion, friendship, and anti-stereotyping by creating an original song and a music video. The video is available on YouTube and is intended to be used to “spark” meaningful conversations. Bullying is not okay, and stereotyping is not okay.

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2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES MIKAYLIE KIYOMURA

EMILY KLAPMUST

ALLISON LARRIMORE

JACQUELINE MEI YEE LEE

Storybook Garden

Safety Signs for Schools

Mental Illness: Don’t Believe the Hype

Empowering Tri-Valley Girls in STEM

Gold Award Recipient

Allison’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of mental illness by creating a website with resources and support targeted towards teens. She presented the website at leader and troop meetings to spread the message. The project was important to her as someone who personally struggles with mental illness.

Jacqueline’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of females in the STEM field. Collaborating with her school district, she planned and hosted a virtual panel featuring women in animal science where panelists shared about their careers and their pathways in school. It was shared with students and volunteers at the Oakland Zoo.

NOA KROP

SIMONE KUO

KATHERINE LEE

NATALIE LEE

Patching Together a Safe Return to Soccer

Project W.A.S.H.

Health and Fitness Videos for Elementary School Students

Live Stream for Church

Noa’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of safely returning to youth sports during the pandemic by designing and distributing patches to young girls’ to wear on their masks. The coaches gave them out to recognize leadership or mastering a new skill to inspire girls to want to participate, wear their masks, and build skills while having fun.

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Emily’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by creating kid-friendly COVID-19 signage for three local elementary schools, helping facilitate the safe return of K–6 students to on-campus learning during the pandemic.

Simone’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of younger generations lack of complying with COVID-19 protocols by providing health resources to local schools. Simone designed health educational materials, produced safety videos, and created informative brochures and flyers. The flyers and brochures will be provided to partnered schools when they reopen.

Katherine’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by sharing her love and knowledge of healthy living. She created a 9-video program with fun and easy ways to exercise, stretch, and make healthy recipes. Katherine gave young students from 3 schools time to grow, rest, reflect, and learn healthy daily routines.

Natalie’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by providing a live stream for her church so elderly members could watch services from home. She made a booklet that explained the live stream process and trained church staff. She also helped elderly church members learn how to use the technology to access the live streaming services.

HAILEY LAM

HANNAH LANDSWICK

OLIVIA LEE

ZOE LIN

Reading for the Future

Shelter Animal Adoption Education

Creating Apps and Videos to Teach Kids About Environmental Issues

Cleaner Oceans Project

Hailey’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by starting a reading incentive program and renovating the library at Longfellow Elementary School. She read virtually with students every Friday in order to give the students more one-on-one help. In addition, she collected and bought new books to expand and update the library’s collection.

Hannah’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by creating a video with training information and tips and a pamphlet with important information when adopting your canine companion. She also hosted pet care workshops with adopters to help them as a part of the adoption process.

ERIN LANGNESS

MAYA LARA

MIKAELA LIPPON

The Gold Award Garden

Healing Hearts Through Art

Treadmill Desk for Working and Learning From Home

Erin’s Gold Award project made a difference in the community by partnering with a local community garden to provide them with access to compost bins to promote a sustainable lifestyle. Erin developed a website for the community with examples of ways to change habits to live more sustainably. Erin also led Junior troops to earn their Gardener Badge.

Maya’s Gold Award project made a difference in the community by allowing pediatric patients to be kids and not be patients by doing arts and crafts and having fun.

Gold Award Recipient

Mikaela’s Gold Award project made an impact on the community by providing a way to exercise while overcoming the challenges of COVID-19. Mikaela taught people how to build a treadmill desk through holding in-person workshops and DIY videos and has inspired others to stay active and be creative through exercise.

Zoe’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of ocean pollution by creating a children’s book and video educating elementary students about the harmful effects plastic waste has on marine life.

AMANDA LIZARRAGA Distance Dancing Amanda’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by reformating her dance community’s practices to an online format. Her work with the Dixon Dance Troupe aided the community in understanding dance is important not only physically, but also on a neurological level, as discussed in her research paper.

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2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES CHARLOTTE LOCICERO

NATALIA LOGG

NORA ANN MCGINITY

MACHAELA MCLAIN

Road to Becoming a Better Photographer

Project Love Yourself

Improving the Food Service Area at Saint Lawrence of Brindisi Catholic Church

Girl Power

For her Gold Award project, Charlotte created Road to Becoming a Better Photographer to help teens with limited access to affordable classes, build social skills, creativity, and cultural awareness. Private art classes are often expensive or not available until high school.

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Natalia’s Gold Award made an impact on the community by informing middle and high school students about the importance of body positivity and self-confidence. She created an informational pamphlet, a YouTube video with testimonials, and podcasts from experts in the field in health and fitness. Natalia also presented to Girl Scouts and youth groups in her community.

Nora’s Gold Award project made a difference by refurbishing the area the church uses to serve food to those experiencing homelessness. Nora spruced up the garden with all-new plants, grasses and flowers. The changes brought smiles to the visitors and volunteers.

Machaela’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of the lack of women in male-dominated fields by directing a documentary that featured women in different careers. She interviewed 13 women from different backgrounds and asked them about their experiences, journeys, and any advice they might have to girls.

ELIZABETH MANSOUR

AUDREY MARCUS

BROOKE MCMURREY

SIMRAN MEHTA

At Home Gardening Kit

Peace of Mind Masks

Makerspace Recording Studio

Coding for All

Elizabeth’s Gold Award project made an impact on the community by giving the homebound clients of Foothill Unity Center something to do and make, providing them with some extra healthy foods, and teaching them gardening skills.

Audrey’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of COVID-19 by providing masks to foster families as a way to keep them safe and healthy during the pandemic. Since the masks are washable, families can use them for years to come.

Brooke’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by empowering kids to use technology in a fun exciting way. She helped create and implement an audio-visual program at the Makerspace-STEM classroom. By exposing kids to technology at a young age, they are more likely to pursue STEM fields in the future.

Simran’s Gold Award project addressed the lack of female involvement in STEM. She taught young girls the basics of coding. Her goal was to encourage girls to consider coding as a possible career and not be discouraged by gender stereotypes. For 10 consecutive weeks, Simran successfully taught middle school girls how to use and interpret the Unity program.

MARY MARSH

MAYA MASAOKA

SYLVIE MEKJIAN

NINA MELENDREZ

Comfort Room

A Lifetime of Music

Happy Totes for the Tough

Project Sponsor a Home

For her Gold Award project, Mary created a separate space for the patient’s families to grieve for their loved one in peace, called the Comfort Room. The room contained a prayer box for notes, chairs and table, magazines, books, and brochures on hospice and funeral services in the surrounding counties.

Maya’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by helping kids in her community learn about the value of music and how to appreciate it, and helped them start a lifelong skill of playing an instrument.

Sylvie’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by providing 60 cancer patients at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, with handsewn tote bags. The bags were filled with essential items that helped ease their discomfort, and give them a little happiness during their chemotherapy treatments.

Gold Award Recipient

THALIA MASON

ELLIE MASSIMINO

LINDSAY MICHELS

MALINA MIURA

Sensory Fort

Bookcases for Ascencia

Paving a Brand New Path

Pen Pal Program

Thalia’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by providing a safe space for special needs students to use sensory objects to engage with the world around them while at school. She made weighted stuffed animals for the teacher to use during class and constructed the fort in a way that was simple to take apart and reassemble for easy cleaning.

Ellie’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by providing the children at Ascencia, books and art supplies. She painted and designed shelves, made coloring books, hosted book and art supply drives, and made lesson plans for the children at Ascencia. Ellie hopes that the children staying there can use and enjoy her project.

Lindsay’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by giving people a space to enjoy nature during social isolation. Lindsey worked to maintain local neglected trails, where her community can now spend time outside safely and improve their mental health during the pandemic. She also beautified areas of Los Angeles to promote outdoor recreation in the city.

Malina’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by creating a sustainable pen pal program through the Culver City Sister City Committee and Culver City High School. The program gives students learning Japanese and Spanish an opportunity to meet and write letters to students learning English in Kaizuka, Japan and Uruapan, Mexico.

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2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES SAYLA MIYOSHI

KARENA MO

KEIRA OKADA

JENNA OKOHIRA

Keeping Our Students Safe

Awareness of Pets of the Homeless

Music Theory Education for Young Musicians

Healthy Start to a Healthy Heart

Sayla’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by educating her fellow students about injury prevention and care. She held online workshops, created educational videos, and shared resources through a webpage on her school’s Sports Medicine Team website. Her project reached over 300 individuals and counting.

Karena’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by bringing awareness to the struggles for the pets of homeless persons. She created a website to address the issue and held a virtual food drive to collect pet food, beds, and supplies for their pets. She also created pamphlets that were displayed at pet stores in her community about the issue.

Jenna’s Gold Award project addressed health education. She created video workshops about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and presented them to an elementary class. She hopes the content, which included topics such as the Plate Method, exercise, and common health misconceptions, will instill a willingness to be more health conscious.

ELLIE MOGA

SELA MURPHY

SYDNEY ORRISON

ALEXANDRIA ORTIZ

Senior Citizen Socialization

Girl Sense

Giving History an Update

The Golden Race

Gold Award Recipient

Sela’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by hosting a series of free one-hour workshops on self-defense for young women throughout January 2021. She invited teen girls to join her on Zoom to learn self-defense techniques, gain awareness, set boundaries, and learn information they must know in the event of an assault.

Sydney’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by developing a website for the Historical Society of Pomona Valley. The Historical Society has many valuable resources for students and researchers but needed a better way to share them. Sydney created a new website that makes the Historical Society’s information and resources more accessible and user-friendly.

Alexandria’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by giving people an outlet to stay active and motivated while at home during the pandemic. By posting weekly workout videos, information on athletics, and interviewing volunteers about their experience in sports. Participants could challenge themselves by running a cumulative eight-mile virtual race.

EMIKO NAEPFLIN

LANA NEULANDER

RHIANNON PAILET

KARINA PARIKH

Better Learning Through Improved Nourishment

Ice Age in the Computer Age

ElderLearning Music

Pennekamp Online Tutoring Platform

Lana’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by giving kids access to science programming through the La Brea Tar Pits during the pandemic. Lana helped the La Brea Tar Pits Museum develop a digital curriculum with hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Rhiannon’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by promoting productivity, social interaction, and happiness in the lives of the elderly through music therapy. She enlisted a group of volunteers and taught ukulele lessons. She also hosted a Christmas ukulele show to showcase the progress they made during her project.

Gold Award Recipient

For Emiko’s Gold Award project, she helped underserved families facing food scarcity worsened by the pandemic. By teaming up with Helpline Youth Counseling, Emiko reached out to families in need and provided them meal kits with ingredients and instructions. The meal kits were designed to be easily-recreated in the future.

ANNIE NGIAM

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Keira’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by making music theory education more accessible for young musicians by reaching out to students who were a part of a nonprofit music organization. She was able to make an impact in their lives by providing them with the foundations of music theory education.

HERA OHANNESSIAN

NICOLE PARKER

MIA PAVON

Word Play

Toddler Outdoor Learning

Building US and Japan Relations

Just Keep Swimming

Annie’s Gold Award project created a safe place for writers online. From aspiring writers, to those who have experience putting pen to paper, the Word Play website is a place to foster writing and creativity. Featured articles, writing prompts, and a spotlight on community writing, the website provides a home for writing and writers across the nation.

Hera’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by creating a fun learning environment for toddlers at AGBU Artemis Nazarian preschool. She created different stations with learning activities and playsets to play and enjoy. Children gained an education through activity, while socializing with their peers and being outdoors.

Nicole’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by educating students about the Great East Japan Earthquake and the discrimination that Fukushima residents faced in the aftermath. Her project goal was to help others understand the challenges different populations and groups go through and to cultivate relationships with people of different backgrounds.

Mia’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by reminding the young ladies of the Boys and Girls Club that they are worthy of a comfortable safe space. Mia remodeled the girls locker room, livening up the place with handmade cubbies, benches, murals, clothing hooks, and installing small motivational handmade paintings. 22


2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES JASMIN PETERMAN

HANNAH PHAN

GIOVANNA QUEVEDO

MICHELLE RACHMAT

Teach Effective Travel English and History/Culture of Los Angeles to Japanese Students

Simple Actions Create Simple Smiles

A Kid’s Guide to Radiation Therapy

Comfortably Waiting

Hannah’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by creating an inclusiveness club at her school. This club met daily to reduce the gap between Special Education students and students at her school. They broke the ice by playing fun icebreaker games and doing cool crafts.

Giovanna’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by adressing the need for ageappropriate, resources on radiation therapy in the pediatric cancer community. After researching, writing and publishing her book, she partnered with 12 hospitals and organizations to provide her resources to over 45,000 patients and families.

Michelle’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by providing recliners, charging station, and Google Chromecast for families in the surgical waiting area of a local medical facility. She also made 132 activity bags for siblings the patients getting out of surgery. The activity bags were in three categories: art, school supplies, and toys.

Gold Award Recipient

AVANTHI PILLAN

ISABELLA PIZANA

ELANAH RAE

ALEXA RAHARDJO

Training for the Future

Lend a Hand

Kali’s Journey

Educate626

Gold Award Recipient

Isabella’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by helping women and children survivors of domestic violence and bringing awareness of the issue to her community.

Elanah’s Gold Award project raised awareness about inhumane living conditions for dogs. She raised money to fly a dog from Korea and fostered the dog for two months while educating members of her community about the issue.

Alexa’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by unifying various generations and ethnic communities by spreading awareness about current political and social topics in native languages.

KATELYN POOL

NAOMI PORTER

SAVANNAH RANGEL

ALLISON RAYER

Closing the Technology Gap

EntrepreYOUership

You Mean Something

Virtual Summer Camp

Katie’s Gold Award project addressed gender and age gaps in computer science and technology. She hosted a virtual workshop for Junior Girl Scouts to learn basic coding skills and met female role models in computer science. She hosted a virtual class teaching social media to seniors seeking ways to connect with their families and friends during the pandemic.

Naomi’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by providing free entrepreneurial education to youth. Her project has served over 600 youth through 30+ workshops equipping young people with an entrepreneurial mindset. Her advocacy and Gold Award work has been featured in Forbes, Girl Talk HQ, and Voyage LA Magazine.

Savannah’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of mental health in middle school students by writing positive messages on the bathroom stalls. She did this by first painting the stalls bright, beautiful colors and painting fun designs on them. She then wrote different hotlines for students to call or text if they need help.

Allison’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by providing kids with a COVID-safe summer camp. Allison worked with La Canada Presbyterian Church to convert their annual Vacation Bible School into an online experience with daily small group Zoom calls and a Shaved Ice truck event. She planned curriculum, and created videos with craft and STEM projects.

SOFIA PRESTINE

FRANCESCA PUCCINELLI

MIA RISIGLIONE

JOELY RODGRIGUEZ

Saving the Environment One Pet Bed at a Time

Navigating Social Media

Comfort Is Happiness

Bonding Dolls

Francesca’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of the dangers of social media by creating a workshop that teaches young girls how to safely navigate the internet. In addition, she also created a website that contains resources that guide girls through specific issues involving social media.

Mia’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by giving hope to those children with cancer and their families going through a difficult time. She was dedicated and determined in reassuring these children that they were not battling this journey alone. Seeing the smile on those kids faces as they received their care packages made her project worthwhile.

Joely’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by bringing moms closer to their premature babies. She partnered with others to create dolls in the mom’s shirt for 12 hours to pick up the mom’s scent. The dolls were placed next to the premature baby in the incubator simulating the mom being able to hold the baby.

Sofia’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of pollution and overconsumption by promoting the repurposing of materials instead of purchasing. Sofia created pet beds made out of used textiles and project volunteers learned about fast fashion and pollution while making pet beds to donate to the Chesterfield Square Animal Shelter. 23

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2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES REBEKAH RUDDER

ALEXANDRA RUNNELS

KAILEE JANE SAWAI

MARY SAYER

Softball… Always Let It Fly, Never Let It Die

Musical Mentors

Cultural Roots and Eats

Give Blue Go Green

Alexandra’s Gold Award project made a difference in the community by giving elementary band students free music lessons from high school students. Not only did the elementary students notice improvement in their musicianship, but it strengthened the bond between the younger and older band students. It also encouraged students to continue with band.

Kailee’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of loss of cultural identity by hosting cooking workshops to target a part of their cultural heritage--the food.

Mary’s Gold Award project addressed textile waste and the clothing needs of the homeless. She educated others on the environmental impact of fast fashion. She also held a denim drive to provide a local homeless service center, Friends in Deed, with durable jeans, and to donate denim to be used for insulation in low-income housing through Cotton’s Blue Jeans Go Green organization.

Rebekah’s Gold Award Project titled Softball… Always Let It Fly, Never Let It Die addresses the issue of lack of support for softball players, especially the ones who start late in the sport. Rebekah created a website for all softball players to use as a resource to find educational videos, inspirational stories, and skill-building exercises.

AMANDA RUSH BOVA

MAGGIE RYAN

BROOKE SCHWABE

AMANDA SCOVILLE

Elizabeth House Art Mural and Vegetable Garden

Be Mindful and Meditate

One Kick at a Time

A Creative Space for the Arts at La Canada High School

Maggie’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by creating mental health resources through a website. Her website included guided meditations, ways to relieve stress, and information about mindfulness. Her school guidance counselor used her resources to help students gain access to important mental well-being methods.

Brooke’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of a loss in physical fitness in children by providing a free, online class that all kids could attend from home.

Amanda’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by planting a sustainable garden for residents at Elizabeth House and painting a mural in the therapy room. The mural reads, “It is Well with my Soul, Be Still and know that I am God,” to uplift the pregnant women receiving counseling.

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Amanda’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by refurbishing her school’s photography/ graphic arts room. She painted the classroom, supplied new tables, chairs, shelves, cabinets, monitors and organized supplies. The updated workplace allows for more collaboration and creativity between teacher and students.

CARLY SABOURIN

SAMANTHA SALAZ

MAYA SHEKLOW

DREW SHINOZAKI

How to Love Yourself

Strongertogether.com

A Look Into Down Syndrome

Spiraling Sonder

Gold Award Recipient

Gold Award Recipient

Gold Award Recipient

Drew’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by introducing Title I middle school children to the joys of creative writing and importance of self-expression. Drew organized a creative writing workshop, online literary magazine, and writing competitions to emphasize the importance of written communication skills.

TALEEN SAMPLE

OLIVIA SANCHEZ

ASHLEY SIBBREL

AUDREY SIOENG

There With Care Teen Ambassador Program

Visual Dictionaries in American Sign Language and Spanish

Reintroducing STEAM to Students

Creative Expression Community Youth Project

Taleen’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by connecting There with Care, an organization providing support to families of children facing critical illness, with students and volunteers. Through lunch and learns, events and collection drives, Taleen inspired youth to advocate and contiribute to the families growing support system.

Olivia’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by providing assistance to families of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at Pennekamp Elementary School. She made a 70-page dictionary in English and Spanish with American Sign Language signs providing both print and digital copies for at home and classroom use.

Ashley’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by introducing kids to the world of STEAM. Ashley created a modified, COVID-friendly curriculum, allowing elementary school students to perform STEAM experiments at home. Ashley hopes to expand the curriculum she developed into new school districts for other students to use across the nation.

Audrey’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by introducing students to creative writing. She organized workshops in partnership with Arcadia Library to teach middle and high school students the basics of journaling, songwriting, short stories, and poetry. Audrey also created a blog to provide young writers further resources and advice. 26


2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES ISABELLA SOLORZA

ALEXANDRIA SORENSEN

KAITLIN TOM

ELIZABETH TON

Mindfulness Center

Awareness to the First Aid Needs of the Homeless

Crafting Literacy

Reading Empowerment

Kaitlin’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of low literacy rates in Africa by creating a library in Malawi. Kaitlin collected and donated 1,188 books including reading comprehension questions and crafts. Through Kaitlin’s project, Pre-K through fourth grade Malawian students will have the resources and opportunity to learn how to read.

Elizabeth’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by providing a library to the Hope of the Valley Homeless Shelters. She worked to make the common room a brighter, more welcoming place to read, established a reading incentive program, and hosted reading sessions on Zoom.

Isabella’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by at the counseling center at Euclid Elementary School in Boyle Heights. Isabella made colorful wrap-around benches to give the area some life. She attached bamboo chimes to surrounding trees creating a more relaxing outdoor space perfect for students to reconnect and seek emotional support.

DANA SORENSEN

SUMMER SPENCER

SARA TORRES

ANDIE TOTH

Hands-on Educational Gardens for Kindergartners

MHF Injury Prevention for Communities

Disease and Virus Awareness Bins

Butterfly Community Garden

Dana’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by designing and constructing four hardy planter boxes, fundraising for planting materials such as the seeds, soil, and drainage rocks and matching watering cans. She also created an original lesson plan, stop motion video, and coloring sheet.

Summer’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by providing local schools direction on ways to survive an accidental release of toxic chemicals from the Torrance Refinery. Working with a local engineer and scientist to author protocols, she encouraged science teachers to incorporate the guidance into their curriculum.

Gold Award Recipient

Gold Award Recipient

ERIN STUTENROTH

MICHELLE TAN

KATELYN TRUONG

SARA TRUONG

Supporting Literacy in Juvenile Detention Centers

Bilingual Program for Preschools

Disaster Defense

Once a Chef Always a Chef

Michelle’s Gold Award project made an impact on the community by empowering preschoolers to connect with both American and Chinese aspects of their identity. Michelle wrote and illustrated short bilingual stories to teach kids in an entertaining way and created interactive card games and manual to help educators continue to use the method.

Katelyn’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of natural disaster preparation by helping a local school, Saint Euphrasia, raise money and purchase supplies to create disaster kits for the faculty and classrooms. She also helped educate the community by posting informative videos online about procedures during earthquakes, fires, and lockdown scenarios.

Gold Award Recipient

Gold Award Recipient

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Gold Award Recipient

MAHEILIA THOMAS

SHELBI THOMAS

JENEE TURNER

ZOE TURNER

Walk This Way- A Story Adventure

Soccer Skills

Sorting Through Stress

GirlCode: Expanding Coding for Minority Girls

Maheilia’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by promoting children’s literacy. Her project provided a fun, new way for children and families to enjoy reading. The Story Adventure also allowed families to enjoy time outside together while in the midst of the pandemic.

Shelbi’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by helping kids learn how to play soccer. Shelbi is passionate about providing equal access to children so that they have the opportunity to experience new and exciting things.

Jenee’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by giving women in a local group home a clean and organized place to get clothes and personal hygiene items. She has also aided them in de-stressing though their recovery by providing videos on how to relax through yoga.

Zoe’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by recognizing and celebrating women in STEM fields, and by creating her own STEM club for coding.

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2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES MAEGAN UNG

LINA URQUIZA

LEILANI WIDJAJA

GRACE WILLIAMSON

Let’s Recycle Together!

Mural at College View

Preschool Building Improvement

Hospital Heroes With Capes and Crowns

Maegan’s Gold Award project addressed the issue of climate change by creating educational materials for kids at Hugo Reid Elementary school. Maegan donated decorative recycling bins to promote recycling and created vinyl banners illustrating how to combat climate change by changing 7 habits to encouraging more responsible student habits.

Lina’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by creating an “Aloha” themed mural on the playground of a school for children with unique abilities as well as donating art supplies to the art program at College View. Lina enjoyed interacting with the students one-on-one as well as educating others about this incredible school and all that it does.

Leilani’s Gold Award project made a difference in the community by inspiring young children to pursue their curiosity about art, teach them about different areas of the world, broaden their knowledge, and improve the school’s interior.

SAVANNA VANDER HEUL Happiness on Four Hooves Savanna’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by working with a non-profit that provides emotional support for the mentally impaired with miniature horses. She helped the organization raise the funds needed to supply merchandise like t-shirts, so that the organization can raise more funds to help those in need.

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JENNA VANDEVENTER

OLIVIA WILSON

Practice for Percussion

The Build to More Building

Jenna’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by implementing an area for students to further their music education. With the help of her team, she built and remodeled an old storage classroom into a place for her peers to practice and learn.

Olivia’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by helping preschoolers get in touch with working with their hands and plant life. The plant wall will be used to increase environmental learning hands-on experiences in preschool.

Gold Award Recipient

ALLISON WITHERSPOON Healthy Eating and Long Term Happiness (H.E.A.L.T.H) Gold Award Recipient

KAYLEE VILLALOBOS

KRISTEN VITOLO

JOLIE WITKOWSKI

KATELYN WONG

Donate Today and Make Her Day

Plastic Free Schools!

Literacy Book Boxes

Beyond Books

Kaylee’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by taking steps to stop the “pink tax.” She created over 100 healthcare packages for women who were in need of menstrual products. Through her project, Kaylee reached over 200 people.

Kristen’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by installing a water bottle filling station at her high school, leading an environmental club on campus, and creating a website to educate young people about plastic pollution and provide resources on how to get involved.

Jolie’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by constructing, painting, and installing fun book boxes located in front of two local elementary schools and filling them with books. By the system of “Take a Book, Leave a Book” the sustainability of the book boxes can persist for many years to come.

Katelyn’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by giving parents & caregivers the tools to encourage their children to read. She wrote a book and developed a curriculum, holding workshops with parents and teachers of Monterey Park, Christian School on understanding the components of children’s literature and how to connect with their children through books.

CAITLIN WANG

ASHLEY WARD

REBECCA WONG

EMILY WOO

The Power of Leadership

Tying Generations Together With Love

Electricity and Circuits for Young Students

Japanese Americans: The Untold Story

Caitlin’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by educating elementary-aged kids about the importance of discovering the leader within them. She designed digital banners for an elementary school and held story time and workshop programs at a local library, teaching kids how to empower themselves and approach situations with confidence.

Ashley’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by providing the elderly with crafting classes that helped improve their mental health, fine motor skills, and cognitive ability. Belmont residents made baby blankets donated to newborns at the Harbor UCLA NICU, and paper flowers used to decorate the Torrance Memorial Hospital Transitional Care Center, at the class.

Rebecca’s Gold Award project addressed the lack of STEAM programs for young students by founding an 8-week after-school program at her local elementary school. Using her own cirriculum, she taught students engineering principles and to build their own breadboard circuits with the goal of fostering excitement for STEAM.

Emily’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by writing a book capturing the history of the founders of the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center. Together with interview footage of members of the SFVJACC, future genertions and leaders can understand SFVJACC , and what it has represented through history. 30


2021 GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARDEES CHRISTINA XU

IRIS XU

Mental Wellness Center

Fight Against COVID-19

Christina’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by bringing awareness to mental health issues in students and designing a space in First Avenue Middle School for students to use during times of need.

Iris’ Gold Award project made an impact on her community by creating 100 selfcare packages for healthcare workers at USC Keck Medicine. She also donated 200 N95 masks and alcohol wipes. She also taught 3 workshops to younger Girl Scouts about staying safe and how to create earsavers to donate to Foothills Unity Center.

ELLA YEE

PRU YONTRARAK

A Healthier You

Cyber Defenders

Ella’s Gold Award project impacted her community by teaching children about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Ella hosted virtual workshops for fourth grade students at Holly Avenue, and posted daily recipes and activities on her website, where she encouraged kids to embrace a healthier lifestyle. She also presented to the Arcadia School Board to promote her website.

Pru’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by encouraging more girls to take STEM classes, and eventually to enter the STEM field. She trained girls through one-on-one mentorships and training, allowing young girls to gain confidence and realize their potential and capabilities in STEM, which boys normally dominate.

CHLOE YOUNG

VALERIE YUEH

Staying Connected

A Healthy Journey

Chloe’s Gold Award project made an impact on her community by providing a platform for Soroptimist, a women’s empowerment organization, to spread their goal of improving the lives of women and girls by empowering them and giving them the resources they need to fulfill their dreams.

Valerie’s Gold Award project made a difference in her community by spreading awareness on the importance of physical and mental health. She addressed numerous topics including healthy eating basics, health-related diseases, exercise, sickness prevention, and mental health. She used social media to engage and collaborate with her audience.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2021 GOLD AWARD GIRL SCOUTS Thank you for inspiring us with your creativity, tenacity, and passion for making the world a better place.

WE’RE SO PROUD OF YOU.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Mia Britel

Patrick Amos

Juanita Dawson

Anna Armstrong

Erin Dawkins, Secretary

Dean Catalano

Elisabeth Dick

Jane Chamberlin

Monique Earl

Patricia A. Crider

Renee White Fraser

Lynn Forese

Denise Gutches, Vice Chair

Linda Griffey

Dr. Judy Ho

Sandra R. Klein

Sue Callaway Kelly

Kathryn E. Nielsen

Bill Nelson

Kathy Richards

Jim Niemiec

Karin Berger Stellar

Erin Oremland

Shelley B. Thompson

Andy Park

Mieke Velghe

Ellen E. Swarts, Chair

Arlene Falk Withers

Anna Tom Tania Van Herle, Vice Chair Michelle C. Wroan, Treasurer

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