Highest Awards Celebration May 19, 2014
Mission Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
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.
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.
Opening Flag Ceremony Welcome Paula Mae Kuiper, Miss Wisconsin 2013 Award Presentations GSWISE Young Women of Distinction Closing
Acknowledgements Many thanks to the Girl Scout Gold Award Mentor Committee and Award Workshop Learning Facilitators, for your ongoing dedication and support. Karen Bitzan
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The Golden Eagle of Merit, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to 1919, marked the beginning of a long tradition of using prestigious awards to recognize girls who made a difference in their communities and in their own lives. From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, First Class was the highest award. To achieve First Class meant that a girl was an â€œall-aroundâ€? person with some skills in many fields and a proficiency in one. Above, Juliette Gordon Low is shown pinning a young women who earned her Golden Eaglet.
Did you know? A Girl Scout who has earned her Girl Scout Gold Award immediately rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.
Girl Scout Gold Award The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest girl achievement in Girl Scouting. Throughout the years, Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors earning their Girl Scout Gold Award are challenged to complete a variety of requirements and carry out a project that meets an expressed need in the community. Allison Earl Girl Scout Individual Exploring the Effects of E-Waste “Throughout this project I became more confident speaking to others and voicing my ideas. In the future, I will encounter other situations in which I must assuredly state my opinion as a leader. Having successfully completed my Gold Award project will give me a positive experience to look back on, helping my confidence to grow even more. Earning the Gold Award also helped me to learn to work well with others, a very important part of being a leader. I will continue to improve this skill as I work in groups in college and beyond.”
After attending the World Affairs Seminar and hearing a lecture about e-waste buildup in China, Allison decided to take action and share what she had learned with others. She created an interactive e-waste exhibit with information about the sustainability of e-readers, the materials found in a computer, existing laws regulating e-waste disposal, general recycling, and Guiyu, China (where e-waste buildup is particularly severe). Allison also sent letters to Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner requesting national legislation regulating e-waste disposal.
Katelin Fabry Troop 2453 Who Are the Homeless? “This project has given me the skills and confidence to lead any project in the future. With more time and practice, the skills I have developed through this project will give me a strong base for a future job or employment opportunity in which I need to lead others. I hope that I will be able to recognize my own strengths and weaknesses in my leadership skills and continue to tweak them as necessary to become the best leader I can possibly be.”
Whenever Katelin volunteers to help the homeless, she feels like she is doing something worthwhile. The Cathedral Center in Milwaukee was the perfect partner with which to work on her Gold Award project because they focus on supporting and providing resources to women, children and families that are living homeless. Katelin realized that the Cathedral Center could beneﬁt from educating children that visit the center about what it means to be homeless. Katelin developed and piloted a curriculum that helps children understand homelessness and inspires them to go out and change the world, even just a little at a time.
April Fehr Troop 1817 Girls of Tanzania (Eagle Girl Guides of Arusha) “This project has taught me to work with people. It would not have been possible without the help and cooperation of many. I learned what to say to get support from my peers, adults and even people from different countries. This skill is something that will be relevant throughout my life and will help me be successful in things like future job interviews.”
After learning that the life expectancy of a girl born in Tanzania today is only 48 years of age, April decided to dedicate her Gold Award project to setting up a Girl Guide troop in Arusha, Tanzania. With donations and hard work, April was able to provide these girls a safe place to meet by getting them a water unit, emergency food, over 250 pairs of bras and underwear, and training for their leaders. She also educated her community by giving presentations to local churches, hosting a Girl Scout Sunday event and visiting a day camp to perform demonstrations of life in Tanzania for campers. April used social media avenues to connect the community and Girl Scout troops in America to the girls in Tanzania. Ashley Kommer Troop 4430 Community Cooperation Spring/Fall Clean-up “I think my leadership skills will grow because of this project because I was solely in charge. I want to become a teacher and I think this project will really help me to achieve that goal because I had to use my public speaking skills to find volunteers and when working with them I had to use my people skills and delegate work.”
Ashley organized a group of high school students to rake leaves for the elderly and people with disabilities in her community. The project was mutually beneﬁcial, offering a service to individuals who were unable to rake, while giving young people an opportunity to get involved in the community and earn community service hours. She chose this project because she has always felt passionate about assisting the elderly and has devoted many hours doing so throughout her Girl Scouting career. She especially enjoys the good feeling of someone truly appreciating the help she is able to provide. Lauren Lambach Troop 4317 Community Garden Expansion “I learned that sometimes you have to be flexible in case things do not go the way that yyou originally planned. After seeing the expressions on the residents’ faces on planting day, I learned that it doesn’t take a lot of people to make a big difference. They were so appreciative and excited to begin their own garden.”
Through her volunteer projects with SET Ministry in Milwaukee, an organization that cultivates relationships with people living in poverty to bring healing support and encourage self-sufﬁciency, Lauren learned of a community garden that was started by two other SET volunteers for public housing residents. She saw pictures and heard stories of the impact that the garden made on the residents. After expressing a desire to work on her Gold Award project with the SET Ministry staff, Lauren developed a plan to expand the garden so that it could beneﬁt more residents by teaching them valuable skills and providing them with a sense of ownership over a source of food and income.
Sara Martin Troop 2734 Operation Environmental Education “Through this project, I have learned how to lead a group of young children. As my project involved 13 interactive presentations, my leadership skills had to be utilized and were also strengthened due to the experience. I know that my leadership skills will continue to improve as I can apply the experiences I have had to situations in the future. After accomplishing this, I know I can accomplish anything as long as I set my mind to it. In addition, I learned to always be confident in my abilities and believe in myself.”
Sara travelled to Costa Rica on a Girl Scout destination. While she was there, she saw the need to help conserve the environment in a new light. Sara was inspired to begin “Operation Environmental Education.” Her project included many presentations to classes at Dixon Elementary School in Brookﬁeld about the importance of recycling. She shared what she had learned in Costa Rica and in her research since, and demonstrated how to make crafts out of recycled materials. Sara presented the school and teachers with materials to share the presentation in the future, including recycling posters for their classrooms. Zoe Oskarsson Girl Scout Individual Riverside Playground Project “It is scary to take on a project this large and going through all of the steps shows me that I can take on anything. This leadership gave me new confidence to go for it and do it! I tested my limits and the end result was amazing. I will be more likely to take a chance on new projects and work through new challenges.”
Zoe wanted to give children attending Riverside Elementary School the chance to learn outside the classroom and to also present them with a variety of outdoor activities that would encourage them to play and learn together. The previous playground markings and pictures at Riverside had recently been covered by a re-paving project. Zoe decided to use her leadership, communication and artistic skills to help raise money, involve the teachers and hire workers to paint 12 colorful playground games. Katie Polster Troop 2850 Our Lord’s Labyrinth “I learned to have optimism and a vision for possibilities. I know that I can always get better in public speaking and this helped me to speak in front of people that I have known and talked to. This project helped me lead a group and present it. I also learned that I can’t be afraid of failure, because then I won’t do anything.”
Katie wanted to give back to her church and address the need to replace the church’s ten year old tattered paper labyrinth with a permanent outdoor labyrinth. The labyrinth is an ancient tool used for prayer and meditation with a winding path that begins at the outer edge of a circle. The path leads to a central space and then out again by the same path. Katie researched and developed a plan to create a seven circuit labyrinth in the medieval style. She recruited and directed volunteers from Brookﬁeld Academy staff, Boy Scout Troop 183, Girl Scout Troop 2850, members of Our Lord’s United Methodist Church and community neighbors to help with the construction. Katie also designed and created a tri-fold brochure for visitors to use as a guide. Our Lord’s Church will make the prayer labyrinth available to people of all faiths for prayer and meditation. 7
Samantha Stark Troop 2514 Accessible Children’s Learning Garden “This is the first time I led a project that I had to sell to someone I never met before and had to direct adults to do work. I will be able to use these skills when I have a career after school. I also learned that it is possible to make a difference on an issue in the community by discovering a root cause and finding a solution.”
Samantha has a friend that attends Fairview South School in Brookﬁeld who has difﬁculty with her gross motor skills but has lots of energy. Sam thought that gardening might be a good way to help her friend and other kids who have trouble learning in more traditional ways. She worked with the school’s director and work center teacher to determine that taking kids outside to work in a garden would be an excellent departure from their normal routine and incorporate fun and learning. Samantha designed and built two accessible mobile gardens on wheels at different heights to accommodate various wheelchair heights, enabling children of all abilities to further develop and enhance their physical motor skills. Because the gardens are mobile, they can be moved inside for the winter and can continue to be used throughout the school year. Emily Suetholz Troop 4438 Athletic Fun for All “I think this project has given me such an advance in my leadership skills. I know that I will carry these skills with me forever. I also know that my skills will continue to grow and I will be able to communicate with adults, and those of higher power than me, better and more efficiently. I feel like my project has empowered me to do more and I know I will continue to make a difference.”
Emily had been participating in some form of athletic activity from a very young age. Since transitioning to high school, she has also become involved in a program to create friendships between students of all abilities, as well as an initiative to promote inclusion throughout the entire school. Through these programs Emily became aware that her friends with disabilities were not participating in athletic opportunities and decided to take action and make a change. She worked closely with the athletic director and a special education teacher to develop and introduce a welcoming and adaptive sports program for students of all abilities. Catrice Vukodinovich Troop 5726 Fishing for a Smile “This was the largest project I’ve ever attempted on my own, and the first time I had to organize this many people. I learned practical skills like working with power tools to constructing railings. I also developed a stronger sense of self by going with a project that was close to my heart. By taking action to combat this community issue, I became a resourceful problem solver and an advocate for myself.”
It was the combination of Cat’s love of the outdoors and ﬁshing and growing up with very active grandparents that provided the inspiration for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. She completer her project in two parts: First she coordinated the installation of a pier at a senior living center, and then hosted a multi-generational event, called “Fishing for a Smile,” at the center. After obtaining a United Way Youth as Resources grant for the pier and supplies, she organized volunteers to paint, build railings, clear brush and debris, and install the pier. Many of the same volunteers also attended the “Fishing for a Smile” event. The event celebrated the new pier with a ribbon cutting ceremony and achieved Cat’s goal of sharing smiles between generations. 8
Girl Scout Silver Award The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that can be earned by Girl Scout Cadettes. It is symbolic of her interests and efforts in Girl Scouting. By earning this award, she has demonstrated that she is a person of character and capable of devoting herself to a worthy task. Troop 1111 Eleanor Brown, Stephanie Danner, Sophia Fonte, Michaela Laliberte, Amber Nitkowski, Zoie Nitkowski, Sara Trapp, Abigail Wesley Open a Book, Begin a Journey Eleanor, Stephanie, Sophia, Michaela, Amber, Zoie, Sara and Abigail planned, led and hosted a read-a-thon event, where they read for 24 hours straight to the children in attendance. The girls also built and installed a Little Free Library in their community to encourage people to open a book and begin a journey. Troop 1157 Gretchen Fischer Doggone Purrfect Adoption Days Gretchen created and piloted a system for hosting adoption events for the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. Gretchen hosted two different adoption events that helped bring awareness to all of the stray animals in Milwaukee. Between the two events, she helped to secure adoptions for four dogs and nineteen cats. Troop 1201 Patricia Mathu, Emma Mitchell Library Assistants Patricia and Emma took on cleaning, sorting and shelving more than 70 boxes of books for the library at the new Milwaukee Environmental Elementary School. Once the school opened, the girls gave talks about the proper care of books and guided the students through the process of checking them out. Troop 1201 Annika Gogan, Olivia Quehl Silver Note Annika and Olivia helped organize and build a startup school’s music department. They hosted a recorder drive for the third graders and helped the small violin group. The music department was improved and the school, teachers and students will greatly beneﬁt. Troop 1228 Gabrielle Hrdlick, Lauren Mikell, Jessica Rose Paur Concession Area Remodel During their project, Gabby, Lauren and Jessica cleaned, repaired and organized their school’s concession room. They organized the food and drinks and replaced some of the equipment. The girls also helped to repair some portions of the walls and add a backsplash to the sink area. Troop 1228 Lauren Besler, Jordan Chrisbaum, Isabella Doucette, Ann Marie Druml Drama Department Rescue Lauren, Jordan, Isabella and Ann Marie created a more efﬁcient backstage area for the theater department at their school. They enhanced the area with a well-inventoried catalog that includes pictures of the extensive costume and prop collection. The cast and crew will continue to beneﬁt from the project as the supplies are now efﬁciently labeled and stored. 9
Troop 1228 Jada Weston, Angie Wilson Home Team Locker Room Project Jada and Angie upgraded the home team locker room in the gym at their school by removing unused items, painting the walls and inventorying and organizing the entire contents of the room. There is now a space for teams to meet before, during and after games. Troop 1228 Ella Campbell, Mary Dudenhoefer, Anna Hughes, Margaret Radske Marian Prayer Garden Rejuvenation There was an overgrown garden near Ella, Mary, Anna and Margaret’s church that needed some attention. The group decided to plant over 100 ﬂower bulbs, refurbish six benches and create a prayer guide for people to enjoy the garden more purposefully. Troop 1295 Makayla Emons, Liliana Leon, Amber Sernec, Emily Wolfgram Miles of Smiles The girls made different kinds of cheer baskets for children at the hospital in their community. They collected items from their school and local businesses. Makayla, Liliana, Amber and Emily got together each week to sort the items, make pillows and create the baskets for 60 children at the hospital. Troop 1611 Allissa Meek, Krista Michels, Amber Wendt Coloring Books for Kids Allissa, Krista and Amber developed and hand-crafted their very own coloring books. The girls provided these coloring books and crayons to places like Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital, Brown Deer Police Station, churches and schools. Troop 1622 Frances Dobbs Pamphlets for Rwanda Frances created a pamphlet to educate the community about Amahoro Children’s School located in Musanze Rwanda, Africa. She presented the pamphlets to potential donors and collected needed supplies and equipment from shoppers and her local parish. All of the supplies will beneﬁt the children’s education at the school. Troop 1685 Morgan Haefer, Emma Kossiski, Errin Miller Horsing Around at Stepping Stone Farms Morgan, Emma and Errin improved the Stepping Stone Farms community by providing picnic tables, bat houses and horse information sheets for the visitors and volunteers of this non-proﬁt equine therapeutic riding farm. The organization had recently moved to the property so there were no picnic tables for clients or the public to use. There are many new volunteers that come to assist, so having identiﬁcation charts for the many horses on the farm is crucial. Troop 1685 Brooklyn Runte Therapy Dog Brooklyn and her dog, Lexi, participated in both the Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International programs and passed the tests for Lexi to become a certiﬁed therapy dog. Brooklyn shared her and Lexi’s journey with younger audiences and they regularly visit their local senior center.
Troop 1901 Elizabeth Rilling Type 1 Diabetes Awareness Brochure Elizabeth designed a packet that parents could ﬁll out and give to babysitters, grandparents or other caregivers that take care of their diabetic child. The brochure will be included in care packages to individuals that are new to Type 1 Diabetes. Now, parents and families can feel their child is safe with the caregiver and the caregiver can feel more conﬁdent with the additional knowledge. Troop 1921 Alexus Edwards, Kelsey Jackson Benches for Horses Alexus and Kelsey like to go horseback riding at a local farm. After going a few times, they both agreed that the farm could use some benches for spectators to watch the riders. The girls pooled their cookie and nut money to purchase the supplies needed to build the benches. Now people will be able to sit and enjoy watching the horses. Troop 2114 Olivia Bickelhaupt, Caitlyn Pasbrig, Bailey Sandahl, Audra Smith Homemade Gifts for Elizabeth Ministry Olivia, Caitlyn, Bailey and Audra created homemade gifts for a local ministry. They made blankets, breads, boo bunnies and cards for families that have experienced a birth, adoption or loss of a child. The girls ensured that younger troops in their area would carry on the work that they began. Troop 2114 Lauren Engelking Project ADAM Lauren wrote an AED (automated external deﬁbrillator) Procedure and Response Plan Manual and placed AEDs in the Holy Apostles School and Parish. A sustainable training program, to be facilitated annually, has been prepared and will be added to the middle school gym class curriculum schedule. Troop 2168 Madi Hollman Park View Landscaping and Honey Education Madi researched and purchased plants for the entrance of Park View Middle School. She brought color to an otherwise overgrown, dying ﬂowerbed. She then went on to help beekeepers to promote a special Bee and Honey day at the farmers’ market and educate the community on the many different uses and beneﬁts of bees and the honey they produce. Troop 2168 Maggie Glass Park View Landscaping and Spinal Fusion Discussion Group Maggie researched and purchased plants for the entrance of Park View Middle School. She brought color to an otherwise overgrown, dying ﬂowerbed. She then went on to host a Spinal Fusion Discussion Group where she answered questions about her experience with the surgery. Maggie helped to prepare the participants for the road ahead. Troop 2419 Paige Christie Garlic Mustard Awareness The goal of Paige’s project was to raise awareness about an invasive plant species called garlic mustard. She wanted to assist a local nature center by inviting people from the community to come and help pull out the rampant weed. Paige hopes that in the future, the signs she made and placed around the nature center will help others to identify garlic mustard, as well as encourage them to remove it.
Troop 2419 Julia Olenchek, Grace Pitzen, Sami White Helping the Hungry and the Army To help the hungry in their local community, Julia, Grace and Sami spent time at the Hunger Task Force learning more about hunger while sorting and boxing food. They then organized a food drive at a local Girl Scout dance. At the dance, the girls created and oversaw a station where attendees could sign a banner and make thank you cards for military troops overseas. Troop 2419 Alyssa Meurer Lessons at the Milwaukee Women’s Center Alyssa gave six lessons to the children at the Milwaukee Women’s Center while their moms attended meetings. The lessons included the Food Pyramid, My Plate, an Easter activity (coloring and dyeing eggs), how to protect the environment for Earth Day and hand washing/germ prevention. Troop 2419 Elaine Klatt, Mariah McGavin LOL: Love Our Lives Elaine and Mariah created LOL (Love Our Lives), a club that meets monthly at their school. The purpose of the club is to improve the conﬁdence and self-esteem of girls at Pilgrim Park Middle School. The girls planned and led the monthly meetings which explored topics like ﬁnding inner beauty in yourself and others. Troop 2419 Riley Hughes, Isabella Hyndiuk Nature Center Garden Riley and Isabella designed and created permanent ﬂower identiﬁcation cards, placed stepping stones and weeded at Elmbrook Nature Center. The ﬂower identiﬁcation cards will help visitors to learn more about the ﬂower species. Troop 2616 Rachel LeClaire Open Fire Cookbook Rachel created an open ﬁre cookbook by researching and gathering favorite recipes from experienced campers. She tested some of the recipes with her project team members and had to use a variety of communication and problem-solving skills when things didn’t go as planned. Through this project, Rachel learned about many different recipes and how to be a good project leader. Troop 2713 Amanda Connolly, Lauren Licko, Alyne Majewski Focus on the Future Amanda, Lauren and Alyne created a homework room at The Women’s Center. Their project will beneﬁt all of the children that are served by the shelter by creating a peaceful environment where they can study and focus on a better future. The homework room represents hope for a better tomorrow. Troop 2713 Isabella Houle, Hana Jensen, Emily Twohill Operation Habitat Isabella, Hana and Emily planned, built and planted a small habitat for animals in the Pebble Valley community. They included ﬂowers for butterﬂies, hummingbirds and small mammals. The girls also educated others about creating a safe environment for animals. The main goals of the project were to attract animals experiencing scarcity and to provide a haven for them with food and shelter, while also assisting neighbors of the habitat with some of their issues with ﬂooding.
Troop 2713 Alicia Avila, Sydney Budelier, Kaitlyn Connolly Reach for the Stars Alicia, Sydney and Kaitlyn painted a mural of the solar system on canvas and painted twenty-nine solar system themed step stools for the children at The Women’s Center. These items will inspire and motivate the children to reach their fullest potential by educating them about the solar system and also provide a way to access hard-to-reach items. Troop 2771 Tracey Sery CFM (Christian Formation Ministry) Tracey planned and taught classes over a three month period to kindergartners at her church. Tracey’s lessons focused on what God has done, what he does for us and the specialness of one another. The children will continue to keep this knowledge as they continue to attend other classes over the years. Troop 2786 Sandra Jo Jurena, Elizabeth La Vaque Halloween Costumes Sandra Jo and Elizabeth made posters, collected costumes, packed them in containers and decorated pillowcases to use as candy bags for Family Promise, a local homeless shelter. The girls also included a safety tip sheet in the three totes so that the children could review the safety rules before trick or treating. The costumes will help ensure that the children that come to the shelter will be better equipped to participate in creative play and social traditions. Troop 2789 Isis Eiserling, Maddy Keefe, Haley Pﬁster, Jennifer Schroll Invasion of the Purple Loosestrife Isis, Maddy, Haley and Jennifer targeted an invasive species, the Purple Loosestrife plant, by raising Galerucella beetles and later releasing them into the wetlands to help control the aggressive perennial plant. The beetles eat only Purple Loosestrife and keep it from crowding out native plants and affecting animal habitats. The girls raised awareness of the problem by involving community members, educating others and presenting their project at the town board meeting. Troop 2854 Miranda Spindt Music for Memories Miranda planned, organized and raised funds and public awareness in order to purchase musical instruments and recruit performing musicians to enhance the music therapy program at The Caring Place in Waukesha, which is a non-proﬁt adult day care center for the elderly with dementia and other disabilities. Troop 2911 Amanda Oskey, Elizabeth Sumiec, Emma Woelfel Teen Welcome Website Amanda, Ellie and Emma created a website to introduce new teens to the Village of Sussex. They promoted their creation by developing a ﬂyer to hand out at school and to community businesses. The site gives teens that have just moved to the area a place to ﬁnd more information so that they feel welcome and included. On the website, they listed activities for teens that take place in and near Sussex and posted many photos from around town. Troop 2989 Cyndi Hoefert, Brittany Malzahn, Lauren Waraksa Elementary School Lending Library Cyndi, Brittany and Lauren conducted a book drive and built a library lending box for Green Tree Elementary School. The girls chose this project to improve access to literacy tools for all students by making books available to take home. They partnered with school staff, other students and parents. Future schoolbook drives based on their project will sustain this initiative. 13
Troop 2989 Kirsten De Luka, Lauren Downs, Greta Polinski No Kid Sits Out Kirsten, Lauren and Greta built lending gym shoe racks for the local elementary school gym classes. If a child forgets their shoes, they are able to borrow a pair from the rack, participate in class and stay active. The girls accomplished this by working with the teachers, conducting a shoe drive and learning how to build the shoe racks. Troop 2989 Abigail Callies, Lillian Hardy, Shannon Kreutzer What Don’t You Understand? Abby, Lillian and Shannon created and shared a presentation and video about the effects of bullying students who are different. They encouraged ﬁfth grade students and teachers to sign a banner and take a pledge to take action against bullying. Troop 3333 Jessica Perry Peace-Maker Church Bags Jessica created activity bags for her church to give to children while they are listening to sermons. The bags include books and coloring materials. She gave the children something fun to keep them quietly occupied so that parents could be better engaged in listening to the pastor. Her project will allow the church to be welcoming to new families with small children. Troop 3333 Angela McGinnis, Katrina Miller Reading Journeys Angela and Katrina planned and led three reading journeys at the Milwaukee Women’s Shelter. The lessons included stories read aloud, arts and crafts, and food and plants. They helped the kids learn the basics of reading and shared important life skills, like how to garden and take care of plants. Each week they created a lesson plan containing fun-ﬁlled activities that incorporated the element of reading. Troop 4014 Rachel Herb, Alexandra Mazurkiewicz, Mia Pham, Madison Rundell, Lizabeth Rynders, Nadia Seibt Engel Conservation Rachel, Alexandra, Mia, Madison, Lizabeth and Nadia built a wildlife observation deck at Engel Conservation Area in Muskego. The girls identiﬁed Engel as an area of the city that is free and open to the public. Because the cattails and pond vegetation do not allow for easy viewing of the many inhabitants of the pond area, they planned, designed and built the deck with approvals, supervision and assistance of the City of Muskego and troop dads. The deck is expected to last for generations to come. Troop 4069 Isabel Kelly, Sarah Luebke, Maija Scherer Christian Formation Storage Organization Isabel, Sarah and Maija developed an organizational system to sort and re-label teaching supplies in the Christian Formation classrooms and closets at St. James Parish. The project will help the teachers at the school to remain organized and provide better service to the children that attend. Troop 4114 Kayla Asbach, Madelyn Cole Beds and Blankets Kayla and Maddy both love animals, so they built beds and made blankets for the humane society to make homeless animals more comfortable. They educated family, friends and residents of Muskego about HAWS animals at a community event, and put up a display in the library to share their project.
Troop 4114 Sophia Chiconas, Kathryn Crump, Lauren Gehrt, Grace Jezuit, Carolyn Kopp, Sophia Pascutti, Sara Morgan Perry, Annalise Schmidbauer, Katherine Schneider, Kayla Wagner Church Painting and Landscaping The girls completely restored the church at the Muskego Historical Society’s Settlement Center by landscaping the garden, replacing the broken fence, cleaning off old and chipping paint, and then re-painting the building. They recognized that the area was in need of repair and wanted to restore it for their community and future generations. Now, it looks brand new and is ready for visitors to enjoy and learn about Muskego’s history. Troop 4116 Madison Davis, Heather Franz, Laura Kregel, Brittany Rusch Focus on Furry Friends Maddie, Heather, Laura and Brittany learned more about the topic of animal overpopulation and the beneﬁts of spaying and neutering animals. After lots of research, they created a brochure with the most important things they learned. The girls worked to educate their neighbors and the wider community by sharing that information. Troop 4145 Marissa Helchen Playaway Library Marissa designed and created a library of playaways, which are preloaded digital audio books, for the residents of The Arboretum senior living community. Now they can enjoy the books despite any vision impairments. Marissa ran a garage sale, purchased the playaways and then gave an introductory class to the staff and residents on how to use the playaways. Troop 4268 Abbi Perez, Allison Schultz, Kristina Viegut Local Letterboxing Abbi, Allison and Kristina created multiple letterboxes and placed them in neighboring parks. Together they planted “100 Years of Girl Scouts,” which contained four boxes. In addition, they each also planted boxes of their own unique creation. The letterboxes will provide an opportunity for families to be outside while doing a fun activity together. Troop 4577 Bridget Krause, Rachael Moericke Puppyland Humane Society Landscaping Bridget and Rachael wanted to improve the visibility of the sign/grounds at Puppyland Humane Society. In addition to landscaping, the girls were involved with all aspects of volunteering at the shelter. They gained business skills while caring for the animals and helping match people with pets. Troop 5743 Jessica Korducki, Megan Schmidt What’s a Rain Garden? Jessica and Megan hosted an event to teach the community and a group of girls about rain gardens. They shared how easy rain gardens are to create and maintain, as well as how important they can be to a community. Even though the day was cold, windy and rainy all at the same time, the girls made it work with some last minute changes to their plan. Troop 5754 Sophia Torosian Good Night, Sleep Tight Sophia created 90 pillowcases in 19 different styles for HALO, Inc., an organization that provides support to people living homeless in the Racine area. She picked out fabrics, washed, ironed, cut and sewed each individual pillowcase and also catalogued them to make it easier to choose the right one. Sophia wrote notes describing her project to the recipients of the pillowcases to make the gift more personal. 15
Troop 7025 Kelly Grasty Street Smarts Kelly gave presentations to help younger girls understand that the world can be a dangerous place and to give them the skills to be “street smart.” She selected the project because she was made aware of some real world dangers, including violence against young women and human trafﬁcking. The presentations provided younger girls with lots of tips on how to stay safe and when to be extra careful. Troop 7177 Alyssa Boerschinger, Cassandra Fournier Animal Adoption Project Alyssa and Cassie teamed up to help advocate on behalf of animals that need homes. They hosted a community event to raise awareness about the animals’ needs and provided fun patches to all who brought an item for the animals. Troop 7224 Natalie Lall Composting at Dimensions Natalie created a composting system at her school, Dimensions of Learning Academy. She gave a speech about composting and what her project would accomplish. She also shared her idea with the principal and many other people in the city. The school and the environment will beneﬁt greatly from the new composting system at the school. Now, there is less waste and a more informed community. Troop 7224 Lauren Mossman Saving the Wildlife of Pleasant Prairie Lauren worked with local and state ofﬁcials to put up “Wildlife Crossing” signs on Highway 165 in Kenosha County. Many animals are killed by motorists on this section of highway because it intersects with a wetland. Now drivers will be more alert, which will lower the chances of accidents and protect the animals living in the wetlands.
Girl Scout Bronze Award The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award that can be earned by Girl Scout Juniors. It is symbolic of their interests and efforts in Girl Scouting. By earning this award, they have demonstrated that they are people of character and capable of devoting themselves to a worthy task. Troops 1032/1532/1622 Diane Gengler, Elizabeth Jutrzonka, Emily Kurszewski, Ava Luening, Emma McCoy, Kaitlin Oldani, Gabby Sutherland, Olivia Voltner, Savannah Wagner, Anna Whalen, Rachel Zieger Healthy Girl – hosted a healthy living event with sessions on Zumba, yoga, organic vs. natural and more Troop 1127 Kayla Berg, Kaitlyn Foeckler, Mia Garrison Rios, Reina Hernandez, Graze Lelinski, Isabel Tejeda Air Pollution Awareness – poster presentations to school and community to encourage understanding Troop 1382 Brooklyn Brown, Lauryn Bryant, Kennedy Egerson, Kayla Jones, Abigail Kastner Bullying Won’t Stop…Unless You Take A Stance – presented effects of bullying to school and created a pledge for students to sign Troop 1532 See Troop 1032 Troop 1622 See Troop 1032 Troop 1626 See Troop 3076 Troop 1631/ 8038 Allison Abelt, Josie Boneck, Jenna Borchardt, Alexis Gould, Ashley Gramza, Emily Greenmier, Lauren Krueger, Lauren Lindberg, Maricela Macias, Grace Mattice, Elizabeth Staniszewski, Olyvia Williams Helping the Homeless – shared various opportunities to beneﬁt the homeless with their community Troop 2000 Zoe Chavez, Caleigh Cleary, Natalie Schmidt Helping Paws and HAWS – hosted supply drive, shared daily announcements about caring for animals Troop 2080 Jenny Degenhardt, Jaime Mohs, Ariana Nichols, Robyn Olson, Ashley Pallan, Winnie Pearson, Sydney Staab, Vanessa Walsh, Lauren Young MacArthur Playground Stencil Project – painted stenciled playground activities at elementary school Troop 2116 Makennah Bowling, Makenzie Hanson, Grace Lanser, Emily Petrie, Katie Petrie, Rebecca Raynier, Emily Scholz, Manjeri Senthi, Isabella Smerz, Nicole Yang Educational Toys for St. Francis – made and collected educational toys for birth-to-three program at St. Francis Children’s Center Troop 2130 Maggie Bagatta, Elise Chiconas, Isabella Gregory, Brittany Helm, Jelena Prpa, Genna Rynders, Megan Schulte, Molly Vollbracht, Kiley Wojonowski Mother/Daughter Wellness Event – planned and hosted wellness event focusing on healthy habits to increase relaxation 17
Troop 2156 Tula Agoudemos, Lauren Czaijkowski, Megan Czajkowski, Megan Frerichs, Kada Grabowski, Emma Henkhaus, Danielle Hoppe, Samantha Kreeb, Emily Langbauer, Cassidy Nowlcki, Madison Quirk, Anna Rank, Jamie Schenk, Sadie Schhommer, Sara Sweetman, Amy Tesch, Brittney Tran, Olivia Van Wyhe, Roxanne Williams The Courtyard – rejuvenated school courtyard area to be used as outdoor learning environment Troop 2167 See Troop 2467 Troop 2209 Siobhan Carroll, Bethany Cavness, Sarah Flanagan, Grace Hewitt, Aliya Rodenkirch, Averi Thrane Winter Jam Overnight – hosted overnight for Brownies to learn about animals, healthy snacks and outdoor activities Troop 2238/2467 Hannah Bronk, Lexi Haenlein Bullying – created presentations with instructions for teachers to share with students Troop 2280 Kailey Clement, Allie Davies, Miranda Feranz, Skyler Hastings, Delaney Hennes, Martina McGrath, Gracie Nelson, Sarahlynn Perzigian, Emily Pillow, Marguerite RickMorgan Schwulst Happy Hearts and Hands – assembled Lego and craft activity bags for hospitalized children and their siblings Troop 2296 Kelsey Brunner, Cecilia Carl, Maggie Conlon, Allison DeVries, Lizzy Doan, Emma Harris, Julia Hickley, Anja Logan, Mary Quinn, Lauren Roskopf, Simone Traband The Scratch Graphic Design Club – created afterschool programming club to welcome new students Troop 2323 Charlotte Bergman ABC Books – made 50 books for Hope Center to encourage children to learn and practice the alphabet Troop 2467 See Troop 2238 Troop 2467 / 2167 Cassidy Captain, Elizabeth Cox, Anna Dahl, Alisia Duket, Rachel Durben, Elisabeth Garretson, Kya Hill-Astorga, Elise Holizinger, Tiana Jenig, Danielle Lund, Hadley Malcolomson, Cayce O’Donnell, Erin Phelan, Emma Tauzell Healthy Choices – used My Plate to encourage and raise awareness of healthy food choices on lunch menu Troop 2504 Madison Albrecht, Jillian Barbeau, Lauren Bozich, Ellie Craig, Isabella Geiger, Gwendolyn Hanke, Amanda Jakab, Makenzie Ketterhagen, Isabel Kloeppel, Alexis Marra, Alayna Miller, Lyta Muszytowski, Sarah Pavletich, Klarissa Schreiner, Alayna Sikac Backpacks for Homeless Children – ﬁlled backpacks with needed items for children to take as they move around Troop 2509 Julia DeAngelis, Sydney Lawless, Isabelle Mohorich, Kaylee Weaver We Put Our PAWS in for HAWS – collected donations of needed items and raised awareness of HAWS’ mission
Troop 2631 Shannon Abolins, Caiden Brode, Ninette Feich, Amaya Heschke, Breanna Hoyt-Glenon, Gabriella Katrichis, Briana Marcado, Kelly Muehlenkamp, Alex Obrenovich, Rylee Searing, Natalie Semrow, Trinity Smith, Teagan Swift, Makayla Syverson, Annaka Werginz, Katelyn Azlenski Adopt-a-Grandparent – encouraged community to join hosted activities and visit residents at Birchrock Senior Community Center Troop 2678 Alyssa Anderson, Hailey Anderson, Angelina Cebulla, Ella Daniels, Peyton Fitzpatrick, Natalie Karrels, Emily Nelson, Samantha Severson Milwaukee Zoo Daisy Patch Program – inspired creative learning by designing booklet for Daisies to participate in patch program Troop 2876 Alison Hahn, Mia Harbort, Hannah Moglowsky, Eileen Tocco Newborns in Need – created pamphlets, gave presentations and collected more than 1,000 baby items for “Newborns in Need” Troop 2959 See Troop 4184 Troop 3002 Sonia Avina, Zora Brown, Anna Crespo, Emma Erlandson, Mae Hutado-Thiele, Kaila Medina, Haley Megna, Amanda Thompson, Carly Wing You Can Never Have Too Many Flowers – distributed plants to low-income families and home-bound Troop 3006 Haley Bachar, Leah Giese, Natalie Hall, Maura Hodan, Maggie Kleier, Jasmine Kondrakiewicz, Lauren Lancaster, Jonna Larewu, Katie Morton, Maura Reardon, Kelley Reed, Allison Richburg Children’s Liturgy of the Word – created and piloted children’s program to run during church services Troop 3011 Gillian Czajka, Morgan Dziondziakowski, Brianna Gaidosh, Myah Hardner, Kelsey Horn, Heather Kluczykowski, Nicole Marynich, Jazzee Molus, Marysa Morales, Sarah Mosinski, Kylie Norman, Nicole Schilder, Rachel Sluga, Destiny Taylor Discover STEM – hosted event to promote activities related to science, technology, engineering and math Troop 3032 Hanna Altenberg, Holly Anderson, Lilly Frank, Margaret Froh, Lauren Krause, Gusty Piel, Brenna Powers, Maria Serrano, Abby Slye, Jillian Stephenson Perennial Garden at Center Street Plaza – planned, raised funds, received donated plants and installed perennial garden Troop 3067 Rebecca Gatewood, Aleksey Hicks, Atiera Hoemke, Janelle Johnson, Elise Leapley, Johnise Myers, Lauren Parsons Helping Our Redeemer’s Elderly – organized Christmas care packages and cards for elderly church members Troop 3076/1626 Madeline Basterash, Sydney Bobloz, Isabella Caduto, Trinity Loontjens, Erin Marshall, Anabella Maupin, Katherina Maupin, Michaela Snead, Ava Tolson Willowbrook Clean-up – organized community clean-up and collected donations for local shelters
Troop 3084 Audrey Maziotti, Laura Quigley, Theresa Yatchak Kitty Care – hosted a pregnant cat and fostered kittens to prepare them for adoption Troop 3084 Maeve Grablewski Veteran’s Manor Care to Share Drive – created awareness of Veteran’s Manor residents’ needs and organized donations drive Troop 4184/2959 Tabitha Grouse, Grace Hansen, Alexia Jauregui, Brianna Jauregui, Callie Neshek, Shala Pacheco, Breezy Richards, Autumn Smith, Solei Welte, Lauren Zielinski Woodboxes for Chinook – painted wooden sheds to store and keep dry ﬁrewood at Chinook Troop 4628 Gwendolyn Viegut Letterboxing – encouraged outdoor activity by creating letterboxes and sharing the coordinates online Troop 7073 Geneva Ballard, Jordan Braaksma, Natalya Schmidt, Paige Wenzel Book Drive – raised awareness of the need for books at a local shelter and hosted a drive to collect donations Troop 7240 Tayana Bell, Karlee DeJesus, Bryanna Falkofske, Alexandria Hillman, Kaitlyn Koloen Take Care of Woodhaven – organized and hosted a property clean-up day at Woodhaven Troop 8038 See Troop 1631 Troop 9178 Jakyla Crump, Jasmine Dorado, Kennedy Martin, Sidney Thomas, Trinity Wilholt Christmas Tree “Shoe” Giveaway – hosted an event to provide footwear to families in need Troop 9314 Kandelara Arnold, Nakaya Conda, Armani Larry Smoking, Don’t Start/Please Quit – presented interactive exhibit on health concerns, financial and time considerations, and social implications of smoking
2014 GSWISE Young Women of Distinction National Young Women of Distinction is an award given by Girl Scouts of the USA to Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrate extraordinary leadership, address a local challenge that relates to a national and/or global issue, and have a measurable and sustainable impact. At Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, we award Young Women of Distinction honors to girls who showed exceptional leadership and projects which had an especially significant impact. Girl Scout Gold Award Level Catrice Vukodinovich Troop 5726 Project: “Fishing for a Smile” It was the combination of Cat’s love of the outdoors and fishing and growing up with very active grandparents that provided the inspiration for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. She completer her project in two parts: First she coordinated the installation of a pier at a senior living center, and then hosted a multi-generational event, called “Fishing for a Smile,” at the center. After obtaining a United Way Youth as Resources grant for the pier and supplies, she organized volunteers to paint, build railings, clear brush and debris, and install the pier. Many of the same volunteers also attended the “Fishing for a Smile” event. The event celebrated the new pier with a ribbon cutting ceremony and achieved Cat’s goal of sharing smiles between generations. Girl Scout Silver Award Level Isis Eiserling, Maddy Keefe, Haley Pﬁster, Jennifer Schroll Troop 2789 Project: “Invasion of the Purple Loosestrife” Isis, Maddy, Haley and Jennifer targeted an invasive species, the Purple Loosestrife plant, by raising Galerucella beetles and later releasing them into the wetlands to help control the aggressive perennial plant. The beetles eat only Purple Loosestrife and keep it from crowding out native plants and affecting animal habitats. The girls raised awareness of the problem by involving community members, educating others and presenting their project at the town board meeting. Girl Scout Bronze Award Level Troop 2876 Alison Hahn, Mia Harbort, Hannah Moglowsky Project: “Newborns in Need” Created pamphlets, gave presentations and collected more than 1,000 baby items for “Newborns in Need.”
Pledge With my award, I accept the challenge of living by the ideals of the Girl Scout Promise and Law throughout my life. I will lead by example and help my sister Girl Scouts to reach their own goals. I will do my best to give back to Girl Scouting, remembering that this award is not one moment of celebration but a lifetime commitment to being courageous, conﬁdent, and a person of character.
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