2016 Gold Awardees
Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Abigail Adams | Troop 5355 | Springdale, AR | 13 Years in Girl Scouts
My Gold Award project included coordinating and funding the installation of three water bottle filling stations at Springdale High School. This allows students to have better access to water and stay hydrated in their classes, increasing focus and productivity inside the classroom.
Melanie Beehler | Troop 5448 | Pea Ridge, AR | 10 Years in Girl Scouts
For my Gold Award, I gave a speech at my local library to help my community learn the importance of both mental and physical health. I incorporated games as well as guest speakers and resources from the library. My Gold Award benefitted the people in my community because they learned how to take care of their health, as well as the Pea Ridge Library, for hosting the event and attracting more visitors to the library.
Shaleigh Chandler | Troop 2413 | Texarkana, TX | 12 Years in Girl Scouts
My project, Play It Forward, was designed to help children participate in local sports leagues regardless of financial ability. I created a city- wide sports equipment recycling program so that outgrown or unused sports equipment can find a new home, while at the same time enabling local children to have access to the equipment in order to make it possible for them to play a sport. With the help of local coaches, I held a free sports clinic to teach basic sports skills in track, soccer and softball. I held a donation drive during the clinic and collected equipment and monetary donations to be used by local sports leagues to help pay registration fees for children in need. I placed large bins around town for equipment collection as well, and those now have a permanent home with local organizations, so the project can continue for many years to come.
Emily Guthrie | Troop 3150| Jonesboro, AR | 12 Years in Girl Scouts
I planned and led a team at my church in establishing a food pantry. We also mapped emergency escape routes and developed plans to make the church into a disaster center if needed.
Kalia Hall | Troop 6200 | Little Rock, AR | 9 Years in Girl Scouts
For my project I created a brochure and a manual for Dorcas House. The manual shows mechanics and other workers where mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC units are, as well as a listing of all room numbers. With help from friends, I labeled all of the keys in the house as well as all the doors so it will be easier to get around Dorcas House for residents and staff. I also planned and presented a speech about teen domestic abuse at the Girl Scout office in Little Rock for Girl Scouts grades 6-12. The speech included tips on how to spot abuse and how to stop it, as well as a hands-on self defense lesson from second degree black belts in Taekwondo.
Lauren King | Troop 6659 | Little Rock, AR | 13 Years in Girl Scouts
My project addressed low self-esteem and self-image in young ladies at the Our House Shelter. The impact I hoped to make was to assist the girls with the resources to have positive self-esteem and self-image before conquering their first year of high school. This project opened up the many differences and similarities there are when it comes to young girls’ attitudes. There were some times when we all could connect, and some times in the group when we had a more in-depth discussion. Overall, I feel we all learned a lot through our many sessions together. I feel the young girls at Our House were able to enter school with a different perspective, and were able to develop their own opinion on what their experience with the transition would be like.
Shania McDonald | Individually Registered Girl Scout | Springdale, AR | 13 Years in Girl Scouts
I gathered art supplies through an art supply drive. All of the art supplies were divided into 100 knapsacks to be delivered to the Children’s Safety Center in Springdale. I also presented a class on what to do in case abuse is suspected and how abuse affects the local community and the nation.
Kaersti McLellan | Troop 4076 | Fort Smith, AR | 13 Years in Girl Scouts
My project was designed to expose junior high and high school students to experiments and different careers in STEM, and encourage them to pursue these fields.
Bailey LaDawn Shoe | Troop 3339 | Paragould, AR | 11 Years in Girl Scouts
The Greene County Bulletin website was designed to create community awareness and encourage community participation and volunteerism. I wanted to create a place where the people of Greene County could find information about local services and opportunities for community involvement. It is my hope that anyone needing information about Greene County benefits from my project. Awareness about the website was promoted through civic organizations, media outlets and word of mouth. I have had tremendous community support and many repeat visitors to the site.
Sydney Talkington | Troop 2160 | De Queen, AR | 10 Years in Girl Scouts
For my Gold Award project, I made a website and brochures to be distributed to Welcome Centers all over the state of Arkansas for my local museum. I made the entire website by myself using only YouTube and the website maker WordPress for help. This benefited the Sevier County Museum and is making more people interested in our museum.
Stephanie Washington | Troop 6659 | Little Rock, AR | 12 Years in Girl Scouts
My Gold Award project was based around the idea that heart health awareness needed to be discussed at school age level. But in order for me to teach it, I had to understand it myself, so I spent half of my project researching heart disease, congenital heart defects, becoming CPR certified, and more. I researched by volunteering at Baptist Hospital, and touring the Heart Hospital, St. Vincent’s and Arkansas Children’s Hospital cardiac facilities. I spent the other half of my project teaching third and fourth graders at a day camp at my church what I had learned about heart disease, how to prevent it, and the importance of CPR certification. I did this through playing games, drawing pictures, making healthy snacks and participating in heart healthy activities.
Kayce Elizabeth Welch | Troop 2047 | Texarkana, TX | 14 Years in Girl Scouts
I created the “One-of-a-Kind Diabetes Program” in Texarkana to support and educate the 150 school-aged children who have diabetes, their families, and the community. I have held two Walks for Diabetes and two Black and White Soirees since 2014. Each event has helped raise money and awareness for the disease. In addition, I participated in community health fairs and other events by setting up booths with educational pamphlets and healthy snacks. I also met with newly diagnosed children and their families upon their return home and gave them a “bag of hope” that includes graphic novels to explain the disease in a way children can understand. I am continuing to work with community leaders to establish an office for the diabetes program that will continue for years to come.