Congratulations to our 2012 Gold and Silver Awardees!

Posted: Apr 05, 2012

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, twenty three Girl Scouts earned their Gold Award at the 2012 Gold and Silver Award Celebration! 136 girls also earned Silver Awards. The day was full of inspiration, as the girls shared how their projects are making the world a better place.

At the ceremony, the Girl Scouts received a special message from an inspiring woman—Major General Marcia Anderson—the first African American female to be promoted to Major General in the U.S. Army. She encouraged the Girl Scouts to continue to do everything in life with passion, and surmised that future Senators, business owners, and community leaders were among the awardees.

Major General Marcia Anderson addresses the Gold and Silver Awardees 

With the accolades of the Awardees, this isn’t a stretch: at the Gold Awards Ceremony, 19 young women earned scholarships to attend college. Out of the 19 scholarship recipients, 12 of them will study in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related areas such as biology, pre-med, nursing, film or animation, aerospace and chemical engineering, animal studies, pre-pharmacy or mathematics.

The 2012 Gold Awardees perform the Girl Scout rededication ceremony

These Gold Awardees are well on their way to success. Great job to all our awardees—both Silver and Gold! Each of you is an inspiration to all!

2012 Gold Awardees:
  • Hannah Choulet (Phoenix): Hannah made 13 “Happy Time Boxes” full of materials and instructions for several craft projects as well as crossword puzzles, word-searches, coloring pages and more for children at local hospitals.
  • Kelsey Churchman (Mesa): In order to improve children’s literacy in non-English speaking homes, she recorded over 100 books onto IPods for children to take home, so they can read along while their parents listen.
  • Sarah Coopman (Glendale): Sarah built a “Future Garden” for the organization Streetlight Phoenix, where victims of sex trafficking could go to think about healing.
  • Mikayla Dulaney (Chandler): Mikala helped rebuild a camp for girls so more girls have the chance to experience it, and gain the confidence to be tomorrow’s leaders.
  • Cyanna Hicks (Phoenix): To commemorate a former teacher and troop leader who had passed away, Cyanna designed the outdoor classroom and planned a memorial dedication event.
  • Roxanna Easley (Tempe): Roxanna made a video capturing the stories of adoptees for local adoption agencies to utilize in training.
  • Elisabeth Judd (Phoenix): Elisabeth planned and led several months of Irish dance and culture classes for local students, and even helped the children with several performances.
  • Kacey Kerr (Scottsdale): Kacey helped a local homeless shelter revamp their office space: she painted, installed a bookcase, held a book drive, and reorganized the space.
  • Julia King (Prescott): Julia read books to adults at a local nursing home, and then held book drives with her school and Girl Scout troop. She then set up libraries at the Samaritan Society, the Adult Day Center and Friends of the Library.
  • Krisztina Kreidl (Flagstaff): Krisztina compiled a list of the most common foods distributed at a local food bank, and organized a recipe drive throughout Flagstaff. She then prepared a cookbook, called “Bean there, Love that” in English and Spanish, and arranged for local businesses to print copies for the food bank.
  • Jennifer Leja (Prescott): By establishing a pen-pal like system, Jennifer developed a communications link between high school students in Prescott with those in Prescott’s two Sister Cities (Suchitoto, El Salvador and Caborca in Sonora, Mexico).
  • Megan Lippincott (Phoenix): Megan helped design, assemble and install a stained glass window at her church in honor of a parishioner who had recently passed away.
  • Elizabeth Monnig (Glendale): Elizabeth planned, filmed and edited a video called “Courtesy Counts” which describes how children can be kind and respectful to others, and presented it to a local preschool and a local religious education program.
  • Surekha Naidoo (Scottsdale): Surekha created a club called “Youth Ambassador Program” at her High School and developed a website to inform Phoenix residents about the resources at the library in order to generate support.
  • Mariah Neal (Phoenix): Mariah designed, built and stocked a closet of clothes for children at St. Joseph’s hospital and hosted a toy drive as well.
  • Callie Ochsner (Prescott): To help girls overcome the fear of entering fields that are currently dominated by men, Callie planned and hosted an event, called “G.I.R.L. Science,” where community members discussed with girls how they use science in their work.
  • Brianna K. Osman (Chandler): Brianna planted a garden in her community and four fruit trees at a community center in Phoenix so those in need can enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Nishta Patel (Chandler): Nishta hosted a paint-a-thon for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and created position manuals for 6 members of the relay planning committee.
  • Breona Peralta (Gilbert): Breona worked on the landscape of her school’s softball field, making it a safer place for students to play.
  • Xochitl Rascon (Gilbert): Xochitl created a garden at a local school and provided families with a book of tips (in English and Spanish) on living an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
  • Sarah Sagadin (Glendale): Sarah created booklets for children to understand what pet is right for them and their family, and provided these to a local animal shelter and veterinarian.
  • Kaitlyn Stone (Flagstaff): Kaitlyn developed four websites for local military organizations in Flagstaff to keep the community and military informed of current events, and generate support for the military.
  • Julie Teplik (Mesa): Julie created a system so a local women’s resource center can have an ongoing supply of much needed supplies (clothes, household items, etc.).