Gold Award Ceremony
2016 Gold Award Ceremony
Saturday, June 4, 2016 | Starts at 3 p.m. | Pasadena Civic Auditorium
This year, we are celebrating 265 GSGLA Girl Scout Gold Awardees!
||Emily Fechner||Alyssa Lopez||Rachel Ranieri|
|Rita Aksenfeld||Kelsey Feinberg||Amanda Lopez||Katelyn Ray|
|Madeleine Albert||Noelle Ferrante||Bailey Louie||Grace Rector|
|Emily Allan||Jillian Filbrich||Piper Lowinger||Hannah Reher|
|Christina Amiridis||Taylor Fitzgerald||Daniela Luque||Sutton Revell|
|Jena Anastasi||Olivia Fitzpatrick||Clare Madera||Kianna Rios|
|Allison Annick||Maile Fok||Katrine Madsen||Erin Rodarte|
|Emma Antonides||Mia Forsline||Samantha Magante||Natalie Rozman|
||Ellis Magdaleno||Rachel Russell|
|Alexandra Astin||Miranda Gardea||Kalani Mah||Hadeel Saab|
|Veronica Backer-Peral||Danielle Gardner||Melina Mallory||Lauren Sakoda|
|Emily Ballinger||Olivia Garland||Jillian Mara||Jo Anna Samec|
|Sophia Ballinger||Candace Gendreau||Jennifer Marinov||Elena Santana|
|Airelle Barajas||Raquel Gerard||Maci Mark||Veronica Santana|
|Amelia Barbee||Jacqueline Gettys||Zoe Mark||Natalie Sardarov|
|Carolina Barbosa||Sarah Gillespie||Katherine Markese||Kayla Sawyer|
|Jo Barrera||Tessa Glidewell||Isaura Martin||Audrey Sayer
|Elena Bartlett||Ella Gmelich||Elena Martinelli||Allison Schepper
|Mitra Baskarpandian||Kyrene Goh||Ashley Martinez||Jazlyn Seidel|
|Isabelle Beaudoin||Natalie Gold||Veronica Martinez||Madison Seifer|
|Emily Beeve||Shayna Goldstein||Lillian Maxfield||Lorie Seuylemeazian|
|Anna Benedict||Alyssa Gonzalez
||Molly McAnany||Carolyn Shankwiler|
|Lana Biren||Sara Gustafson||Kelly McCann||Emily Sheng|
|Inaara Biring||Julia Habeger||Alexis McNevin||Anita Shenoi|
|Elizabeth Bissell||Alyssa Hanna||Juliette Mekikian||Isabella Sideri
|Sara Bock||Taylor Hanson||Cassandra Miller||Hannah Silk|
|Lindsey Boeltl||Susan Harrison||Holly Miller||Malia Sirota|
|Brooke Boron||Megan Hartmann||Beth Mintzer||Emily Smith|
|Morgan Bowman||Christina Haug||Sanya Mital||Nicole Son|
|Kara Bradley||Mary Hawkins||Melanie Mizushima||Samantha Spacher|
|Jillian Brady||Mary Henke||Sasha Monterroso||Paulina Stein|
|Jacqueline Brown-Gaines||Alisha Hernandez||Natalie Moore||Naomi Stephen|
|Alexandra Bucheli||Chloe Hidley||Taylor Moore||Claire Swartzlander|
|Carly Buck||Gwyneth Hochhausler||Karlie Morales
|Zoe Bullard||Natalie Hodis||Priscilla Moreno||Mackenna Teeman|
|Denise Cabral||Emily Holmes||Melissa Morris||Serena Tramm|
|Susanne Carpenter||Annika Horvath||Lori Moses||Fiona Tran|
||Emily Hourihan||Kaley Mozell||Kaitlan Tseng|
|Daniela Castro||Carolyn Huh||Malley Musso||Erika Umeda|
|Laura Cavanagh||Cassidy Hunt||Sarah Muzquiz||Cameryn Uribe-Lopez|
|Kaitlin Caylor||Rachel Hwang||Somer Nabulsi||Brooke Vanderdonck|
|Breanna Chan||Piper Ireland||Leah Nagel||Claire Vanderdonck
|Kimberly Chernich||Darryinn James||Jessica Naito||Meera Varma|
|Hannah Chew||Kayla Jones||Erin New||Andrea Villaseñor
|Alyssa Chiang||Riley Kapfer||Kayla Nicholls||Gabriella Walker
|Rachel Cho||Tessa Kardassakis||Kate Nigolian||Kathryn Walker|
|Makenna Christensen||Paige Kauffman||Abigail Norris||Mrunal Walvekar|
|Sydni Christoffersen||Kayley Kawana||Sydney Norris||Christina Wang|
|Casey Chu||Elizabeth Keller||Kayla Nuttall
|Gillian Chuck||Claire Kenny||Diana Oh
|Jessica Chun||Paige Kenyon||Torie Oishi||Lauren Weetman|
|Alexandra Cobarrubias||Breanna Kikuchi||Julia Otter||Katherine Wegleitner
|Therese Cook||Sarah Kitchen||Zoe Parcells||Claire Werner|
|Katherine Cooper||Lauren Koch||Alannah Paren||Jessica White|
||Vibha Kodancha||Megan Pasqua||Kari Whiteside
||Samantha Kohn||Anisa Patel||Sarah Wiggins
|Camille Day||Sasha Kumar||Brinda Patel||Tari Williams|
|Victoria Del Valle||Alison Lacey||Madelena Pawlek||Maya Willis|
|Christina Dominguez||Magdalena Langdon||Emily Payner||Taylor Wolfe
|Mackenzie Drewe||Vanessa Lanza||Katy Paynter||Sara Wong|
|Claire Dundee||Amanda Lee||Ally Pehar||Danielle Yang|
|Erica Dye||Erica Lee||Audrey Phan||Samantha Zimmer
|Olivia Edwards||Kathy Lee||Allison Pieroni|
||Kaitlyn Li||Gareen Puglia|
In honor of the Gold Award Centennial, we are featuring monthly profiles of GSGLA Gold Award recipients.
Project Title: "Rejuvenating Rhythms"
For Meera’s Gold Award project, she wanted to share her love of music with senior citizens. Having played music for a decade, Meera developed an informal percussion class for seniors to “relax, be creative, and have the chance to express themselves in an artistic way.” She also wanted to share the health benefits of playing music and give seniors “the opportunity to mingle with friends in a fun and creative environment.” A personal goal of Meera’s was to conduct the class at zero cost—which she was able to achieve by persuading a business owner to donate 24 instruments worth approximately $5,000. She found that her students were grateful for the opportunity to learn percussion and “willing to go to any lengths to help [her] project become a big success.” Meera believes the Gold Award process has made her “more confident, passionate, and motivated to make [her] community a better place.” We’re excited to see where the future takes you, Meera!
Project Title: "Women’s Fighting Chance"
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in American women—which is why Ambassador Girl Scout Sherille led an awareness campaign about the condition for her Gold Award project. She held educational seminars for more than 100 women of all ages about how to identify symptoms, when to seek help, and how to prevent the disease. While Sherille found it “rewarding to provide the participants with presentations, guest speakers, and materials,” she did run into some challenges. In one instance, a city senior center where she planned to hold a seminar told her she couldn’t present because her curriculum wasn’t city-specific. Sherille says that “nonetheless, [she] was able to secure other locations that were specific to senior citizens.” Through her Gold Award project, she learned to what extent Girl Scouts can positively impact their communities—one reason why prospective Gold Awardees should never give up: “You will be proud of yourself throughout your life about your ability, endurance, and accomplishment in completing this valuable journey.” Great job, Sherille!
Project Title: "Project Unity"
Amanda wanted to make a difference in the lives of children and families going through tough times – one that would not just alleviate stress, but bring them closer together. That was the impetus for Amanda’s Gold Award project entitled “Project Unity.” Collaborating with the Ronald McDonald House, Amanda made and donated 60 fleece blankets and 120 scarves, as well as hosted workshops about the significance of hope and unity for families. Through the project, Amanda says she “learned that the smallest things can make the greatest impact — like creating a ripple effect in a community.” Her advice to other girls pursuing their Gold Award? “Plan for every outcome… It’s okay for things to change a little. Just take a deep breath, change, and record what needs to be done, and remember that it is all going to be worth it in the end; no matter how stressed you feel in the moment.” Thank you for your hard work, Amanda!
Project Title: "Happy Grandparent's Day!"
Inspired by her love for Judaism and her grandmother, Frankie hosted a “Happy Grandparent’s Day” at the Los Angeles Jewish Home. She wanted the seniors living there to realize how special and honorable they are. But organizing the event wasn’t easy—Frankie said the process of collecting donations was particularly time-consuming. Yet she persisted, and by staying organized, she was able to collect the materials she needed for her project. In the end, she said she got more than enough food for the event and the seniors were extremely complimentary. Frankie advises other girls pursuing their Gold Award that the project “will help you learn and see your community in a difference perspective,” and to “take it all in and have fun!” Congratulations, Frankie!
"Welcome Book and Comfort Bags for Cancer Patients"
Helping new cancer patients navigate through uncertainty and fear—that was the aim of Megan’s Gold Award project, “Welcome Book and Comfort Bags for Cancer Patients.” Megan created a welcome book full of healthy recipes, poems, and music suggestions for patients at Cancer Support Community. She also collected donations from stores, led a younger troop in a poetry workshop, and attended meetings with patients—all of which pushed her out of her comfort zone and taught her courage and confidence. She advises prospective Gold Award applicants that it is “far more worth it to keep working than giving up,” and “the feeling of making a difference in the community is inexplicably amazing and heart-warming.” We’re so proud, Megan!
The Girl Scout Gold Award
The highest award a Girl Scout can earn.
A two-year undertaking, girls complete training and use their talents and learned leadership skills to create a Gold Award Take Action project. This large-scale project requires a minimum of 80 hours of planning and implementation and must have a lasting impact on its targeted community. To find out more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, or to begin the process of earning the award, click here.