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Girl Scouts Earn Highest Award: the Gold Award


Gold Award Marks its 100th Anniversary

Gold Award Girl Scouts change the world. They’ve conducted workshops to prevent girls from becoming victims of violent crimes, established science labs and classroom curriculum for a school in Siri Lanka, taught elementary school student how to plant and maintain a community garden, and so much more. Gold Award Girl Scouts demonstrate leadership and a passion for making the world a better place. Read more in our Washington Business Journal insert!

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts highest award. Since 1916, Girl Scouts have gained proficiency in skills and taken action to serve their community. This year, 163 Gold Award Girl Scouts in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia have left a legacy in their communities. On Saturday, May 14, we honored Girl Scouts who earned their Gold Award and Silver Trefoil at the In Your Honor ceremony at Trinity Washington University. Click here to see photos from the event. To read the remarks from our keynote speaker, Barbara Krumsiek, click here.

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital awarded 11 Girl Scouts with a Gold Award Scholarship of $2,000. And one Gold Award Girl Scout who demonstrated exceptional leadership was recognized as a Young Woman of Distinction received a $3,000 scholarship. For a full list of Gold Award Girl Scouts and their projects from the Greater Washington Region, view our Gold Award Yearbook.

Young Woman of Distinction

Helena Doms | McLean, VA
Street Smart Safety
Helena focused on ending violence against girls through self-defense and danger avoidance workshops.

Gold Award Scholarship Recipients

Rachel Coates | Gaithersburg, MD
22Q - Know More - More Hope
Rachel created a PSA to spread awareness of 22Q Deletion, a genetic disease. Her PSA detailed facts and personal life experiences in order to get people talking about 22Q Deletion, and help others grow up with more resources than she had.

Alexis LeMone | Upper Marlboro, MD
Keep Calm and Swim On
Alexis worked with Horizons of Greater Washington to provide a structured swim program for low-income families, who are disproportionately impacted by drowning accidents.

Katharine Tilmes | Bethesda, MD
Painting a Brighter Future
Katharine’s project helped reduce the effects of homelessness by giving youth opportunities to gain confidence, form friendships, and unite as a community through art.

Stephanie Johnson | Falling Waters, WV
You Matter
Stephanie created an online outreach project to encourage and support abused teens struggling to survive their situations and help them break the cycle of abuse.

Maggie Weaver | Oak Hill, VA
Fun is Free
Maggie helped children at the Katherine K. Hanley Shelter by running a kids day camp. She also created bags filled with books and toys for HealthWorks Free Clinic.

Michelle Ma | Falls Church, VA
The Speak Up Initiative
Michelle created an initiative to bring public speaking education to middle schools in Falls Church, Virginia and Washington, DC.

Abigail Hiltke | New Market, MD
Shooting Stars
Abigail created a dance sampler for children with disabilities to allow them to express themselves at a pace specific to their needs.

Maureen Sawyer | Burke, VA
Bridging the Gap: Increasing Awareness of Educational Poverty
Maureen led an extensive locker cleanout to collect school supplies for children in Haiti.

Josephine Mark | Bethesda, MD
Ready, Set, Read!
Josephine created a book club curriculum to develop pre-reading skills for children with developmental delays, low family income, or other challenges.

Alison Luckett | Vienna, VA
Native Plants Needed Now
Alison led a team of students to plant a native species garden at the entrance of Vienna Elementary School to inspire them to be better stewards of the planet.

Adirah Abney |Washington, DC
Suicide Prevention is Everybody’s Business
Adirah promoted suicide prevention by holding a training for teens and young adults. Participants learned the warning signs of suicidal thinking and behavior using Question, Persuade and Refer techniques.

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