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2018 Gold Award Class


 2018 Award Yearbook

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is proud to present the Gold Award class of 2018. The Gold Award is the highest achievement a girl can earn, and is only available to Girl Scouts. This year, 188 Girl Scouts in the Greater Washington Region earned the award by taking on projects they are passionate about, from advocating for the homeless, challenging stereotypes of beauty, helping increase voter turn-out, to engaging young girls in STEM (Science, Technology and Engineering and Math).  This is the largest Gold Award class since 2009.

Gold Award Girl Scouts will be recognized at the In Your Honor Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, at Trinity Washington University, Washington D.C. from 10 a.m. to noon. Kathleen Matthews, journalist and Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital board member will be the keynote speaker.

“Gold Award Girl Scouts demonstrate exceptional leadership and a higher commitment to service,” said Lidia Soto-Harmon, Chief Executive Officer Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. “They exemplify intellect, confidence and drive. We are thrilled that 188 girls have taken on this challenge and succeeded.”

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital will also present 25 college scholarships to graduating Gold Award high school seniors, valued at $1000, and one scholarship, the Young Woman of Distinction Award, which is valued at $2000. Gold Award Girl Scouts distinguish themselves in the college admissions process and can enlist in the military at a higher starting rank. 

To read about all our high award Girl Scouts and see the complete class check out our Yearbook.

Sarah Van Hook, Leesburg, Va.

Sarah produced a documentary on Islamic intolerance. The film is now a part of the AP English and Psychology curriculum in her school.

Margaret Norton, Falls Church, Va.

Margaret created a sustainable, low-cost science lab for an under resourced school in Washington, D.C., to raise the students' science aptitude.

Tijarah Smith, Washington, D.C.

Tijara designed a transformational workshop for middle school girls focused on three keys to success: the ability to defend, advocate and love yourself.

Virginia Heinsen, Washington, D.C.

Virginia wrote and illustrated a picture book to support children with food allergies. Her book is available online for free.

Ashley Vauss, Upper Marlboro, Md.  

Ashley's Loving Arms & Hug Notes is a global outreach project aimed at providing emotional comfort to children in distress, to begin the healing process.

Alix Swann, Silver Spring, Md.

Alix focused on fortifying relations between youth and police through the creation of a documentary, hosting a panel event, and a website campaign.

Kassidy Berdine, Falling Waters, W.Va.

Kassidy designed and implemented four uniquely themed, multi-resident bedrooms in a domestic abuse shelter to create a more home-like atmosphere.