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Gold Award Girls Are Going Places


Gold Award Girls Are Going Places

Largest Class of Gold Award Girl Scouts in a Decade

WASHINGTON--Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is proud to present the Gold Award class of 2019. The Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn and is only available to Girl Scouts in high school. Our unprecedented 225 Girl Scouts in the Greater Washington Region earned the prestigious award, demonstrating a higher commitment to service and leadership. 

The Gold Award distinguishes Girl Scouts in the college admissions process, and we are proud to announce that graduating Gold Award Girl Scouts are going places. We surveyed these Girl Scouts, and 40 graduated high school seniors have identified some of the colleges they are committed to attending, and these girls are going with over $700,000 in scholarships awarded. (See chart below)

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, Girl Scouts will hold a ceremony to honor Gold Award Girl Scouts at Trinity Washington University, Washington D.C. from 10 a.m. to noon. Former Girl scout Board President and CEO of Self Storage Zone, Diane Tiptonwill deliver the keynote address. She will also unveil a new campaign to elevate awareness for the Gold Award. 

Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is launching a new video, print ads and social media campaign illustrating how the Gold Award produces Girls the World Needs.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), the Gold Award is the blueprint for girls who are meant to lead impactful lives.  

“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. These 255 Gold Award Girl Scouts have taken on the challenge and succeeded; they are Girls the World Need.”

In addition, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital presented 17 college scholarships to graduating Gold Award high school seniors, valued at $1,000; including a Young Woman of Distinction Award scholarship valued at $2,000. 


Highlights of Gold Award Girl Scout college choices: 

Gold Award Girl Scout


Allison Fowle - Sterling, VA

Northern Virginia Community College

Fatimah Dandashi - Falls Church, VA

George Mason 

Alexis Parks - Arlington, VA

Washington and Lee University

Maria Amare - Chantilly, VA

The Catholic University of America

Marius Taper - Brandywine, MD

Towson University

Meredyth Rankin - Warrenton, VA

Bridgewater College

Renee Anderson - Woodbridge, VA

United States Air Force Academy 

Kayann Coote - Herndon, VA

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Carla Rose - Bowie, MD


Hannah Myers - North Potomac, MD


Sarah Garretson - Fairfax, VA

Virginia Tech

Clara Johnson - Sterling, VA

West Virginia University 

Aryana Zullo - Leesburg, VA

Virginia Tech

Claire Sawyer - Arlington, VA

Clemson University

Carole Beckhorn - Alexandria, VA

Bucknell University 

Kathleen Bostick - Fairfax Station, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University

Amy Hermach - Gaithersburg, MD

Clemson University

Maya Johnson - Cheltenham, MD

Spelman College

Amada Williams  - Gaithersburg, VA

Montgomery College

Julie Ablimit - Chantilly, VA

University of Virginia

Asia Parrott - Silver Sprping, MD

Sam Houston University

Erinn Sanders - Frederick, MD

George Mason University

Carina Thornton - Celesna, Columbia, MD

Howard Community College 

Isabella Swigart - McLean, VA

Duke University

Fyzah Islam - Woodbridge, VA

George Mason University

Peri Schiavone -  Reston, VA

Christopher Newport University

Jessica Hubbard - Rockville, MD

Shenandoah University

Sonia Warrior - Falls Church, VA

Virginia Tech

Mikayla Lewis - Clinton, MD

University of Maryland College Park 

Lorna Cuthbertson - Bowie, MD

North Carolina A&T State University

Sarah Buckley - Jefferson, MD

Hood College

Kelsey Kitzke - Arlington, VA

Barnard College

Megan Reesman - Mt. Airy, MD

Western Carolina

Grace Schuler – Gaithersburg, MD

Drexel University

Johana Marroquin Arjona - Silver Spring, MD

Stevenson University

Elizabeth Turnage - McLean, VA

William and Mary

Nyah Breedlove - Silver Spring, MD

Southern University and A & M College

Abigail Houchin - Haymarket, VA

Virginia Commonwealth University

Roxanne Lypka - Fairfax, VA

Virginia Tech

Helen Ganley - Falls Church, VA

Boston University

Kassidy Berdine - Falling Waters, WV

West Virginia university 

Taylor Sieverling - Arlington, VA

University of California Los Angeles

To see the entire Gold Award Class of 2019 visit the Award Yearbook.


About Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital

Girl Scouts provides girls in grades K-12 with opportunities to learn new skills, explore STEM, discover the outdoors, become entrepreneurs, while making new friends and having fun! Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital serves the Greater Washington Region, with 87,312 members—60,193 girls and 27,119 adult volunteers and lifetime members.We believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™ to change the world. Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit