Girl Scouts of WNY announces all 2019 Gold Award Girl Scouts

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Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce all WNY Gold Award Girl Scouts. They will receive their Gold Awards at the Gold Award Ceremony on June 1, 2019. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.



Alexis Barron                 Lakewood          The Dock Project

Courtney Jung               Bemus Point       Chautauqua Adult Day Care

                                                                Paint and Shade Project



Korren Baskerville          Orchard Park      Church Garden Fix After Tornado

Theresa Bienko              Clarence            History in the Present

Annabella Bogart           Amherst             Character Counts: Art Initiative!

Erin Bredge                    Orchard Park      Orchard Park Music Library

Ellen Chapman              Buffalo               New Home For Stitch Buffalo

Kennedy Craven            Cheektowaga     Timmy’s Battle Blood Drive

Elizabeth Del Vecchio   East Aurora        Charming Sensory Interactive

Maeve Devine               Lancaster           The Powerful Me

Brianna Grine                Buffalo               Mission Unite

Sydney Grossman         Hamburg            Beautifying Bemus Library

Anna Jegierski               Alden                  Promoted and Established

                                                                Danny’s Helping Hands

Eliza Klos                       Orchard Park      Chestnut Ridge Park:

                                                                Lower Loop Trail and Bridge Restoration

Sophie Kosich               Hamburg            Educating Kids About Birds in WNY

Hannah  Lehsten           West Seneca     HighPointe Mural

Elisabeth McAllister       Buffalo               Fleece for Friends

Samantha McAllister    Buffalo               Cushions for Cats

Hannah Mercer             Williamsville       Helping Hands: Community CPR Training

Hannah Rauh                Orchard Park      Zika Virus Prevention Project

Mora Sullivan                Cheektowaga     Books For All

Emily Tills                       Orchard Park      Raising Awareness of Bluebirds

Isabelle Wittmann         Orchard Park      Save the Bats

Jillian Wojtkowski          Williamsville       The Eyes Have It All



Victoria Perez                Geneseo            Summer Literacy Bags

Monica Weber               Avon                   Words of Encouragement App



Alice Camaione             Pittsford             LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Lauren Cody                  Mendon              HFL Volunteer Readers Club

Gabriella Commisso      Pittsford             The Five R’s

Micaela Deutsch           Rochester          H.O.P.E. Car Care Kits

Elizabeth Fredette         Fairport              Update of Potter Park

Megan Gearinger           Rochester          Build Friendship, Grow with Love

Krystina Gierlach           Fairport              Mythbusters Campaign

Lyndsey Giuffrida          Honeoye Falls    Agility Elements for Dog

                                                                Training at Lollypop Farm

Anne Susan Glenning    Rochester          Protecting our Future with Fire Safety

Emily Glidden                 Rochester          His Ministries Pancake Fundraiser

Kaitlyn Hoitt                   Fairport              Enhancing the Veteran Experience

Theresa Homeier          Webster             Halter Huts at Heritage Christian Stables

Hannah McGroarty       Rochester          Twice as Nice: Re-Loved Uniforms

Megan Reilly                  Rochester          Springdale Farm Scavenger Hunt

Olivia Rosen                   Rochester          Don’t Forget the PICU

Elizabeth Ruhland          North Chili          Classroom Clean Up

Shira Silverstein            Honeoye Falls    Garden of Dreams

Jacquelynn Smith         Rochester          School Supplies for Children in Need

Charlotte Spaulding       Rochester          Bluebird Houses

Cassandra Stanton       Webster             Growing Closet

Kayla Stevens               Pittsford             Connections through Music

Hannah Walker             North Chili          Gardens for Owen



Erin Fisher                      Lockport             Lahweh’s Legacy

Julia Frank                     Lockport             Wild About Wilderness

Elizabeth Humphrey      Wilson                A Song-A-Day

Samantha Jaeger          Lockport             Humane Education

Emilia Perraciny             Middleport          Middleport’s Little Free Library

Bethany Sielski              Lockport             Book Drive

Haley Storms                Middleport          Project G.I.F.T; Reading Awareness

Emily Townsend            Lockport             Storm Drain Art



Reagan Gensiejewski    Victor                 For the love of softball

Paige Phillips    Victor   Cupcakes for Life


The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and to enter the military a full rank higher than her peers. 

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

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