Samantha of Lakewood Ranch Goes Gold

Gold Award Project: Primping for Prom and Pageants 

See the Video Interview here: https://youtu.be/qA7NbN6grNU?list=UUQu2q2bmzfNZJUoW1Qz20fg

Samantha HyattSamantha is a senior at Lakewood Ranch High School. She is the head captain of the marching band color guard and president of the Latin club. After high school, she is headed to University of Florida and she wants to be a TV news broadcaster.

Samantha noticed that there weren’t as many girls participating in the school’s beauty pageant and prom. She found that many girls could not afford these dresses which inhibited them to participate in the memorable events. With the Junior Advisory Board, she has started the program which involves young women donating dresses and others borrowing these dresses free of charge for these events. This program will be sustained through the years.

Samantha said, “My project helps increase self-worth in the girls at my high school because now all girls can participate in these events in which they will always remember. This project was a stepping stone in what I hope will be a lifetime of service.”

“We celebrate the Gold Award recipients for implementing community action projects that will serve those in need for years to come. Samantha exemplifies the Girl Scout motto of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place,” said Sue Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. Samantha will be recognized for this achievement in May 2015, at Girl Scouts Young Women of Distinction ceremony. Congratulations Samantha!

Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award: http://www.gsgcf.org/girls/gold-award

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Ashlynn of Lakewood Ranch Goes Gold

Gold Award Project: Dance for Lexi’s Paw Pals 

 See the Video Interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-a9-QFk53g

IMG_5576Ashlynn is a Senior at Lakewood Ranch High School, a cheerleader with the varsity squad, and a dancer with Jump Dance Company. For her project, she planned a ‘dance-a-thon’, in memory of her sister’s former classmate. She combined her passion for dance and love for animals to raise awareness within the community and collect item donations for the nonprofit, Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue.

Ashlynn says of what she learned, “I will no longer be hesitant to take on new challenges or to lead groups because I know I am capable of making a difference and teaching others that they can do the same.”

“Girl Scout Gold Award recipient Ashlynn, has already changed the world as a high school student. She mastered skills necessary to be an outstanding leader such as creativity and ability to positively influence others,” said Sue Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. Ashlynn will be recognized for this achievement in May 2015, at Girl Scouts Young Women of Distinction ceremony. Congratulations Ashlynn!

Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award: http://www.gsgcf.org/girls/gold-award

Cameron of Naples Goes Gold

Gold Award Project: The Taming of the Bard

 See the Video Interview here: http://youtu.be/ox-zlf5eT9A

Cameron Buxton is a senior at Seascrest Country Day School. She is preparing for college, applying at distinct schools such as Yale, Dartmouth, and Columbia to study paleontology. At her school, she is the stage manager of the drama department, the captain of several academic teams, the founder of The Scholar Bowl, part of Youth Leadership Collier, and has been in Girl Scouts for 11 years.

IMG_5411When she and her peers first were introduced to Shakespeare, her peers weren’t interested and thought it was hard. Cameron decided that she would introduce 40 students at her school to Shakespeare in a fun, non-intimidating way. Cameron wanted to teach students about important works of literature to enhance the already strong arts and music program at the school, so she educated and inspired.

Cameron is proud of the leadership skills she gained; “I think that my leadership skills will grow in the future because I have now gained the confidence to teach others about what I was passionate about. Leading people through artistic vision is something that I had never thought of doing before and definitely changes how I look at theater and my potential roles in it in the future.”

Peggy Arndt, Cameron’s Gold Award Advisor and Theatre Director at Seacrest Country Day School said, “Over the course of many weeks, Cameron succeeded in not just presenting Shakespeare, but in making his writing accessible to her students. Cameron had not only become a teacher, but a remarkably good, and inspiring one, at that.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. Cameron will be recognized for this achievement in May 2015, at Girl Scouts Young Women of Distinction ceremony. Congratulations Cameron!

Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award: http://www.gsgcf.org/girls/gold-award

 

Amanda of Bradenton Goes Gold

Gold Award Project: The Peaceful Place

 See the Video Interview here: http://youtu.be/xM2QOqQYI0c

Amanda is a freshman at State College of Florida, majoring in hospital administration and marketing. She was in Girl Scouts for over seven years. For her Gold Award project, she built a meditation garden for Peace Presbyterian Church in Bradenton. She says, “It’s a place for people to feel comfortable and get away; to think and be at peace.”

IMG_5381Amanda learned lifelong skills. She learned time management skills, how to lead several people in the management of a project, and she knows now she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to. Amanda knows she has made a difference in her church community. She feels that with the fast paced world, this garden can be a peaceful place for people to sit back and think. She says, “Maybe some of the world’s most inspiring thoughts are here. We don’t know?”

Sue Stewart, Cheif Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc., stated, “Nationwide only 5.4% of qualifying Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. As Amanda enters those ranks, she has distinguished herself by standing up for what she believes and taking action to make her community better.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. Amanda will be recognized for this achievement in May 2015, at Girl Scouts Young Women of Distinction ceremony. Congratulations Amanda!

Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award: http://www.gsgcf.org/girls/gold-award

 

Ellie of Sarasota goes Gold!

Gold Award Project: Dance, Dance Round the World 

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Ellie Tsuchiya, a Senior at Pine View, recently completed her Gold Award Project, “Dance, Dance Round the World” to address cultural apathy in younger generations. The program was created for the Dance-The Next Generation (DNG) students. DNG is a free Sarasota Ballet program for low income students at Title 1 schools. Ellie volunteered with the program and through interacting with the students realized, “they didn’t know about the diversity in our world and I thought it was something I could teach them.”

With her program, she expanded student’s knowledge of different dances and created a global link to cultures around the world. She believes, “cultural apathy causes many young people to partake in stereotyping or racism simply because they are not knowledgeable. My program helps these students become more culturally aware and more respectful.”

Lisa Townsend with the Sarasota Ballet and Ellie’s Gold Award advisor said, “Since our program utilizes dance to teach self-discipline, this tied in perfectly with what we do. It was a great way to help broaden their horizons, not just with dance, but with global cultures.”

This summer, Ellie visited the Girl Scout Headquarters in Japan, where she shared her project with members from across the world. Local GS visiting Girl Scouts of Japan Headquarters in Tokyo

“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award designation is truly a remarkable achievement, and Ellie exemplifies leadership in all its forms,” said Sue Stewart, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. “Her dedication, perseverance, and leadership, is making the world a better place.”

Ellie's Gold Award Pose

Ellie’s Gold Award Pose

Ellie learned presentation skills, confidence, audience adaptation, and time management through this project, but expressed the biggest thing she learned, “was that I could put my ideas into action for a cause I care about.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award is so prestigious that some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements. Ellie will be recognized for this achievement in May 2015, at Girl Scouts Young Women of Distinction ceremony.

Fantastic job Ellie!

Ellie in the news: Herald Tribune * The Observer

Learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award: http://www.gsgcf.org/girls/gold-award

~Guest Blogger is Emily Prettyman, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc. alumna and volunteer. Emily C. of Troop 121 with the Media Team helped interview Ellie and is featured in the video.

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