Sarasota Girl Scout Raises Awareness by Raising Livestock

Sarasota resident and Craven College student Samantha Shaughnessy has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled The Moo Point.

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An active participant in Future Farmers of America and 4-H, Shaughnessy earned money by raising and selling a dairy calf. She used this experience as the starting point for her Gold Award project.

Shaughnessy shared her story of raising a dairy calf with younger Girl Scouts and 4-H members and taught them how they, too, can participate in the dairy industry. She developed and presented a workshop that introduced participants to the reproductive cycle of dairy cows and the resources that go into producing milk.

For students interested in following in her footsteps, Shaughnessy worked directly with them to teach them about the expenses associated with raising a dairy calf. Her goal is to inspire more young people to become involved in livestock projects.

“Because of this project, I am more outspoken than I was before,” Shaughnessy said. “I will take this experience and move on to college knowing I can make a difference in my world one day at a time.”

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The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The 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.

Congratulations Samantha!

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Lee County Girl Scout Renovates Community Playground

Lee County resident and Florida Gulf Coast University student Brittany Newman has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Out & About!

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Newman realized a local park was so rundown that it was unsafe for children to play on and families to enjoy. The park and its playground were in desperate need of repairs and renovations.

Newman took on the challenge of addressing these safety concerns with the help of some volunteers. The group, with Newman as their leader, repaired and repainted the playground equipment and benches throughout the park.

Newman’s goal is that with a safer and more physically appealing place to play, children will be more inclined to put down electronic devices and play outside. She hopes the newly renovated park will be just the place children will want to go.

“Because this project was so successful, I am more confident,” Newman said. “My leadership skills will continue to grow as I take on more projects that benefit the community.”

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The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The 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.

Congratulations Brittany!

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Collier County Girl Scout Builds STEAM Space

Collier County resident and University of Central Florida student Shreya Mistry has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, STEAM Pergola.

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When Mistry visited the Happehatchee Center in Estero with her Girl Scout troop, she saw an opportunity to promote science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in the great outdoors. With some help, she constructed a pergola where students can participate in STEAM-related activities.

Mistry’s goal is to enrich the learning environment to increase students’ self-esteem while also creating a positive attitude toward STEAM studies.

To make the STEAM pergola sustainable, Mistry encourages other Girl Scouts to maintain, update, and make improvements to the pergola. She hopes more seating, tables, and storage for program supplies will be added.

“I learned that a project like this takes a lot of planning, perseverance, and commitment,” Mistry said. “It helped me develop my communication and leadership skills.”

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The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The 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.

Congratulations Shreya!

Lee County Girl Scout Inspires Volunteerism in Youth

Lee County resident and Florida SouthWestern State College student Sarah Kraus has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, See a Need, Take the Lead.

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Kraus used her Gold Award project to inspire young people in her community to identify needs around them and take action to find solutions. Leading by example, Kraus decided to rehabilitate the outside of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home in Fort Myers.

To show others the hard work she put into her project, Kraus wrote about it on a blog. She showed that persistence and dedication to a cause can pay off.

Her goal is to encourage others to make an important, positive impact on the people in their communities.

“If you set challenging, yet reasonable, goals for yourself and are willing to put in the time and effort, no matter who you are, you can make a difference,” Kraus said.

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The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The 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.

Congratulations Sarah!

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Lee County Girl Scout Creates Cheerful Space for Families

Lee County resident and Bishop Verot High School student Nicole Holdgrafer has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, A Meaningful Visit.

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After touring the Family Visitation Room at the Department of Children and Families in Fort Myers, Holdgrafer realized how unwelcoming and dull the visitation room was. Her creative side took over and Holdgrafer gave the room a new, cheery coat of paint and decorated it with her own original artwork. She also collected donated books, toys, art supplies, and board games to fill the room.

What was once a bare room was turned into a cheerful, kid-friendly space where families can read, play, and color while they enjoy their time together.

Holdgrafer’s goal was to facilitate enriched interactions between children and parents to create more relaxing, meaningful family visits.

“This project taught me that I need to continue advocating and leading in things that matter,” Holdgrafer said. “I will educate others and encourage them to do the same.”

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The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The 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.

Congratulations Nicole!

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Sarasota Girl Scout Promotes STEM to Students

Sarasota resident and recent Pine View School graduate Jade Fischer has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Growing Strong STEMs.

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Program in collaboration with the Laurel Civic Association, Inc.

 

Fischer, who plans to major in physics and planetary science in college, has a passion for science, technology, engineering, and math. She realized how underrepresented low-income students were in STEM fields throughout the United States and decided to take matters into her own hands.

Fischer created a mentoring program and after-school workshop series to introduce students to STEM in relatable, exciting ways. Students participating learn about robotics, create their own mini-motors, and gain experience with CorelDRAW software. Fischer hopes the students will also develop a newfound appreciation for technology.

Her goal is to expand the program into lower-income areas of Boston, where she will be attending college at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall.

“I realized my own love of teaching and the satisfaction of making a difference in people’s lives,” Fischer said. “I feel that I can make a difference in the world and I am more confident in my abilities.”

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Program in collaboration with the Laurel Civic Association, Inc.

 

The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The 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.

Congratulations Jade!

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Lee County Girl Scout Inspires Healthy Living

Lee County resident and Florida SouthWestern State College student Kimberly Brett has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Gardening for You and Me.

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Brett has enjoyed gardening from a young age. She used this lifelong passion of growing food and flowers as the focus of her Gold Award. Brett noticed an abandoned planting bed at her school, so she formulated a sustainable project that involved ESE students in the creation and maintenance of a flourishing garden.

Her goal was to help beautify the campus while providing nutritious homegrown food and promoting healthier eating habits.

“From this project, I learned how important a leader’s role is,” Brett said. “I developed communication, strategic decision-making, self-motivation, and time management skills.”

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The Girl Scout Gold Award, open to high school Girl Scouts, recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects with sustainable impact in their communities. The 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.

Congratulations Kimberly!

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