Cape Coral Girl Scout Rebuilds Nature Center after Hurricane Irma

Mikkelson, Maegan.pngLee County resident and North Fort Myers High School graduate Maegan Mikkelson has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Butterfly Aviary Renovation.

Appreciating the environmental benefits of butterflies, Mikkelson couldn’t help but take action when she heard the butterfly aviary at the Calusa Nature Center was in a state of disrepair due to lack of funds and damage from Hurricane Irma. Not only did Mikkelson carefully research and build a sustainable butterfly garden, she implemented a weekly educational program for youth visitors to learn why butterflies are so crucial for natural pest control and pollination.

“I am happy that I have found a passion in something that can benefit others and our local communities through my Girl Scout Gold Award journey,” Mikkelson shared.

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 Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Maegan!

 

 

Estero Girl Scout Restores Local Treasure

Marchetti, Katelyn - Cropped - RGBLee County resident and Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School graduate Katelyn Marchetti has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Happehatchee Community Stage.

After seeing the community stage at the Happehatchee Center in Estero had rotted and become unfit for use, Marchetti brainstormed a plan to replace the stage and revitalize the surrounding outdoor classroom. Her contribution to the center will provide a lasting space for many to learn about Florida’s native plants and animals, while encouraging the preservation of green spaces in our rapidly developing world.

Marchetti reflected, “This project taught me that sometimes you have to keep working, even when you are tired, to get the job done. I’ve learned that I can do anything I put my mind to.”

 

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 Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Katelyn!

 

 

Englewood Girl Scout Helps Foster Children Have a Better Night’s Sleep

HeadshotCharlotte County resident and Florida SouthWestern Collegiate High School graduate Anne LeVasseur has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Good Night, All.

Compelled to provide foster children with a sense of ownership and comfort, LeVasseur partnered with local churches, clubs, and businesses to organize and collect hundreds of pajamas to help foster children have a good night’s sleep. LeVasseur also hosted a tour of speaking engagements where she encouraged volunteers to consider representing foster children’s best interests in court through the Guardian ad Litem Program.

“It is important to me to help those in need and to work to make my community a better place. I know my project has made a difference in the lives of children,” explained LeVasseur.

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 Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Anne!

 

Bradenton Girl Scout Spreads Self-Love

HeadshotManatee County resident and Manatee High School graduate Olivia Lake has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Passion through Fashion.

Concerned with societal pressures from the fashion and beauty industries on young women and girls, Lake hosted an educational workshop with three influential female speakers. She also organized an online pledge encouraging people to proclaim their self-love. Through Lake’s passion for fashion, she has inspired future generations to feel comfortable in their own skin.

“Because of this project, I discovered a stronger sense of self.” Lake realized. “I learned even more about my desire to help the young women of my generation.”

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 Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Olivia!

 

Naples Girl Scout Opens Girls’ Eyes to STEM

HeadshotCollier County resident and Naples High School graduate Emily Hugan has earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Sisters in STEM.

Passionate about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), but disappointed in the lack of female representation in the field, Hugan was determined to encourage and educate younger girls about STEM opportunities. She hosted a workshop with interactive engineering, chemistry, and filmography stations. To reinforce her event, Hugan created a podcast targeted to girls that highlights influential female figures in STEM throughout history.

“I now know that the purpose of being a leader is not for the betterment of yourself, but the betterment of others,” shared Hugan.

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 Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Emily!

 

 

Venice Girl Scout Aims High for Her Goals

HeadshotSarasota County resident and Venice High School graduate Bekah Horsley earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Goals for Grenada.

Horsley has been playing soccer since age four. As she matured, she realized that not all kids have the opportunity to play. Horsley took her passion for the sport to the poorest community in Grenada and hosted a soccer camp for the local children. She brought balls, shin guards, socks, goals, and even custom shirts for 50 children. In spite of cultural differences, Horsley was able to connect with the children through their shared love for the international sport.

Horsley realized, “Because of this project, I learned what true joy is. Joy and happiness do not come from material items. Joy comes from community, human connection, and simplicity.”

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 Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Bekah!

 

Sarasota Girl Scout Improves Lives of Four-Legged Friends

Headshot.jpgSarasota County resident and Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School student Faith Holliday earned Girl Scouting’s highest honor – the Gold Award – with her project titled, Donte’s Den Agility Course.

Holliday, a canine enthusiast, understands how important it is for dogs to have daily exercise to be healthy. She teamed up with Donte’s Den, an organization that cares for dogs separated from their families, to construct an outdoor agility course. The course, built with donated supplies, includes a teeter-totter to cross, hurdles to jump, and poles to weave through. Holliday’s new furry friends are having a doggone good time!

“Because of this project, I discovered I can lead a group and make a work environment fun and positive,” Holliday said. “I was also able to improve my time management skills.”

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 Girl Scouts, and girls who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Congratulations, Faith!