Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremonies

Apr 03, 2009 Posted in Newsroom, Press Releases

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador in grades 9-12 may earn. Someone once described the Girl Scout Gold Award as being "what you really want to be remembered for" in Girl Scouting. For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community and commitment that come from "going for the Gold" set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship.

Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania (GSWPA) will be honoring nearly 120 awardees at three Girl Scout Gold Award ceremonies this spring:

  • May 13 at Penn Gables Restaurant in Ebensburg
  • May 17 at Embassy Suite Hotel in Pittsburgh
  • May 31 at Barkeyville United Methodist Church in Harrisville

“Each girl has made a significant contribution to their community,” stated CEO, Patricia A. Burkart. “The Girl Scout Gold Award project is more than a good service project— it encompasses organizational, leadership and networking skills; and requires at least 65 hours of service, plus planning and requisite completion time.” Only about five percent of all Girl Scouts achieve this honor.

The Girl Scout Gold Awardees for 2009 represent girls from all areas of the GSWPA council and include:

Jessica Aiken
Dana Alexander
Kathryn Armhein
Jennifer Arnold
Crystal Bailey
Janice Bauer
Teresa Blough
Kathryn Blythe
Aurelian Braun
Sara Brinkley
Casey Buchanan
Cassandra Buxter
Veronica Cardello
Christina Carr
Sarah Carson
Laureen Chapin
Samantha Church
Sarah Clouse
Christina Cowan
Francesca Crawford
Heather Crossley
Shelby Cunningham
Derise Danch
Bridgette Dawson
Cristina DeSantis
Heather Diehl
Brianna Edwards
Diane Elbel
Laura Ewart
Amy Federoff
Natalie Ann Ferraro
Nicole Fischetti
Christina Flores
Julia Flores
Olivia Francois
Janee Frieko
Alicia Garland
Brianne Garness
Marie Garofoli
Susan Goghiat
Michelle Gottschalk
Brittney Guess
Larissa Gula
Jaclyn Hall
Emily Hansen
Rebecca Hasulak
Lindsay Hayes
Heidi Heatherdale
Melissa Henry
Laura Henry
Taylor Henzler
Cara Hertneky
Elyse Horomanski
Melissa Hunt
Stephanie Hunt
Brooke Hunter
Dana Jespersen
Ashley Johns
Ashley Jones
Carly Kammenzind
Brigid Kapfhammer

Victoria Kenes
Alex Kluthe
Kara Knechtel
Emily Kompare
Jennifer Kopczyk
Cassandra Kosmal
Cassidy Kravec
Erin Kregar
Samantha Krivak
Katherine Kromka
Jayme Leach
Amanda Lindgren
Christine Marty
Andrea McCaslin
Rachel McDonald
Kaitlyn McMullen
Brooke Merry
Amy Metz
Hillary Moore
Kirsten Morrison
Kerri Norton
Jamie Obeldobel
Corinne Oplinger
Kaitlin Pander
Corinne Oplinger
Nikita Overmoyer
Emily Palombo
Alyssa Perkins
Marie Popovich
Kathryn Prosser
Elizabeth Rhodes
Daniella Santana
Leah Scabilloni
Amanda Scheboth
Evelyn Schwer
Sharon Scott
Makenzie Sherbondy
Kristen Sicilia
Sarah Simmons
Laura Simons
Megan Smithmyer
Stephanie Sprague
Brittany Stoyanoff
Sarah Streeper
Katie Summerson
Kristen Swaney
Jocelin Thomas
Angela Torchia
Michele Troutman
Kristy Tucci
Katelyn Turner
Sara Whitfield
Lenore Wilbert
LaShon Wilson
Lydia Wolfe
Amanda Wood
Tamiko Yamatani
Michelle Yearick
Lauren Yost
Carolyn Zaffino
Amy Zoeckler

For more information on the ceremonies or Girl Scout Gold Award projects, click here to email.

About Girl Scouts
Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of theUSA is the preeminent leadership experience for girls and is the leading authority on girls' healthy development. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The three-million-member organization serves girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girl Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, reconnect, or donate to Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania, call 1-800-248-3355 or visit

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