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Girl Scouts Recognized for Going for Gold

2017 Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients

Macedonia, OH – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) presented 60 Girl Scouts with the Gold Award on Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador may earn.  With each individual Gold Award project, a Girl Scout aspires to transform an idea or vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable, and far-reaching results.  This year’s projects included a music mentorship program, STEM programs for underprivileged youth, a published book about Sensory Processing Issues, and more.

Nationwide, only five percent of eligible Girl Scouts go for the gold.  This year, 60 local Girl Scouts joined the ranks of generations of young women who are recognized for making a difference, both locally and globally.

“Through the Gold Award, girls get passionate about a cause, collaborate with community members, and take on a challenge,” said Chief Executive Officer Jane Christyson.  “Earning the Gold Award is truly a remarkable achievement that exemplifies the qualities of a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader) ™.”

The advantages of the Gold Award go far beyond a recipient’s teen years.  According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award. When compared to non-Girl Scout alumnae, Gold Award recipients soar when it comes to seeing themselves as a leader, providing service to others through volunteerism, and positive attitudes about themselves and the lives they lead. More generally, over ninety percent of Girl Scouts not only attributed their success in life to Girl Scouts, but they also said they could not have had access to the same experiences anywhere else.

It’s not only Girl Scouts who understand the value of the Gold Award. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships that are unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces automatically enter the military one rank higher.

Here are the 2017 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients in your region:

North Region:

Madeline Halley – Bentleyville
Kara VanHimbergen – Brunswick
Dana Kapcio - Chagrin Falls
Jordan Spehar - Chagrin Falls
Katherine Armour – Cleveland
Kasey Galloway - Highland Heights
Mary Pat Nicodemus - Cuyahoga Falls
Sydney Smith - Cuyahoga Falls
Jennifer Bertrand - Olmsted Falls
Olivia Proe - Shaker Heights
Alicia Cox – Solon
Katherine Alley – Strongsville
Kathryn Bischof - Strongsville
Rachel George – Strongsville
Hayley Heinbaugh – Strongsville
Tessa Manson – Strongsville
Krithika Sundaram – Strongsville
Rachel   Altman – Westlake
Carolyn Bedell – Westlake
Allison   Routhier – Westlake
Holly Tomkalski – Westlake
Nina Wilkinson – Westlake

South Region:

Barbara Sutherland – Akron
Alexis Walent -Akron
Shelby  Keyes – Canton
Isabella Fragnoli – Hinckley
Sarah McCord – Copley
Holly Damante – Hudson
Morgan Fields – Hudson
Natalie Schwarz – Hudson
Christian Timms – Kent
Casey Spangler – Litchfield
Caitlin  Fogg – Macedonia
Grace Gaddis – Medina
Ella Rasper – Medina
Alyssa  Srail – Medina
Annie Lochridge - North Canton
Alexandria Thompson - North Canton
Michaela Brugmann – Stow
Emily Wisniewski – Stow
Miranda Mordue – Streetsboro
Rebecca Muckley – Uniontown

East Region:

Robin Forsha – Burghill
Deanna Swinerton – Chesterland
Regina Ziccardi – Chesterland
Bethany Double – Farmdale
Rachel Swym – Farmdale
Amanda Grexa – Masury
Shannon Stanforth – Novelty
Abigail Downing – Warren
Caroline Fox – Warren

West Region:

Vanessa Richards – Amherst
Maggie Lieb – Avon
Laura Curry - Bay Village
Hannah Koechley – Bellevue
Ashley Moen – Elyria
Sophia Pohorence – Huron
Grace Pohorence – Huron
Carol Hall - North Ridgeville
Julia Mohrbach - Sheffield Lake
Julia Pyle - Sheffield Lake
Sydney Novak - South Amherst

Bios and photos are available upon request.

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, or learn more about volunteering, please visit