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43 Northeast Ohio Girl Scouts Earn Highest Award in Girl Scouting

Gold Award Ceremony 2018 newsroom

Macedonia, OH – Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is honoring 43 Gold Award Girl Scouts at a celebration on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the John S. Knight Center in Akron. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador may earn. The Gold Award project challenges girls to identify an unmet need or core issue in their community, research and investigate it, recruit volunteers and build a team to create a plan to take action. This year’s projects included renovations to domestic violence shelters, diversity and identity training, farm education programs, and many more projects that benefit Northeast Ohio and beyond.

When compared to non–Girl Scout alums, Gold Award Girl Scouts soar when it comes to seeing themselves as leaders, providing service to others through volunteerism, and having positive attitudes about themselves and the lives they lead. More than 90% of alum 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.

Nationwide, only five percent of eligible Girl Scouts go for the gold.  This year, 43 Gold Award recipients from Northeast Ohio will join the ranks of generations of young women who are recognized for making a difference, both locally and globally. It’s not only Girl Scouts who understand the value of the Gold Award. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces automatically enter the military one rank higher.

2018 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients

Erin Abshire, Rittman, The Zone

Kyrstin Allen, Akron, Color Guard Benches

Anna Back, Wadsworth, Serenity Garden and Trail

Ariel Benya, Wadsworth, Renovation of the Wadsworth United Methodist Church Annex Room

Katie Blazek, Chagrin Falls, Auburn Township Memorial Rain Barrels

Hope Burkart, Olmsted Township, Baldwin Wallace Percussion Storage Room Cleanup and Remodel

Sarah Edwards, Mentor, Forbes House Yard Renovation

Grace Ehlert, Stow, A Bag for a Mom

Savanna Fee, Chagrin Falls, Sustainable Backyard Garden

Cassie Forsha, Burghill, Accelerated Reader Library Updates

Megan Garvey, Northfield Center, Painting Positivity

Kayla Gerogosian, Strongsville, Summer Youth Theatre Camp

Gina Gigliotti, Copley, Strongsville UCC Worship Garden

Kara Hackman, Barberton, Barberton Pet Fair

Melody Harris-Michetti, Fowler, Acute Auxiliary

Olivia Horstmann, Lorain, Finding Comfort in Books

Brianna Jacobs, North Canton, Saving Animals through Education

Gianna Allesse Jones, Warren, Heroines of History Fighting Blight in our Community

Jacquelyn Keslar, Hubbard, Y-Town Work Week

Ann Kolosionek, North Royalton, Divorce Through the Eyes of a Teen

Elisabeth Lendal, Avon Lake, Spices & More!

Elise Markley, Chagrin Falls, Santa’s Hideaway Hollow Welcome Area Improvements

Joy Mason, Mentor, Raising Awareness of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Amanda Maurer, Mentor, Forbes House Organization and Beautification

McLennan, Chagrin Falls, Memoir: A Play in One Act

Emalea Moore, Newton Falls, Bennington Flag

Jenelle Nemire, Berlin Heights, Cuddling Lovable Babies

Emily Oatman, Wadsworth, Norton Schools Butterfly Garden

Katherine Pafford, North Royalton, Using Creative Writing to Help Teach Children Coping Skills

Lauren Reese, Shaker Heights, Intersectionality and Diversity

Rachel E. Roberts, Akron, Let’s Reconsider Feminism

Charlotte Scherer, Kent, Lower Academy Camp

Abigail Shoaff, Strongsville, Safety Fair “Safety Never Hurts”

Lily Simon, Ashtabula, Volunteer Resource Fair and Memorial Day Parade

Kayla Stang, Elyria, Midview Sparkle Team

Taylor Susi, Akron, Green House Project

Ariel Takat, Warren, Assisted Living Facility Canvas Painting and Art Class

Katherine Valencic, Middleburg Heights, Enlightening Gardening

Rebecca Waggel, Madison, Water Bottle Filling Station at Perry High School

Hunter Wells, New Franklin, A Sign in the Right Direction

Adelaide White, Warren, Kinsman Quilts

Sarah Zusman, Willoughby, Cultivation Education

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 the Scout Leadership Experience. At Girl Scouts, we are all about practicing everyday leadership, preparing girls to empower themselves, and promoting G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ experiences. To join, volunteer, or donate to Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, please visit

To set up an interview with a Gold Award Girl Scout, please contact Nicolle Kovacs, Strategy and Brand Engagement Coordinator, at or (330) 983-0397.