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2003-2004 Gold Award Recipients
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts
earning this award express a special commitment to themselves, the community, the world and
The path to the Gold Award includes earning four Interest Project Patches, the Career Exploration Pin, the Senior Girl Scout Leadership Award, the Senior Girl Scout Challenge and the Girl Scout Gold Award project. The project requires girls to use their skills and leadership to design, develop and carry out a project that will benefit others. The combination of the girls' talents and energies with their values and convictions makes a positive difference in the lives of others.
The girls and their projects:
Amy Frey - Multicultural Theatre and Music program. Created an after-school multicultural music and theatre program for kindergarten students. Program allowed the children to learn about the culture of a new country every week. The children were encouraged to sample the food, and learned music, folkdances, and folktales. Countries included France, Russia, Cameroon, Argentina, Italy and Guatemala.
Melissa Frey - Multicultural Theatre and Music program. Organized a program for kindergarten students that taught multicultural awareness and acceptance. Over seven weeks, the children were instructed in different folkdances and songs, and sampled traditional foods from each country. They also read a folktale from each country and then performed it as a play with costumes and props. Countries included Mexico, China, India, England, Ghana and Spain.
Corey Meissner - Brownie Troop 594. Addressed the need for leadership of a first grade troop in High Bridge. Following many hours of training and paperwork, a troop was begun and continued throughout the school year.
Stefanie Londino - Musical Theater; Behind the Curtain. Created a backstage tour and workshop program for girls to learn about the "magic" of live theater production. The program coordinated with a local community theater company's performance. Admission included items that were donated to Women's Crisis Services.
Victoria Schwanda - Reader's Theater. Addressed the issue of students reading below grade-level. Implemented a program that involved sixth-grade students preparing a reader's theater presentation and presenting it to kindergarteners and second-graders.
Danielle Garcia - Softball Clinic. The softball clinic taught girls the fundamentals of the game. Planned four activities that included batting, fielding, pitching and a fitness discussion to strengthen their skills. The clinic culminated with a scrimmage for the girls.
Veronica Gessner - Books on Tape for ESL Students. Recorded books on cassette tapes for English as a Second Language students in the Flemington area.
Ngaire Underhill - Spring Daisy Recruitment. Organized a Daisy drop in-for Daisies awaiting troop placement. Also organized Daisy i nformation night for the Service Unit.
Molly Hurford - North Hunterdon's First Poetry Slam. Poetry Slam competitions are ways for poets to share their work and receive inspiration and recognition for their talents. Held North Hunterdon's first annual Poetry Slam for student poets to share their work.
Elizabeth Madura - The Play's the Thing and Coffee House. Organized programming for the Hunterdon Older Girl Alliance. The Play's the Thing: Younger girls have a chance for theater experience and to learn from professionals. The Coffee House: A night for older girls to get together and listen to music.
Melissa Morton - The Play's the Thing and Coffee House. Organized programming for the Hunterdon Older Girl Alliance. The Play's the Thing: Gives younger girls a theater experience, learning from professionals the different aspects of performing. The Coffee House: A night for older girls to sing, karaoke, and play instruments with other girls.
Alexandrea Santa Lucia - Wall at Grace Reformed Church: Newark, NJ. Grace Reformed Church in Newark, New Jersey has only one classroom. The exterior wall had boarded-up windows from numerous break-ins. The project required taking down the old wall, putting up a new one, insulating it, replacing the paneling, and installing four new windows.
Caitlin Enz - Grace Reformed Church: Interior Makeover. Addressed the issue of a dark classroom without many educational supplies. Re-painted the classroom, set up work stations, made bulletin boards, and planned classroom activities.
Kate Coughlin - Healthy Eating-Happy Living. Addressed the problems of eating disorders in society today. Discussed ways to lead a healthy, balanced life through nutrition and exercise targeted for teenage girls.
Diana DaSilva - St. Nicholas's Wish, Infant Bibs and Hats. Made Christmas brighter for those in need. Gathered gifts and other items to help an unfortunate family in the community. In addition, bibs and hats were made in response to the lack of these items at the local Paige Whitney Baby Center.
Wendy Doster - Bethel Ridge Camping Trip. Gave developmentally disabled adults the opportunity to learn about and then experience camping and the outdoors.
Katy Edwards - Blankets for Babies. Organized a Crochet Circle for seniors to create afghans for needy families with babies. Met weekly at Ridge Oak Senior Center and donated 10 afghans to the Paige Whitney Baby Center.
Theresa Falcon - Ridge Marching Band Website. Provides an instant, dynamic and reliable source of information and communication tool for directors, band members and their families. In addition, the website promotes the Ridge Marching Band Association and its activities and accomplishments within the community.
Meghan Greco - Hand-made Baby Bibs. Hand-sewed 56 baby bibs that were donated to a center for new mothers and their babies in need of supplies.
Julie Harris - Physical Center for Developmentally Disabled Adults. Addressed the issue of creating a gym for the Bethel Ridge residents where they could improve their level of physical fitness. Through the creation of this gym, the residents have a place to workout and have fun at the same time.
Nicole Humbert - Baby Drive for Great Expectations. Created baskets for newborns filled with items such as clothes, diapers, bottles, etc. Held a drive and collected donations from friends, family and a parish to create seven individual laundry baskets of baby items, one for each of the unwed, pregnant, homeless mothers at Great Expectations. Extra donations will be used for future mothers.
Chantelle Pires - Hand in Hand with the Handicapped. Taught high school students about mental and physical disabilities. Students hosted activity nights at Matheny School and Hospital for disabled children. Increased awareness of disabilities and coping with different lifestyles by overcoming barriers between different people.
Carrie Worstell - Bethel Ridge Camping Trip. Gave developmentally disabled adults the opportunity to learn about and experience camping and the outdoors.
Kathryn Zellweger - Seeing Eye Puppy Raiser. Increased public awareness of the Seeing Eye's work with sight-impaired people by giving demonstrations, organizing an information booth at a town fair and raising a Seeing Eye puppy.
Michele Adams - All that Glitters. Organized a father-daughter dance to collect supplies for local animal shelters in dire need of help. Also increased the involvement of fathers in Girl Scouting.
Deanna Biase - Cultural Diversity Night. Organized an evening of ethnic food, music, and dance for the community to experience multicultural festivities. Each country was represented by either food or performances.
Sarah Dziamba - The Daisy Fun Book and Daisy Petal Program Boxes. Provided an introduction to different activities for Daisy Leaders including games, crafts/activities, songs and desserts/snacks. Developed 11 program boxes for each Daisy petal.
Samantha Flint - Quilts for At-Risk Children. Made 20 quilts for at-risk children to warm their hearts and bodies in times of need. Each quilt took an average of five hours of work, making each one special. Organized quilting sessions for volunteers.
Samantha Hnidj - Collecting for Animal Shelter. Collected toys, food, blankets and other items for a local animal shelter.
Alanna Jamieson - ABC Quilts for Comfort. Made quilts to donate to terminally ill children to provide personal comfort; organized quilting sessions that taught other Girl Scouts the skill of sewing while producing more quilts to donate.
Dyana Swan - Summer Activities with Refugee Family. Improved living conditions for refugee family and organized enriching summer activities for the five children. Collected donated items to furnish new apartment. Took day trips and went on outings with the children.
Jessica DeBellis - Sunshine Bags. Created gift bags decorated for children in the hospital and filled with donations of coloring books, activities, stuffed animals, and crayons. These are meant to bring a little happiness to children facing long-term hospitalization.
Arielle Falcone - Bookworm Club. Addressed the issue of children's literacy and the promotion of positive values through three story-time sessions at a local temple. Children attending the sessions were asked to donate a children's book. More than 100 books were collected and given to Vanderveer School.
Kaitlyn Hahl - Junior Troop 1013. Worked with fifth- and sixth-grade girls within a Junior Troop for two years, helped them to earn badges, took them on trips, and taught them skills that will guide them through life.
Karen Hansch - H.A.W.K. (Health and Wellness in Kids). Addressed the issue of childhood obesity and healthy living in teens. Collected various health and fitness items and assembled them into baskets. Developed a cookbook with healthful recipes that most children would find fun and easy to make.
Shannon McGhee - B.O.O.K.S (Be On Our Kids Side) for Education. Collected school supplies for underprivileged children in Somerset County. Ninety-seven packages were made, each with different supplies. The packages were donated to Catholic Charities and the Home for Temporarily Displaced Youth.
Vinita Tandon - Read to Lead. Addressed the issue of a lack of books in classroom libraries in elementary schools. Collected, sorted and donated books to various schools.
Ashley Vagi - Junior Troop 1013. Worked with fifth- and sixth-grade girls within a Junior Troop for two years, helped them to earn badges, took them on field trips, and taught them skills that will guide them through life.
Sarah Bielicky - Swim to a New Level of Learning. Designed a 25' x 9' wall mural at Somerville's Vanderveer Elementary School. Painted a vibrant fresco of an underwater scene in the kindergarten entrance lobby to encourage each child to try and reach or "swim" to a new level of learning.
Justine Colgan - Swim to a New Level of Learning. Designed a 25' x 9' wall mural at Somerville's Vanderveer Elementary School. Painted a vibrant underwater scene in the kindergarten entrance lobby to encourage each child to try and reach or "swim" to a new level of learning.
Kaitlin Cowley - Community Blood Drive. Planned, promoted and coordinated a community blood drive with New Jersey Blood Services.
Michelle Gawrys - Dance Sessions at Camp DeWitt 2003. Provided the opportunity for girls to earn the Junior Dance Badge. Negotiated program details between Council and Gotta Dance Studio, planned badge requirements and led the week-long activities.
Lauren Hartong - Books for Children. Collected about 1,100 books for the children at Somerset Medical Center, local pre-schools and daycare centers to enrich children's lives with the joy and pleasure of reading.
Jennifer Iskra - Roman Catholic Religious Medals. Coordinated and administered Blessed Sacrament's religious medal program for Roman Catholic Girl Scouts. Awarded 33 girls the Family of God, I Live My Faith, and Marian Medals. Participants developed relationships between their religious teachings and Girl Scout principles.
Michele Iskra - Bear Hugs. Collected and distributed more than 300 plush bears on weekly visits to St. Peter's Children's Hospital and Somerset Medical Center. Comforted children with a variety of serious medical illnesses with a bear and hug.
Krista Koehn - Senior Olympics - VA Hospital. Organized and implemented eight sporting events adapted to various abilities, which addressed the therapeutic side of physical recreation and how fun and games help the veterans mentally and physically.
Adriana Lopez - Veterans Senior Olympics. Organized, planned and ran the annual Senior Olympics at the Veterans Hospital in Lyons, New Jersey. Activities included golf, bowling, horseshoes, relays, basketball and volleyball. Also collected toiletries for the veterans at the hospital.
Nicole Roth - Vacation Bible School. Organized and directed the annual Vacation Bible School program at the Martinsville United Methodist Church. It was a successful week that gave 30 kids the opportunity to make new friends and learn about God.
Kaitlin Shaw - S'more Songs. Taught songs to DeWitt overnight campers and made S'mores over a campfire. Distributed more than 1,000 pounds of food to local food pantries. Brought songs to troops that did not attend camp.
Emily Szabo - Retirement Center Computer Aid Program. Addressed the issue of computer illiteracy among senior citizens at Fellowship Village. Formed program to meet with seniors and teach them computer skills such as e-mail use and Internet navigation.
Marilyn Untoria - The First Step. Took a lackluster college information classroom at Bridgewater-Raritan High School and made it student- and teacher-friendly by adding color with college posters and career posters. In the past few months, students and teachers have found the room to be more organized and comfortable.
Dawn Warnock - Christ Church Youth Group. Planned, prepared, and carried out activities such as service projects and outings for a group of children and young teens.
Emily Williams - S'more Songs. Taught songs to DeWitt overnight campers, while enjoying the Girl Scout delight of a S'more. Distributed more than 1,000 pounds of food to local food pantries. Also brought songs to troops that have yet to attend camp.
Amanda Andreychak - Bringing Music to Girls. Addressed the lack of music programs in schools, especially after third grade. Implemented individual troop music workshops for each level of Girl Scouts.
Jacqueline Arcuri - Somerset Regional Animal Shelter. Addressed the issue of the need for volunteers, cat and dog food donations. Worked at the animal shelter on Saturdays and held two food donation drives.
Colleen Gibson - Homeless Experience. Overnight to educate high-school youth about homelessness. Participants slept out in the elements and gave service time to a food bank. Collected 1,600 pounds of food at St. Joseph's Church.
Caitlin Gleason - Reminiscing Our Lives: Using Art Techniques to Benefit Alzheimer's Patients. Used a variety of media in different activities with residents at Somerville Assisted Living. Continued visits also included time to sit and talk with residents, with the goal of stimulating their memories.
Kelly Hamblin - Operation Landscape. Researched, designed and landscaped an outdoor classroom at Hillsborough High School.
Maggie Henry - Head Coverings for Chemotherapy Patients. Addressed the need for comfortable head coverings for those who have lost hair due to chemotherapy. Junior and Cadette troops helped construct the projects, which were donated to the Institute for Children at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital and to Dr. Albo's children cancer patients.
Jessica Kubek - Kids Krafts. Supported the Beez Foundation by organizing a game center at the Raritan River Festival for children. Gathered gifts and donations of items for cancer patients as a special holiday gift.
Megan Kubek - Kids Krafts. Supported the Beez Foundation by organizing a game center at the Raritan River Festival for children. Then gathered gifts and donations of items for cancer patients as a special holiday gift.
Diana Marazzo - Patient Gift Bags for Hunterdon Medical Center. Collected donations of toiletries, books, and games for patients at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington to make their stay more pleasant. Donations were distributed to pediatrics as well as teen and adult units.
Jessica Mellow - Junior Theatre Badge Night. A fun night aimed at teaching the girls self-expression, emphasizing different aspects of the theater and effectively teaching the girls to work collectively as a group.
Danielle McSweeney - Playground Clean-up. Restored local playground. Asked local companies for donations. Cleaned and waterproofed wood, repainted see-saw, planted flowers, weeded, and spread new sand.
Laurie Pfister - Crafts for Kids. Addressed the issue of relieving boredom and stress while children are at the hospital. Created craft and activity boxes for children in the emergency room, outpatient and pediatric wings of Somerset Medical Center and Robert Wood Johnson Children's Hospital.
Rita Robinson - Operation Landscape. Researched, designed and landscaped an outdoor classroom at Hillsborough High School.
Jane Shaughnessy - Dutch Parsonage Garden. Laid the foundations for an authentic 18th-century garden, including the construction of a fence and assimilation of walkways, at the Old Dutch Parsonage/Wallace House, Historic Site in Somerville, NJ.
Rachael Smith - Musical Fun Badge Night. Badge night for Juniors to earn two badges on the subject of music appreciation. Organized and supervised stations that ranged from instrumental aspects of music to their own making of instruments.
Jennifer Davey - Global Possibilities. Addressed the lack of resources Council has to assist troops planning trips abroad. Wrote a guidebook, put together a video, and made 13 presentations to troops about international travel.
Katherine Farina - SU 18 Daisy/Brownie Camporee. Planned and ran a younger girl camporee for SU 18. Planned two Try-its and a hike for the day and hired a storyteller for the evening campfire.
Meghan Heil - Brownie Troop 1112. Served as a Brownie leader for a year. Planned meetings and activities to teach the second graders about community service and friendship in Girl Scouting.
Kelly Jackson - Navigating Your Way Through the College Admissions Process. Gave high school students a jump on their college applications. Invited speakers from two-year and four-year schools, ETS and college students to help high-schoolers through their college search.
Lauren Milewski - Music Outreach at Ozanam. Coordinated monthly visits to shelter; volunteers did music-related activities with the kids. The goal was to pique kids' interest in music and to show volunteers the extent of class division in our area.
Maryam Parvez - SU 18 Daisy/Brownie Camporee. Planned and ran a younger girl camporee for SU 18. Planned two Try-its and a hike for the day and hired a storyteller for the evening campfire.
Lindsay Putnam - Comfort for Kids. Provided 45 handmade blankets and quilts for hospitalized children as comfort and security. Aided Project Linus.
Maggie Stahlin - PC's for Education. Montgomery Township Middle School has established a program to eliminate paper textbooks. Instead, textbooks are viewed through computers. This project collected computers for families who do not have PCs. Sixty computers have been cleaned and inventoried and are to be distributed to students within Montgomery to facilitate their learning.
Sara Beck - Loving Stitches. Taught many local troops how to make children's quilts for boys and girls with AIDS or HIV. More than a dozen quilts were made and donated to ABC Quilts with Loving Stitches.
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