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2000-2001 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 future.

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:

SU 1
Jennifer O - Hidden Valley Father Daughter Weekend 2000. Organized the entire Father Daughter Weekend including registration, meals, activities, campfire, and ceremonies.

Melissa W - The Amber Plan. Worked with Lebanon Township and local radio stations to bring the Amber Plan to the community. The plan provides a communication link between the police and local radio stations in a child abduction situation.

SU 2
Pam P - Hunterdon Hotline Teenage Awareness. Responded to her town's request to publicize the Hunterdon helpline for teens by creating a video and distributing copies to local schools and youth groups. The video featured teens using the helpline services.

SU 4
Jennifer B - Candlelight Vigil. The Vigil addressed the concerns and issues of domestic abuse and violence. The program included public officials, musicians, and community members. The issues were addressed through art, music, speeches and statistics.

Lara J - Candlelight Vigil Honoring Victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse. In charge of the logistics of the event which honored battered women and victims of sexual abuse. Approximately 200 people attended the vigil at the historic Courthouse on Main Street Flemington. The vigil was also televised on CNN local news.

Susanna M - It's Your Life: A Girl's Guide for Life After High School. A web site to help girls make educated decisions about their future from college to the workforce to technical schools. If girls are choosing college, the web site helps them further by helping them with selecting a college, applying, interviewing, and choosing a major.

Melinda R - Activity Boxes for Somerset Medical Center Pediatrics Department. Created age-appropriate boxes with crafts and activities for children in the hospital. The children have access to activities such as crafts, puzzles, games and videos to help make their hospital stay less stressful.

Sarah Marina R - Women's Crisis Services Candlelight Vigil. Focused on raising awareness and the public relations aspects of the event. Designed and posted flyers, wrote press releases and set up two Clothesline Project displays in Lambertville and Flemington. Set up displays in businesses throughout the county to help educate the community about domestic violence.

SU 5
Amber Lynn F - Interfaith Hospitality Network Housing for the Homeless Host Church-SRLC. Addressed housing for the homeless in Hunterdon County. Organized and insured coverage of volunteer help for a two week period. Used Sunday school rooms for a warm, safe place to sleep. Provided companionship for the guests. Secured food donations for all meals.

Michelle K - IHN Housing for Homeless Host Church SRLC. Provided temporary homelike environment for people without homes over a two-week period. Secured and coordinated volunteers to spend time with the guests. Obtained food donations for all meals. Prepared a homelike environment for the guests including a TV and movies.

SU 6
Cynthia C - Children's Music Awareness. Presented a music program to children who were participating in a Vacation Bible School. In addition, she prepared and presented musical therapy tapes to the Hunterdon Developmental Center.

Jiliann Leigh C - Women Serving Women. Secured donations of goods for the Women's Crisis Services in Flemington. Hosted a neighborhood block party asking participants to donate items such as towels, laundry detergent, storage containers, planners, umbrellas, etc. Purchased a $375.00 Wal Mart gift certificate for the center with money left over from the party.

Michelle Anne R - Publicizing Hoffman Park. The primary goal of the project was to heighten community awareness about Hoffman Park in Hunterdon County by creating and distributing a pamphlet about the unique wildlife at the park. The detailed brochure includes photographs and information on the birds and their migratory patterns.

SU 8
Meghan D - Running Towards Health. Held an informational running clinic to inform people about the health benefits of running. Compiled a pamphlet about common injuries and how to treat them. The speakers included an athletic trainer, a running shoe specialist, and a chiropractor.

Morgan D - Running Towards Health. Hosted a running seminar and 5K run at Pleasant Valley Park in Basking Ridge. The event featured guest speakers who addressed the advantages of running, the prevention of injuries, and the value of appropriate shoes.

Caitlin H - Improving the Self-Esteem of Others. Collected and packaged over 7000 beauty products into 300 beauty survival kits. The kits were distributed on Valentine's Day to women in shelters, transitional homes and to an organization for unwed mothers.

Amanda J - Baby-Sitting Course. Organized and hosted a baby-sitting course for young adults in Basking Ridge. Guest speakers included a nurse, police officer, childcare professional, mothers of small children, and an experienced baby-sitter.

Caitlin S - Comfort Bears. Collected brand new teddy bears for the Bernards Township Police Department to distribute to children involved in domestic disputes, car accidents and other traumatic situations.

SU 9
Rebecca S - Senior Citizen's Computer Class. Planned and instructed an eight week basic computer class for senior citizens. Seniors learned skills such as opening and navigating several programs, surfing the web and using e-mail.

SU 13
Stephanie B - Promoting Girl Scouts in Branchburg. Promoted the value of Girl Scouting through various local media outlets. Also ran a recruitment event to attract new girls to Girl Scouting in a sports and games night.

SU 14
Erin C - Introduction to Dance. Introduced Junior Girl Scouts to the fun and exercise of dancing. The girls learned ballet, modern, jazz and party dances. Each girl brought new socks that were donated to the homeless.

Preeyel D - VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Created awareness of the needy and homeless in Somerset County by starting VISTA Club at her high school. Worked with school officials to set-up club, which will be on going throughout next year, and hopefully, continued by younger members in the future.

Kristin H - Eyes for the Blind. Created awareness of the need and importance for people in the community to raise puppies for the Seeing Eye. Raised a Seeing Eye puppy and gave public presentations with the puppy to the community.

Nansae L - VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Created awareness of the homeless and needy in Somerset County through the promotion of the newly created VISTA Club at high school. Set up meetings and promoted attendance through events like ice cream socials. Organized ways for the students to contribute service hours at Agape House.

Charu S - Winter Clothing Drive. Collected winter clothing for distribution to the Interfaith Hospitality Network.

Laura W - VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Created awareness of the needy and homeless in Somerset County by establishing a VISTA Club at high school. Worked with Agape House to provide encouragement to the children through visits to the shelter.

SU 15
Jessica B - Create-A-Meadow. Created a meadow with flora natural to New Jersey on part of the Middle Brook Trail in Bridgewater. From research and meetings with naturalists, plants were chosen, ordered and planted that would thrive and bring pleasure to thousands for many years to come.

Heidi F - Field Hockey/Lacrosse Day. Introduced Field Hockey and Lacrosse to young children at the Bridgewater Summer Playground Program. Taught boys and girls ages 6 to 13 basic skills and sparked interest in the sports and athletics in general.

Noëlle H - Crim School Hands-On Science Lab. Developed a science discovery lab with over 47 hands-on experiments, 23 ready-to-use science kits for elementary school children, and an orientation manual. Facilitated a six-week class on procedures for many of the experiments for teachers who received Continuing Education credits for this class. The program will be expanded in additional district schools.

Rebecca L - Field Hockey/Lacrosse Day. Introduced Field Hockey and Lacrosse to young children at the Bridgewater Summer Playground Program. Taught boys and girls ages 6 to 13 basic skills and sparked interest in the sports and athletics in general.

Nanette P - Create-A-Meadow. Determined the best plantings to grow Song Bird, Humming Bird and Butterfly Meadows. Planted the meadows so that they are maintenance free. Created a self-guided, educational tour book.

Sandra R - Coat and Winter Accessories Drive for Needy. Collected coats, gloves, hats, scarves, etc from throughout the Council and community. Donations were distributed to House of Mercy Missions in Newark, Agape House in Somerville, and the Women's Resource Center in Hillsborough.

Diane S - An Adventure in Reading. Provided story time and activities over eight weeks for the children at Agape House in Somerville. The children were given structured fun activities and their parents were able to leave and run errands or relax.

Vanessa W - God and Me; God and Family. Conducted a Church class for girls to teach them more about the connection between God and themselves. The girls completed workbooks and earned a special pin and certification of congratulations. The girls collected tuna fish and peanut butter for SHIP.

SU 17
Rebecca F - Small Animals for the Classroom. Acquired small-unwanted animals, cages, food and accessories for classrooms at Amsterdam School in Hillsborough. Presented each class with an animal showing them how to care and handle them.

Kathryn G - Basketball Clinic. Hosted a basketball clinic for 38 girls in grades 5 through 8. Observed all the girls at games and practices prior to the clinic and concentrated on teaching the fundamentals that they needed to work on the most.

Janet Lee H - Rainy Day Recess Boxes. Created activity boxes for first graders who are stuck inside for recess on cold and rainy days. Junior Girl Scouts helped create the boxes during two badge nights and numerous troop meetings.

Stacey L - Fun Night! Provided fun, safe events for girls in Hillsborough. A bus took the girls mini golfing, swimming and bowling. Refreshments and T-shirts were provided.

Laura M - Cadette Interest Project Patch: From Fitness to Fashion. To complete the Interest Project Patch, Cadette Girl Scouts learned fashions from different eras, different hairstyles, and skin types. The girls also completed a service project for a home for women.

SU 18
Laura E - Breast Cancer Awareness for Young Women. A seminar composed of a Diagnostic Radiologist, and Obstetrician and Gynecologist, a Breast Surgical Oncologist, and two breast cancer survivors was held for teenage girls and their mothers. A pamphlet was written as a take-home for the attendees.

Alison H - Blood Drives: Awareness and Action. Helped in coordinating 5 community blood drives including being completely responsible for one. Helped over 50 younger Girl Scouts understand how blood is donated and why it is important to donate. Encouraged the entire community to donate blood through promotional flyers and posters.

Allison R - Development of a Butterfly Garden at Menlo Park School. Developed a butterfly garden for the first graders at Menlo Park school who study butterflies as part of their curriculum. Researched and secured appropriate plants and planted the garden with the help of township employees, community members, family and advisor. Created a PowerPoint presentation for first grade classes and interested families.

Alyssa R - Blood Drives: Awareness and Action. Addressed the importance of blood and why it is needed. Volunteered at several drives and held own blood drive. Taught younger scouts the importance and need for donating blood.

Marissa W - Camping at Valley Forge. Planned and carried out an overnight camping trip for Juniors that included visits to historical museums and monuments bringing the history of George Washington and the Revolutionary War alive.

SU 19
Rachel C - Volunteer Handbook for the ARC Group Homes. Created a brochure for new volunteers at ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens) to help them be less apprehensive and feel more comfortable.

Katherine S - Voter Registration. Encouraged graduating seniors to register to vote by researching, writing and distributing a brochure to seniors. She also provided information on how to apply for absentee ballots.

Congratulations to All!

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