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2015 GSH Gold Award Recipients

**18 Scouts Recognized with Highest Individual Achievement**  

Girls Scouts of Hawai`i announced today that 18 Girl Scouts have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest recognition a member of the organization can achieve. The honors will be presented at the Gold Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Central Union Church’s Parish Hall.

“The Gold Award recognizes a Girl Scout’s commitment and service to the community,” said Shari Chang, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i. “This year’s recipients join the ranks of generations of young women who have made a difference in their communities and beyond. We are extremely proud of their achievements and are confident they will continue to be exemplary leaders throughout their lives.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, recognizes a Girl Scout’s commitment to excellence as she develops skills and values to meet present and future challenges in her life. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador must design and carry out a project that fulfills a need within a girl’s community, creates change, and is sustainable. The project must be completed with a suggested minimum of 80 hours of work. Only about 6 percent of eligible girls nationwide earn the prestigious Gold Award.

Recipients of the Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i 2015 Gold Awards are:

  • Alexa Anderson, Troop 709 – Fine Arts Bonanza Project.  Alexa worked with musicians around the island to deliver a workshop allowing girls in grades 4 – 6 to learn about different instruments and create music. The workshop highlighted the benefits of music programs and also brought attention to the declining availability of these programs in undeserved, at-risk areas.
  • Presley Anderson, Troop 709 – Fine Arts Bonanza Project.  Presley helped at- risk students find healthy outlets for their time and energy through a resource guide of music opportunities around Oahu. She also created a video of students around the island participating in music, and a manual to help others duplicate the Fine Arts Bonanza workshop lead by her and her sister.
  • Joy Andres, Troop 377 – Walk Away Don’t Ever Look Back Project. Joy worked with the Honolulu Police Department to teach students what to do in the face of sexual harassment. She wrote, filmed, and directed a video that was used as an educational tool at school assemblies across Oahu.
  • Jessica Dang, Troop 379 – Book Nook Project. Jessica created a comfortable reading corner with modern books to get students in grades 7 – 12 interested in reading. She worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii at the Waianae Clubhouse campus to create a reading “nook” for their students.
  • Hayley Dietrich, Troop 709 – Elementary School Science Olympiad Project. Hayley planned and hosted the first Science Olympiad at Le Jardin Academy since 2009. She shared her passion for science with the students through a variety of fun science experiments lead by Hayley and her team.
  • Kiana Hiranaga, Troop 1010 – Music a New Beginning Project. Kiana created a preschool affordable music program, which, based on her research, improves participating students’ math and memory skills. The preschool intends to deliver the curriculum developed by Kiana for years to come.
  • Yin Young Kim, Troop 379 – Organizing a Camp to Develop Leadership and Confidence in Children Project. Yin Young worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii to organize an educational camp for children ages 10 – 17 to fight against childhood obesity. She taught campers about eating right staying active.
  • Jamie Kosaki, Troop 379 – Mission Sisterhood: Obesity Project. Jamie addressed the issue of obesity by taking fourth and fifth graders from the Boys & Girls Club to Camp Paumalu and teaching them about the importance of a balanced diet and exercise. She got the campers moving through soccer and volleyball, and delivered nutrition lessons to promote healthy eating.
  • Jenna Kumabe, Troop 379 – Organizing a Camp to Develop Leadership and Confidence in Children Project. Jenna organized a weekend camp for 60 girls at the Boys and Girls Club to help girls develop their confidence and leadership skills.
  • Alice Liggett, Troop 404 – Joining Forces-Community Support for Junior Enlisted Military Families Project. Alice created a project that addressed the needs of military families when their loved ones are deployed. She developed, directed, and staged recreational opportunities for young military families through the Armed Services YMCA at Pearl Harbor.
  • Autumn Ollice, Troop 188 – Keep It Clean, Sort it Out Project. Autumn worked with a team at Aloha Stadium to revamp their recycling program after noticing that the recycling bins were not being used properly. She raised awareness of this issue in the community by speaking at Earth Day events, and creating a PSA showcasing her new recycling program to be shown during athletic events at the Stadium.
  • Hannah Shor, Troop 377 – Hawaii Oceans to Kids Project. Hannah taught younger children about the importance of the ocean and keeping sea and marine life healthy through a series of afterschool workshops and beach cleanups. As part of her project, she also wrote and illustrated a children’s book entitled “Micah the Monk Seal.”
  • Cori Sutton, Troop 415 – Save the Orangutans: If the Girl Scouts Can Do It, So Can You Project. Cori educated children and visitors of the Honolulu Zoo about the deforestation caused by palm oil production. She created a video and presentation for the Zoo to showcase and educate patrons about the use of unsustainable palm oil.
  • Mary-Brister Thomas, Troop 848 – The Gold Labyrinth Project. Mary-Brister created a 22-foot labyrinth that promotes a positive attitude and reduces stress. The maze is used in the curriculum for the Punahou Chapel and the Luke Center for Public Service, but is portable and may be borrowed by members of the community by contacting [email protected].
  • Cailyn Tsukamoto, Troop 379 – Incorporating Eco-Friendly Art Expression with a Focus on Nature Project. Cailyn organized a sustainable art project for girls from the Boys and Girls Club at Camp Paumalu. She developed activities using plants and recycled materials to help the girls express themselves through environmentally friendly arts and crafts.
  • Hannah Uehara, Troop 720  – Keiki Gospel Project. While attending Saint Anthony Parrish, Hannah noticed the lack of religious education for pre-school aged children. To address this issue, she worked with Sr. Eva Messina, Director of Religious Education, to create a gospel class for preschoolers by adapting the National Catholic Curriculum.
  • Rachel Watanabe, Troop 289 – The Mysteries and Wonders of Food Project. Rachel highlighted the issue of Hawaii’s dependence on imported goods by teaching children at the Mililani Presbyterian Preschool where their food comes from. She and her team installed an aquaponics system at the school and Rachel created lesson plans and workbooks to teach the students how aquaponics systems work and their benefits.
  • Madisyn Young, Troop 415 – Feel the Need to Succeed? Read! Read! Read! Project. Madisyn created a book area for children of all ages to read and learn in the Vancouver House, a transitional housing solution to help Hawaii’s homeless. She spent time weekly with the children there, many of whom did not speak fluent English, to teach them English and other school skills through activities, which are described in her blog: feeltheneedtoread.weebly.com.

Silver Awards to Girl Scout Cadettes and Bronze Awards to Girl Scout Juniors for their community service projects will also be presented at the ceremony.

About Girl Scouts of Hawai’i 
Supporting almost 5,000 girl and adult members statewide with approximately 20 staff members, the Girl Scouts of Hawai’i (GSH) builds girls of courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place. GSH’s headquarters is located on the island of O’ahu, with three neighbor island service centers on the islands of Hawai’i, Kaua’i and Maui. GSH is chartered by the national office, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and is responsible for the leadership, administration and supervision of Girl Scout programs
in the state of Hawai’i. For more information about GSH, visit girlscouts-hawaii.org or call (808) 595-8400.

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