Going for the Gold – Recognizing Our Gold Awardees!

By: Kim Dunne, Marketing and Communications Manager

Gold Award
Twenty-four amazing young women have earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award this year! We’re excited to spotlight their amazing projects and how they have made their communities better!

Ashley Van SlykeAshley Van Slyke of Manlius is a junior at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. For her Gold Award Take Action project she raised awareness of the need for religious tolerance. She did this in part by interviewing leaders of many different faiths. She compiled this information into a video and presentation that she shared at an event that she organized. She also made a DVD with a powerpoint and video and has shared it with youth groups throughout the area.

Jazzmin WipfJazzmin Wipf of Palmyra is a homeschooled senior that will be attending the University of Vermont this fall. She plans to study zoology and environmental science. For her project she raised awareness about the impact the rhinos have on the ecosystem and the need to save them from being killed for their horns. She worked with the Seneca Park Zoo and the DAKTARI Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage in Africa. The information she gathered during her research as well as the coloring pages she created to inspire children, was shared with the  Zoo and Orphanage for them to do educational programming with school age children.

Rebecca WolkenRebecca Wolken of Syracuse is a graduate of Bishop Grimes High School and is currently a student at SUNY Binghamton where she is studying business administration. Her take action project aimed to help children and teens waiting for medical care in emergency rooms. She created activity packs divided by age. All the activities are in binders so that staff can easily replicate them for years to come.

Lyndsey YackelLyndsey Yackel of Williamson is a senior at Williamson Senior High School. She will be attending Hofstra University in the fall where she plans to study early childhood education and musical theatre arts. Her project, “Getting Green with Kindergarteners” allowed her to combine her interest in working with young children with the opportunity to create awareness for the environment. A video of her project is on YouTube f or others to see and learn and hopefully use in their communities as well.

Over the past several weeks we have enjoyed featuring all of this year’s amazing young women that have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award! Are you working on earning your Girl Scout Gold, Silver, or Bronze awards? We want to know! Send info and pictures to kdunne@gsnypenn.org.

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