Gold Award Stories

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, and it represents a met challenge to make a positive, lasting difference. The Girl Scout Gold Award cannot be won, but rather earned by taking the lead on a major project that benefits the community. This prestigious honor makes girls eligible for scholarships and automatically advances them one rank upon joining the military. Additionally, Gold Award recipients report higher success in reaching their goals throughout their lives. For many, the leadership and organizational skills and sense of community and commitment that come from earning the Gold Award set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship.

Congratulations to this year’s Girl Scout Gold Award recipients:

MariahMariah Bockin
Mariah is from Mondovi, Wisconsin. For her project, Mariah did a series of different projects that improved the local town boat landing.  She came up with the idea of building a welcome sign, fire place, and a bench. First she started building and then installed the welcome sign and later built and installed the bench and fireplace.

Kaylee BrownKaylee Brown
Kaylee lives in Eagle River, Wisconsin. For her project, Kaylee addressed the issue of turtles becoming extinct in the north woods. Many turtles are being killed when traveling across roadways in the spring to lay eggs. To help this problem, she teamed up with the DNR to paint turtle crossing signs where there is a lot of turtle traffic. She also informed student about the decreasing number of turtles so they can look out for them on the roads.

ChiltonDanielle Chilson
Danielle is from Arkansaw, Wisconsin. For her project, Danielle renovated Dead Lake Campground in hopes of helping people to get outdoors and to encourage children to play outside more. She did so by putting up several benches, a sandbox, putting in a flowerbed, planting flowers, and by hosting a campout for local Girl Scouts and their families.

Janice CJanice Conlon
Janice is from Ripon, Wisconsin.  For her project, Janice worked with seniors at Russell Manor Retirement Community, teaching them the importance of staying fit in their golden years. She talked with health professionals and gathered activities that would be well suited for the elderly. She developed a fitness library at the retirement home and demonstrated to the residents how to use all of the equipment..

Rachel DohertyRachel Doherty
Rachel Doherty lives in De Pere, Wisconsin. For her project, Rachel created sit-a-pons for the local Kress Family Branch Library and the Green Bay Children’s Museum. They have numbers, shapes, letters, and pictures on them that will help reinforce phonic skills, for example matching A to apple, while providing a comfortable spot to sit for read-a-loud. In addition to read-a-loud, they can also be used for others activities hosted at both locations and teach kids where their personal space is.

Alexxis GroatAlexxis Groat
Alexxis lives in Pearson, Wisconsin. For her project, Alexxis remodeled the concession stand at Elcho High School. She put on a steel roof, replaced doors, painted inside and out, and replaced all of the soffits and fascia. She also built shelves inside for storage. The stand is now safe to use!


Tess JTess Julien
Tess is from Greenville, Wisconsin. For her project, Tess started a book club for fifth and sixth graders at Greenville Middle School. With middle school being such a challenging time for young adults, school becomes “uncool” and participation in class decreases. Because of the vast amount of change that occurs during this time, many young people lose self-confidence. Tess created the book club to encourage self-confidence, class participation, and interest in education. Tess said, “Youth throughout the world are denied access to education, and it is important that students take advantage of their opportunity to receive and education.”

Stephanie MichligStephanie Michlig
Stephanie is from Colby, Wisconsin. For her project, Stephanie collected sweaters from the community and used them to make lap robes for the disabled and elderly. Stephanie used this opportunity to learn more about the medical issues facing the disabled and elderly, as well as improve her sewing skills. In total, Stephanie handed out over fifty lap robes.

Samantha RiebeSamantha Riebe
Samantha is from Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. For her project, Samantha created a system of sharing items within the garden community to be used by Wisconsin Rapids residents who grow products for themselves or products that can be donate to others in need. As a participant in the garden community, Samantha was able to experience gardeners sharing idea, promoting the garden itself, learn about available supplies and programs for children, and use shared resources. Samantha also donated her personal harvest to the South Wood County Emergency Pantry (SWEPS) which helped hundreds of people during June-August of 2015.

ShelbyShelbey Saffer
Shelby is from Manistique, Michigan. For her project, Shelby launched a three-part literacy program. Part one included reorganizing the used bookstore at the Manistique Public Library and setting up an easy system for volunteers to keep it going. She then gave presentations to groups with students who might be looking for volunteer hours. Finally, Shelby coordinated a book drive that collected over 1,200 hundred books that were donated to Manistique’s Early Childhood Center, where she spoke with families about the importance of reading to children at an early age.

Jenna SJenna Simacek
Jenna is from Princeton, Wisconsin. For her project, Jenna purchased a new flagpole, U.S. flag, and Wisconsin flag for the local public school in Princeton. She also created two videos about flag etiquette and patriotism, which included interviews with local veterans about what patriotism is and why it is important. Both videos are on YouTube for the public to learn more about patriotism and flag etiquette.

Julianna VoehlkerJulianna Voehlker
Julianna lives in Pulaski, Wisconsin. For her Gold Award, Julianna built raised garden beds at two elderly living facilities in Pulaski which has allowed the residents to engage inFor her project Julianna built raised garden beds at Parkside and Brookdale Apartments in Pulaski, which has allowed residents to engage in the gardening activities they enjoyed when they lived in their own homes.

Hannah VorosHannah Voros
Hannah is from Marshfield, Wisconsin. For her project, Hannah wanted to ensure that the children in Ministry’s St. Joseph Hospital’s Pediatrics’ Unit had access to pets during their stay. She worked to increase the number of pet volunteers with the aim of having in-room visits rather than large group animal visits.

Alyssa WarrenAlyssa Warren
Alyssa is from Suamico, Wisconsin. For her project, Alyssa created a field trip guide for Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve to educate students about the animal and plant life in our area of the country. Students who participate in the program will also learn about the importance of the environment and the actions citizens can take to protect the earth.

Callista WylesCallista Wyles
Callista is from Tomahawk, Wisconsin. For her project Callista rescued an entryway from the site of the original Tomahawk Sacred Heart Hospital that included two Roman-style columns, a keystone archway, and a piece that says Sacred Heart Hospital. She then created a garden at the hospital’s new location with rescued items.

Cassandra WylesCassandra Wyles
Cassandra is from Tomahawk, Wisconsin.  For her project, Cassandra addressed the problem of preventable injuries to wild animals. She created three different educational coloring/activity books that teach children about native animals and how to help prevent them from getting injured. She also created two games that will help children learn about native animals as well as a fun children’s song.