GSTOP Gold Award Girl Scouts
Lynda C. received the GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship for her project, Not One More: A Mission to Eliminate Teenage Suicide.
Books and Blankets
Sana’s Gold Award addressed the discomfort patients at AmeriTech Kidney Center feel during the hemodialysis process. She provided patients with blankets to help maintain warmth while in the dialysis center. She also provided nutrition books to help patients determine a variety of meals to eat within their restrictive diets. Sana is a freshman biology major at the University of Texas on the pre-Dental track. Her goal is to be an orthodontist. She continues volunteering at community service events and her religious center when she comes home.
Catherine created a volunteer program called “Teen Librarians” at the Abilene Public Library for teens who needed volunteer hours or simply wanted to volunteer.
An Abilene native, she has been in Girl Scouts for 12 years. Once Catherine learned about the Gold Award journey, she set her mind on achieving it. She enjoys reading, taking care of her plants and cats, and playing with her two brothers in their free time. Currently, Catherine is a student at Texas A&M University studying environmental engineering.
Order up Literacy
Courtney’s Gold Award project collected 1,000 books for Wood Elementary’s new book vending machine to help increase a love for literacy and show kids that reading can be fun.
She is a senior at Martin High School and plans to attend college at Colorado State University to pursue a psychology degree. She’s been in Girl Scouts since she was in kindergarten, and she is very excited to earn her Gold Award.
Not One More: A Mission to Eliminate Youth Suicide
Lynda’s project aims to address and positively impact mental health amongst its participants through teaching fundamental skills via different activities. Not One More understands that mental health must be reinforced year-round in order to truly break the stigma surrounding the topic.
Lynda has been passionate about bringing a different type of mental health program to her area for years, and she was finally able to make that dream a reality with the completion of her Gold Award project.
“Be Prepared” for Any Weather Emergency
In February 2021 a major snowstorm hit Texas causing many people to lose power for several days. Many Texans felt that they were not adequately prepared for this extreme weather emergency. This got her thinking about how to educate her community to be better prepared for future weather emergencies.
Gabby is a sophomore from Fort Worth and has been a Girl Scout since the first grade. Gabby is active in theater and soccer and values her experiences in Girl Scouts, knowing that she will carry on those skills and life lessons she has earned into college and her future career.
Rockets for Kids
With her Gold Award project, Abigail helped an elementary school while inspiring children’s innovation and creativity within STEM.
She is a senior in high school and plans to pursue aerospace engineering in college. She has been a Girl Scout for 13 years, starting as a Daisy. Her first troop was started by her mother and some of her classmates in California. She continued her Girl Scout journey when she moved to Texas.
Using Social Media to Raise Awareness for Rare Disease
Aubrey used social media to raise awareness for families with rare genetic diseases. She connected with individual families to get more personal views on how they live their day to day life and what they have done for their kids.
Aubrey attends Carroll Senior High School and is involved in varsity cheer, serves as the Vice President of National Honors Society and Art Honors Society, and is a Carroll Green Jacket and track athlete. She will be attending the University of Alabama in the fall in their Honors College.
Middle School Mental Health Sanctuary
Keira’s Gold Award project created a safe space in her local middle school for students to take a break from the day to reset their mental health. The redesigned room fits the needs of the students, as well as the school.
She is a junior at Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. She is involved in tennis and National Honor Society. Keira has been a Girl Scout for 10 years.
Repair at Heavenly Care
Through Mattie’s project she renovated classrooms within a child development center that provides day care and education to underprivileged students.
Mattie, a senior at Southlake Carroll Senior High School, has been a member of Girl Scout Troop 4060 since the first grade. She is heavily involved in her school’s band program, playing clarinet in the Wind Symphony and serving as the head drum major for the marching band. She intends to begin studying human and organizational development this fall.
Shelves for Christ’s Haven
Erin built, sanded, prepped, primed, and painted five red oak bookshelves to store books, DVDs, and games in Christ’s Haven for Children’s common areas, classrooms, and library.
Erin graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carroll Senior High School in May 2021 and is currently a freshman at Texas A&M University in the Mays Business School. She plans to major in management information systems.
Paramount Playground Update
Abigail’s Gold Award project goal was to add new interactive equipment for the kids to play on during recess. Because music impacted her life, she wanted to share that passion with the future students at the preschool through the playground update.
She graduated from Randall High School in May 2021 and is currently attending Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. Abigail joined Girl Scouts in 2008 and quickly fell in love with the program. She was a member of Media Corps for five years, which led to choosing public relations as her major.
Fill the Room
For her Gold Award Project, Rose established a yearly clothing drive at her high school to aid children and teenagers entering the foster care system. The clothing drive will take place each April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Rose, currently a freshman at Texas State University, is studying social work. She is a Girl Scout Lifetime Member, and she has worked at Camp Kiwanis in Amarillo for multiple years.
Uganda Pen Pal
Samantha’s Gold Award project is a pen pal program with students in Uganda, bringing together students from Texas and Uganda.
Samantha is a senior at Lake Ridge High School and plans to study in the field of health services, possibly medical research or nursing. She has been busy this year with Academic Decathlon, whose team made it to state.