Girl Scouts of WNY announces all 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce all WNY Gold Award Girl Scouts. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

Click on the girls’ names below to be directed to the press release for their specific Girl Scout Gold Award project.

ERIE COUNTY

Name Hometown Project Title
Danielle Bellis Akron First Kicks: A Teen-Led Preschool Soccer Program
Jessica Breth Orchard Park Totes for Turtles
Ava Giangrasso Clarence Music and Memories
Angelina Gonzalez Buffalo Trees of Hope
Aniyiah Harris Buffalo Let’s Get School Supplies!
Bridget Hersee North Tonawanda Fort Niagara Naturalization Ceremony
Amber Hornquist Glenwood Lothlorien Feed Bins and Organizing
Nora Klipfel North Tonawanda Happy Caps
Caroline Kowalski Orchard Park Therapy and Rehabilitation Garden
Corrine Lapp Amherst Miracle Masks
Morgan Mahoney Hamburg Game Time!
Madison Rettig Hamburg The Importance of Healthy Nutrition and Exercise for Female Youth
Alexa Sass Hamburg Pollinator Garden
Nicole Spiegel East Amherst Daycare Project
Sarah Stuhr Orchard Park Spiritual Murals
Arielle Tyrpak Orchard Park Saving the Unborn
Alexandra Wilczek Kenmore Backpacks for Foster Kids
Renee Wright Holland Reading Garden

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

Name Hometown Project Title
Justine Cole Livonia American Flag Education

MONROE COUNTY

Name Hometown Project Title
Rachel Bernstein Honeoye Falls Benches and Sign for Community Garden
Sophia Braithwaite Webster Titan Ambassador Program
Rachel Burt Webster Promoting Water Safety
Mikaela Campbell Honeoye Falls Soccer Field Seating
Audrey DeVault Penfield Bats and Butterflies
Mallory Edgell Fairport Inspiring Through Art: Perinton Pedestrian Bridge Mural
Ellie Fairchild Honeoye Falls STEM in the Library
Zaria Gibson-Stevenson Rochester Inspire You
Lauren Gulick Fairport Art Day at Gilda’s Club
Audrey Huff Fairport Girls on the Run 10-Hour Relay
Emma Nelk Pittsford Grief is Different for Everyone: A Teen’s Point of View
Elizabeth Newell Webster Educating People on Owning Exotic Birds
Carmen Ponce Pittsford Improving the Display of Fallen Law Enforcement Officers’ Pictures & Information
Avery Roberts West Henrietta Park Benches at Martin Road Soccer Park
Emma Smith Pittsford Mural for the Children at the Monroe County Visitation Center
Bridget Taylor Rochester Mercy Morsels: A Cookbook to Benefit Bethany House
Isabell Timm West Henrietta Breese Park Birdhouses

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Sarah Stuhr as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Sarah Stuhr of Orchard Park, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Stuhr’s project, Spiritual Murals, involved creating murals at St. James UCC in the town of Hamburg.  

Stuhr said “I chose my project because I wanted to communicate happiness in the church’s community, in hope that anyone who looked at my murals would leave feeling better than before. The project impacted my community by giving my audience a newly gained positive attitude.”

Stuhr purchased the materials needed, got her designs approved by the Church Board, and got to work. After she finished sketching, she painted the walls to create the final image she pictured in her head and sketches. Stuhr’s artwork pieces will now be a staple in the St. James UCC facility.

Stuhr said, “Girl Scouting has allowed me to give back to the community, make new friends, and to grow in confidence and character. I have learned so many life skills just by being around the people in my troop and through the organizations in which we worked with. Girl Scouts has helped me to become a better version of who I am today.”

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Stuhr will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls. 

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Renee Wright as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Renee Wright of Holland, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Wright’s project, Reading Garden, involved building a custom reading nook for the Toddler Room of Orchard Park Wesleyan church in Orchard Park.

Wright’s project combined her passions for her church community, reading, and working with children and gave the children at her church a safe and productive space to read and play in. This process involved designing and creating a custom cubby unit, safety gate, and bookshelves that were themed to match the rest of the space.

Wright explained, “Every week I see the children work and enjoying the Toddler Room and using my Reading Garden during their story time. I learned how to use power tools to complete this project as well as created several new relationships within my church. I built, painted, and assembled all these pieces myself, as well as coordinated all the project donations, communications, and volunteer meetings. After the project was completed, I hosted several question and answer sessions for parents and other church members, as well as wrote an article that was included in the church’s electronic newsletter.”

“I am happy to promote early literacy within a community that is so important to me and appreciate the support from everyone who helped me during this process,” stated Wright.

Wright is the first in her community to earn her Gold Award in the last decade. As a Girl Scout Ambassador, she often aids younger troops, and hopes that the completion of her project will inspire the girls she works with to continue to serve their community as well.

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Wright will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls. 

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Madison Rettig as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Madison Rettig of Hamburg, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Rettig’s project is called The Importance of Healthy Nutrition and Exercise for Female Youth. Madison Rettig created a curriculum, website, and worksheets to help younger Girl Scouts learn to lead healthy lifestyles.

Rettig teamed up with younger Girl Scouts to present them with research she had done on exercise and nutrition. She also prepared worksheets to help them earn a badge. Rettig didn’t stop there and created a website called “HelloFit” using Wix.com for girls to use as a trustworthy resource for information on a healthy diet and exercise, because she personally knows how challenging it can be to find good information on the subject.

While in Girl Scouts, Rettig said, “I’ve learned how important it is to have a group of friends that I can rely on and how rewarding hard work can be.” By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Rettig will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Elizabeth Fairchild as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Elizabeth Fairchild of Honeoye Falls, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Fairchild’s project, STEM at the Library, involved hosting a day of STEM activities at the Mendon Library and providing the library with STEM activities for the future.

Fairchild’s goal was to address the need for women in STEM fields and keep girls interested in STEM throughout their years in middle school. Fairchild stated, “They learned about different STEM topics, the problem with the shortage of women in STEM fields, and were inspired to continue STEM education and encourage other girls to be interested in STEM.”

Fairchild created a website that has all of her program plans on it along with other resources to help girls learn more about STEM. She also sent her program plans to other area libraries so they can use the activities. She will train someone to continue running STEM programs at the Mendon Library after she graduates.

Fairchild said, “I have learned so many life skills in Girl Scouts and I have bonded with many people. My Silver and Gold Awards helped me develop my leadership skills.”

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Fairchild will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls. 

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Bridget Taylor as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Bridget Taylor of Rochester, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Taylor’s project is called, Mercy Morsels: A Cookbook to Benefit Bethany House. Bethany House is a shelter for women and children in the Rochester area that relies entirely on donated goods.

Taylor reached out to people within her high school, Our Lady of Mercy’s network to get started. She contacted current Mercy families, staff, and alumni who sent her recipes for the cookbook. After selling the cookbook, Taylor used the profits to purchase items off Bethany House’s wish list, to donate to them.

Bethany House impacts more than 2,000 individuals and families a year. “My project benefits people served by Bethany House by providing things they otherwise would not have. They are in constant need of baby products, feminine hygiene products, toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products, and food,” said Taylor.

Taylor explained, “My Gold Award was such an amazing opportunity; to be able to provide so much hope and happiness to the women and children at Bethany House was such a humbling experience and a wonderful feeling. Girl Scouts has allowed me to feel more connected to my community and those living in it.”

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Taylor will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls. 

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Bridget Hersee as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Bridget Hersee of North Tonawanda, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Hersee’s project, Fort Niagara Naturalization Ceremony, involved coordinating a Naturalization Ceremony at Old Fort Niagara with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Old Fort Niagara Staff.

Hersee has been a volunteer at Old Fort Niagara for many years. She learned that there hadn’t been a naturalization ceremony on site for over 30 years, and decided to change that. Hersee explained, “My project gave the community of citizenship applicants the opportunity to naturalize at a beautiful, local, and historically significant venue and learn some of its vast history while there.”

Hersee spent several days shadowing United States Citizenship and Immigration Services staff and learned about the entire citizenship process. She learned naturalization law, the process which immigrants complete to become citizens and how the agency plans a ceremony.

Hersee coordinated the agenda and those required in attendance to conduct a naturalization ceremony, including a Federal Judge, a legal clerk, and the Immigration Services Officers.

“My project addressed the issue that new immigrants often do not know the local history of the areas in which they live. There are now 20 new citizens who can say they were naturalized at Old Fort Niagara in the first naturalization ceremony held there since the 1990s,” said Hersee.

Hersee’s devotion to this project means that the Old Fort Niagara staff is now aware of what is needed to host a Naturalization Ceremony, and there can be more ceremonies in the future. Hersee explained that “Girl Scouts gave me an incredible opportunity to learn new things, meet people and go through a process I never would have had the chance to do without Girl Scouts.”

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Hersee will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls. 

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Arielle Tyrpak as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Arielle Tyrpak of Orchard Park, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Tyrpak’s project, Saving the Unborn, involved increasing education and reflection around the Pro-Life movement at her high school, St. Mary’s in Lancaster.  

Tyrpak explained, “I chose this project because I feel very strongly about the importance of saving every single life since I, myself, am a child of adoption. I think my project impacted the community by opening up a sincere dialogue about this very impactful issue.” Tyrpak had a representative of the movement come and speak at her school, she also published an informative article in St. Mary’s Gazette newspaper.

Tyrpak finished off her project by planting a garden at Nativity Church in Orchard Park with the purpose of giving people a place to go and reflect. Tyrpak said, “Girl Scouts encouraged me to see my surroundings in a different light, made me more confident in being able to achieve a goal, and showed me how enjoyable and fulfilling it can be to work as a team or individually to help those who may be less fortunate.”

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Tyrpak will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls. 

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Alexandra Wilczek as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Alexandra Wilczek of Kenmore, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Wilczek’s project Backpacks for Kids, benefits children in Hillside Children’s Center by giving them a backpack to call their own.  

Wilczek held can and bottle drives in her community to raise funds to purchase backpacks to donate to Hillside Children’s Center. Wilczek said, “I learned that I could really make an impact in someone’s life all by myself. I could work towards a goal I care about and achieve it with my own hard work.” Wilczek chose this project when she learned that Foster Children are not often given bags of their own to move their belongings from home to home, and she wanted to give them something that would be entirely their own.

Wilczek stated, “Because of this project, I know that I can facilitate a massive project and use my resources to make a difference. Girl Scouts gave me leadership skills and opportunities to help others.”

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Alexandra Wilczek will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls. 

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.

Girl Scouts of WNY announces Corinne Lapp as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce Corinne Lapp of Amherst, NY, as a 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout. Lapps’s project, Miracle Masks, involved creating 100 face masks for public distribution as well as providing instructions on how to sew additional masks with machine or by hand.

Lapp stated that her goal was to help families stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was happy to assist her community in a way she found fun and that helped her improve on her sewing skills. To streamline her process she worked on the masks in a style similar to an assembly line by batching several through a single step before moving them all on to the next step in the process simultaneously. Below are the instructions she included with each mask. The steps are also available at bit.ly/lappgoldaward on YouTube.

Steps of sewing the masks:

You will need: Fabric, garden wire, elastic, scissors, ruler, pins/clips, and a sewing machine.

Measurements: Fabric= 6inchesx9inches; Garden Wire = 6.5 inches 

Elastic= 6.5 inches for a small, 7 inches for a medium, 8 inches for a large

  1. Lay your 2 pieces of fabric so that both of the outside sides are touching and the wrong sides are on the outside. Line up the 9 inch sides and pin together
  2. Sew the edge with a 1/8th inch seam allowance.
  3. Flip the fabric so that the right sides are on top now and pin the wire into the seam.
  4. Sew close to the wire or with a ¼ inch seam allowance.
  5. Flip back over so the wrong sides are on top and pin together the other 9inch sides Sew. 
  6. Press together with fingers or an iron
  7. With the right sides on the outside, fold in the rough edges of the 6 inch side so that they are in the inside of the mask. 
  8. Pin the elastic in the edges. Sew over elastic with zig zag stitch. Backstitch over elastic 5 times.
  9. After sewing, add in pleats. Simply fold the middle together pin. The fold the top than bottom. Sew with a zig zag stitch. Press for permanence. 
  10. Enjoy your mask and stay safe!

By earning her Gold Award during the 2020 Girl Scouting year, Lapp will be included in a virtual acknowledgment this June. All 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts will receive the option to be a part of the 2021 in-person Gold Award ceremony next year to receive their Gold Award pin. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls.

The Gold Award project is the culmination of all the work a girl puts into “going for the Gold.” A Girl Scout’s project should be something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action that encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills. The project should also fulfill a need within a girl’s community (whether local or global) and create change that has the potential to be on-going or sustainable. Approximately 80 hours of community service are involved in the project. Completion of the Gold Award also qualifies the Girl Scout for special scholarship opportunities and she can enlist in the military at a higher starting pay grade.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.

The Gold Award requires a Girl Scout to identify an issue and investigate it to understand what can be done to address the problem. The girl then forms a team to act as a support system, including a project advisor close to the issue who is not a troop leader or family member, while she leads the project. The Girl Scout creates a plan to ensure they know what steps they must tackle while working on the project. The Girl Scout submits a proposal for her project to her local Girl Scout council. After acceptance, the girl begins to work through the steps of their plan utilizing the assistance of her support team where necessary. Lastly, the project is used to educate and inspire others about the cause they are addressing.

To learn more, visit gswny.org.