24 Girl Scouts receive $35,000 in scholarships at Girl Scouts of WNY’s 2019 Gold Award Ceremony

Girl Scouts of Western New York is proud to announce that 24 Girl Scouts from the Western New York area have received a total of 27 scholarships worth $35,000 at the annual Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony.

Twenty Girl Scouts received $1,500 each from the Educational Scholarship Fund. To earn this scholarship graduating girls were required to have completed their Silver Award and/or Gold Award along with a combination of academic achievements as well as Girl Scout involvement and accomplishments.

Education Scholarship Fund Recipients:

Olivia Borkowski, Henrietta

Natalie Brechtel, Snyder

Olivia Cinquino, Buffalo

Lauren Cody, Mendon

Gabriella Commisso, Pittsford

Elizabeth Del Vecchio, East Aurora

Grace Deroo, Williamsville

Audrey DeVault, Penfield

Erica Ekholm, Honeoye Falls

Alexandra Gordon, Elma

Brianna Grine, Buffalo

Elizabeth Haley, Henrietta

Anna Jegierski, Alden

Alyssa Johnson, Lancaster

Judith Monickaraj, Rochester

Morgan Oun, Alden

Izabella Roth, Honeoye Falls

Jenna Sniatecki, Getzville

Kayla Stevens, Pittsford

Jillian Wojtkowski, Williamsville

Four Girl Scouts received the Kim Welsh Memorial Scholarship awarded at $500 each. The Kim Welsh Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1998 through the generosity of Carol and Allan Welsh in memory of their daughter, Kimberley, to be awarded to Girl Scouts who completed their Girl Scout Gold Award.

The Kim Welsh Memorial Scholarship Recipients:

Olivia Borkowski, Henrietta

Elizabeth Del Vecchio, East Aurora

Julia Frank, Lockport

Anna Jegierski, Alden

Hans and Charlene Schoenenberger offer one $1,000 scholarship to a girl receiving her Girl Scout Gold Award. All girls who were receiving their Gold Award in 2019 were entered in the pool of candidates. The recipient was awarded the Hans and Charlene Schoenenberger Golden Opportunity Scholarship.

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Golden Opportunity Scholarship Recipient:

Hannah McGroarty, Rochester

The Ralph and Mary McLean Wilson Scholarship offers two $1,000 scholarships to Girl Scouts receiving the Girl Scout Gold Award. All girls who were receiving their Gold Award in 2019 were entered in the pool of candidates.

Ralph & Mary McLean Wilson Scholarship Recipients:

Samantha Jaeger, Lockport

Shira Silverstein, Honeoye Falls

Girl Scouts in Action: Memorial Day 2018

Girl Scouts from around the council spent their Memorial Day Weekend embracing the true spirit of the holiday – honoring those who gave their lives for our freedom. From planting flowers to marching in parades and everything in between, GSWNY is so proud of our girls’ commitment to giving back.

Here are a few photos from their activities:

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“This past Saturday, Junior Jaylah B; along with fellow Girl Scouts, participated in the Memorial Day Wall of Honor Wreath Laying Ceremony, at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park, where five Western New Yorkers were added to the Wall of Honor. This event recognized and honored those men and women who gave their lives in service protecting our nation’s freedom.”

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In preparation for the Memorial Day Parade in Honeoye Falls, Troops 60362, 60381, and 60514 from the Totiakton Service Unit weeded the flower bed around the Pioneer Cemetery signs. The girls had fun while learning a new skill and helping their community!

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“Girl Scouts from Troop 42024 (Corfu) participated in the Memorial Day Parade in Corfu, where they handed out red, white and blue necklaces to spectators, they also took part in the flag ceremony and memory flowers.”

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” West Seneca Service Unit 317 was well represented at the Memorial day parade. From Daisies on up and along with our wonderful leaders, they carried their flags with pride !”

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“Troop 20094 Walked in the lakewood ny parade”

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“The East Aurora Girl Scouts participated in the West Falls Memorial Day Parade and memorial service in West Falls, NY.”

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‘Brownie troop 60670
Junior troop 60756
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Webster troops marched in the Memorial Day parade and participated in the ceremony to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. “

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A Season of Giving

Thanksgiving Feast

The holiday season is right around the corner and I am reminded of Andy Williams’ song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”  Great food, good conversation, and spending much needed time with family and friends makes this time of year wonderful. 

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I happily crossed off of my “to do” list spending quality time with my family.  It was great to slow down from the pace that I keep on a day-to-day basis to reconnect with my family.  I always enjoy reminiscing about the past but it is equally important to also create new memories.  That is why this year I am going to spend my energy recharging and refocusing on those things that are important to me. 

Susan Taylor, Emeritus Editor for Essence Magazine says, “We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly – spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.” 

While we take the time we need to renew ourselves, let’s take a moment to help those in need. Consider volunteering at your local food bank, donating toys to underserved youth, or giving a monetary donation to an organization whose mission aligns with your values.  There are so many worthy organizations that can use your talents to further the organization. 

Mahatma Gandhi said it best, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Happy Holidays!