You're ready to make the world a better place. Show everyone how you’ll do it by earning the Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards. Each award will challenge you and helps you take action in a big way.
GABRIELLE BOURASSA • Hudson
Gabrielle’s desire was to give back to a community that had given so much to her. After consulting with the director of Camp Woodhaven in West Boylston, Gabrielle set out to restore a soggy camp trail often inaccessible due to standing water. Gabby facilitated the construction of two ten-foot bridges to place on the trail. She created hand-painted, postersized signs of local animals and plants that campers could find on the trail with fact sheets about the animals with the hope that the kids who walk the trail will be able to better appreciate the nature around them.
Girl Scouts taught me many valuable life lessons and gave me a family that I know I can always go to.
After a 4-week internship this summer at Tufts Medical School, Gabby plans on attending college studying pre-med and computer science.
HOPE CLARK • Agawam
Books serve as a source of comfort for Hope and a desire to provide others with that comfort helped fuel her project. Two thousand books were collected and distributed among two schools serving a total of 800 students. Coming from a household of two educators, she was passionate about and understanding of the value of education and wanted others to feel that as well. Through distributions, getting to meet students in person, and book box drop-offs, she was able to distribute the collected books while also providing education and the opportunity for students and their families to sign up for a local public library card.
Girl Scouts has played a large role in shaping who I am today. After joining, the organization grew with me as I got older. Through the organization I was able to grow my confidence and independence, all while continually being surrounded by a supportive community.
Hope will attend Boston College in the fall majoring in business management and leadership.
NATALIE DA CUNHA • Milford
For her project, Natalie chose to address the issue of whitewashing in public education. Natalie wanted to create a unit in her middle school’s curriculum that provided a more realistic, comprehensive, and honest understanding of our country’s history of racism. She brought her idea to the school system and worked with the school’s instructional coach and teachers to develop the unit for the curriculum, which included literary, written, and culminating art projects for the 8th-grade students. Natalie joined with the teachers during teacher work days to give input on components and materials, and as a team, they created the unit that was piloted last year and put into full use this school year.
I believe education is a key component to understanding each other, each other’s histories, and how to make the world better as we move forward.
Natalie will attend Bridgewater State University in the fall.
KATARINA FECHNER • Worcester
Katarina focused on bringing attention to mental health struggles through education on expressive therapy, and specifically, visual art therapy. Born out of the stress and anxiety of the pandemic, Katarina stumbled upon the calming effect of doodling mandala-like shapes. Finding the habit so soothing, she researched art therapy, interviewed art and expressive therapists and professors, and wrote a book titled Creativity to Calm. She outsourced the prompts for the book to individuals across her community to add example pictures and testimonials, posted this book online for free, and distributed posters around her community with a QR-code link to the book.
Girl Scouts has been more than just a meeting every Wednesday evening or an activity to add to my college application. It has been my support system, my encouragement, and a space for me to grow since the second grade.
Katarina attends Colgate University as a member of the class of 2026 with a double major in Chinese and international relations. She hopes to attend law school.
ERIN FLYNN • Harvard
COVID-19 shutdowns took a toll on Erin’s local theater. Once a community hub, the dormant building needed a lot of TLC. The Accessibility in the Art of Theater project was Erin’s effort to restore a vibrant gathering space for a multitude of community functions. She gathered a team of volunteers and reached out to the wider community for donations of cleaning supplies and organization materials. Monetary donations funded two dumpsters, which were used for disposing unusable items, and in total, Erin’s team removed about 5,000 pounds of clutter that included rotting wood and ruined costumes. In the end, the Accessibility in the Art of Theater project restored an accessible, functional, and safe place for productions to return.
Girl Scouts has always been an important aspect of my life. When I was younger, it was an opportunity to develop lasting friendships while completing various crafts and activities. As I got older, it was an opportunity to make changes in my community. Since first grade, Girl Scouts has shaped my perspective of the world. I hold some values, morals, and ethics higher because of my experience with Girl Scouts.
Erin has completed a full year at Wheaton College, though is planning to continue her biology and pre-vet track education else where this fall.
ISABELLA HESS • Bolton
Isabella's Gold Award project consisted of making a children's picture book to help young children learn basic anxiety coping techniques, which teaches kids how to cope with anxiety in an ageappropriate and accessible way. Her own history with anxiety and her desire to become a therapist inspired the project. She wrote and published When I'm Worried, which is now available on Amazon. Isabella read her book to children at her local public library, where she gave out copies of the book to families and did basic anxiety coping activities with the kids. She fundraised to purchase additional copies of the book, which she distributed throughout the community.
Girl Scouts has been my most consistent extracurricular activity my whole life and has given me a lot of enrichment outside of the classroom.
Isabella is a rising sophomore at Mount Holyoke College and studying to become a therapist
MADISYN KAIJALA • Hubbardston
While working as a Counselor in Training (CIT) at a local camp, Maddie found an immediate need to help restore a bike program for campers of all ages and sizes. She repaired 60 children's bicycles, replaced broken helmets, and provided a bicycle shelter to keep the bikes protected from the elements. She created a bicycle and helmet safety checklist for future CITs and shared her bicycle and helmet safety sheets with multiple other Massachusetts summer camps with similar biking programs.
I wanted to earn my Gold Award because it provided me the opportunity to do a project that no one would've let me do on my own.
Maddie will be a high school senior in the fall with dual enrollment at Wachusett Community College.
MADELINE KAY • Uxbridge
The Notre Dame Academy Young Athletes Unified Sports Program is a series of clinics designed to promote inclusion and bring individuals of all abilities together. Madeline implemented the Unified Sports Program to address the lack of opportunities and resources available for those with disabilities who don’t have readily available access to sports programs. Madeline was driven to create a welcoming environment where individuals with disabilities felt safe to learn, grow, and be their best selves. She created a partnership with Special Olympics and led clinics with positivity and encouragement for young athletes, helping them know their disability is a beautiful aspect of their identity that does not solely define them, and that they were capable of achieving anything they set their minds to.
I have always been passionate about helping others. Understanding that many individuals with disabilities do not have the same opportunities or resources available to them inspired my Unified Program. I wanted to give these individuals a space to be themselves, share their stories, and grow in a welcoming environment.
Madeline will attend College of the Holy Cross in the fall majoring in neuroscience and sociology
ARWEN KING • Amherst
Arwen’s project title, "Free to be 83," was derived from the ideal type 1 diabetic blood sugar of 83 mg/dL. As a type 1 diabetic, Arwen's diet has always been a topic of interest to her. Before her diagnosis, she would often eat high-carb foods with few problems, but when she tried to continue these eating habits after her diagnosis, she discovered it was damaging to her body. For her project, she developed and wrote three recipes for low-carb meals that are accessible for anyone to make at home. She recorded, edited, and publicly published instructional videos on the meals, which had an accompanying pamphlet. She also taught “how to cook low-carb classes” with hands-on activities and educational materials to better spread awareness about the importance of dietary health.
This journey as a Girl Scout has been truly unforgettable, from beginning to end, and I have been inspired by so many brilliant women that have entered, and sometimes sorrowfully left my life. My hope for the future is optimistic, but it won't be without struggle. What I wish to inspire in others is the drive to not only move forward no matter how difficult things may look, but move forward with the passion to bring true change into this world, no matter how small that may be.
Arwen will attend Greenfield Community College in the fall with plans to transfer to a 4-year degree program in library science.
ALLISON KINGSLEY • Southwick
Allison paired her extensive Girl Scout cookie selling experience and an internship with the Springfield Thunderbirds to enhance the annual Girl Scout Cookie Rally for 2022 participants and future participants. Through surveys she created and brainstorming sessions she facilitated, Allison designed a ready-to-go activity guide for fun and engaging lessons intended to accentuate the cookie seller’s experience. Utilizing her leadership skills and business management skills, she credits her project with providing her handson experience in the business world.
I truly believe this project was and will be the foundation of my success in my future career as a businesswoman.
Allison is pursuing a bachelor's degree in marketing at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
SANJANA PULAPARTHI • Westborough
Recognizing that the topic of mental health is not mentioned often in middle school classrooms, Sanjana wanted to give children earlier exposure to the subject so they could be more prepared and informed. Sanjana held multiple workshops with middle school kids to educate about neuroscience and mental health. She had in-depth discussions with kids about their concerns about mental health. By teaching them about neuroscience, she was able to help them understand the science behind certain mental health issues. She created a website with all her research and the content she taught in the workshops so it is easily accessible to the public.
Always have an open mind when executing your project. New information has a way of surprising you in the strangest ways and having an open mind will help you absorb as much knowledge as you can so that you are able to pass it on to others to the best of your ability.
Sanjana will attend the University of Maryland, majoring in computer science.
KATHERINE ROMOSER • Longmeadow
Motivated by the desire to help her school's music department and improve it for the students who come after her, Katherine set out to organize all the sheet music used in the program. Katherine created a functional cataloging system accessible to current and future band directors and staff with a user access guide.
Because of Girl Scouts, I have a lot more opinions and courage to speak up for myself.
Katherine will attend Western New England University to study biology. She’d like to be a paleontologist.
SOFIA SOARES • Milford
Inspired by her love of reading, Sofia built and installed a Little Free Library in front of her town’s local elementary school. She hosted a book drive and connected with her community to gather a wide array of books to give year-long access to students, families, and community members with an assortment from which to choose. She donated books to other Little Free Libraries, consignment shops, and public libraries. Her Little Free Library is connected to the world map of Little Free Libraries.
My favorite part of the project was reading to the kids in extended day and talking to them about ways reading could be fun for them and relate to their interests.
Sofia will attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington in the fall to study criminology
CORA TAILLEFER • South Grafton
Lived experience inspired Cora’s Gold Award project. Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at an early age, Cora’s project focused on helping children by creating sensory items to help restore calm during moments of anxiety. With the help of a team she led, Cora created a total of 220 sensory items which she donated to local schools and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy organizations, including Autism Allies and the Flutie Foundation. Cora included an informational pamphlet for caregivers discussing autism, anxiety, her own story, and why she created the different items.
Girl Scouts has allowed me to find my passion for helping people in my community.
Cora will attend the University of Rhode Island to study animal sciences and technology.
THERESA THOMAS • Milford
Theresa created a prayer garden at her church with a stone bench and pathway around the Mother Mary statue. Her goal was to provide a peaceful place for reflection in the outdoor area of her parish where people can sit and relax. She created a pamphlet with insight into how prayer can be used as a way to help cope with mental stress. She wanted to show her community the same amount of care that she received from them throughout her life.
Because of Girl Scouts, I have created unforgettable memories and lifelong friendships that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.
Theresa will attend UMass Amherst in the fall, majoring in biology on the pre-PA track
ABIGAIL VANN • South Hadley
Well-meaning people in Abigail’s neighborhood were feeding wild animals and attracting them to their yards, creating a dangerous situation for both people and animals. After consulting with her community’s police chief and the furbearer expert for Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Abigail created a coloring book and interactive activity to help people understand how to live harmoniously with wild animals, focusing specifically on educating young children on how they can influence the adults in their lives. She created a library event to teach kids about bears, foxes, and coyotes, and her coloring book is online on the library website and the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife website.
My favorite part of my project was interacting with kids, getting to see them so excited to learn about wildlife and share what they learned with the people around them.
Abigail will be a high school Junior in the fall.
AMELIA WRAY • Longmeadow
By Amelia’s estimation, one of the lesser-known gems of Longmeadow is its local community garden, where all town residents are welcome to a free plot that leads to a thriving town garden. However, it lacked a surplus of pollinators. Amelia was granted a permanent plot and worked with a master gardener to select native perennial plants with the goal of attracting a variety of pollinators. In the spring of 2021, Amelia and her team planted the garden which has flourished since with non-invasive perennial plants, attracting more pollinators every year.
We only have one planet and it is our job as humans to protect nature. By advocating this to both my school and through the Girl Scouts organization, I hope to be a part of a much bigger revolution.
Amelia will attend Princeton University in the fall, hoping to study either operations research and financial engineering or mechanical and aerospace engineering.
PEARL BURNS • Holyoke
Pearl built and installed three small libraries in parks in her hometown, Holyoke. She partnered with the parks and recreation department, which agreed to see to the libraries’ upkeep when she is unable. Pearl found that the best part of her project is restocking books, as she often sees children at the parks with the books she provided or with their guardians reading to them.
Girl Scouting is a broadening horizon. For me, it's something that opens a path to so many meaningful experiences that otherwise would have been impossible.
Pearl is enrolled for the fall at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she will pursue a degree in Computer Science alongside a pre-med track
HELEN COHEN • Great Barrington
Millions of Americans cannot afford consistent access to menstrual hygiene products. Helen was inspired to help alleviate the effects of period poverty and curb the environmental effects of period waste by increasing access to reusable period products. She worked with a menstrual cup company to source free supplies and created educational materials on reusable period products. Through partnership with community institutions across western Massachusetts and central Virginia, Helen has delivered 200 menstrual cups for distribution.
Girl Scouting is a program that challenges young women to be the change they want to see. It is a community of determined individuals, and a sisterhood of incredible women. It is a cheerleader pushing girls to achieve their best.
Helen will be attending school at Bard College at Simon's Rock class of 2024, studying psychology to be a speech pathologist.
SOPHIA COLDWELL • South Grafton
Sophia’s topic, learning to love yourself, was inspired by Sophia’s personal experience. Through films, interviews, and podcasts, her Love Your Selfie project came to life. Sophia addressed the societal impacts on body image and loving yourself, with a focus on the young adolescent age group. Sophia personally struggled with poor body image and wants to ensure others know the impacts unrealistic expectations have.
Girl Scouts, to me, means to start off having these strong role models, then to grow up to be the strong role models for the next generations to come.
Sophia is enrolled as a rising sophomore at Bay Path University, double majoring in Business Administration and Hospitality Management, hoping to pursue further global studies.
EMILY CROTEAU • Milford
Following her brother’s lead, Emily took up mountain biking during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emily built a bridge on a popular New England Mountain Bike Association mountain bike trail. She raised funds, pursued a lumber donation, and assembled a work crew to help her create a 60 foot bridge she designed.
Girl Scouting means to giving back to community. Have fun on adventures and be open to creating new relationships as I move through life.
Emily plans to attend college and pursue a nursing degree.
VEDA DAVE • South Grafton
Veda enhanced a special needs classroom in one of her town’s elementary schools by painting the room and adding sensory-related accessories to the classroom. By working with the school’s administrators and special education department and supervising fellow students, Veda created a welcoming, visually pleasing and stimulating environment.
Pursuing business in college, I couldn't be more thankful for all the business experience I got through Girl Scouts. From selling cookies to planning events I got a glimpse into the business world. Girl Scouts helped me grow into an independent individual and gain confidence to follow my desires.
Veda will be attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall of 2022. She plans on majoring in management at the Isenberg School of Management.
GENEVIEVE FARR • Lunenburg
Genevieve’s Gold Award Project addressed a very high traffic area in a stairwell that her congregation, including children of all ages, CCD teachers, and parents use regularly. She covered the blank white walls with a beautifully painted mural and created an area for reflection.
Girl Scouts is a place where I was able to grow into an independent and strong young woman.
Genevieve is attending St. Lawrence University and will be majoring in biology.
OLIVIA FARR • Lunenburg
Olivia created a life-size wall mural at her local physician’s office with a variety of wild animals and plants to transform a potentially stressful waiting space into a place for children to have a safe, fun, and educational experience while waiting in the lobby. She provided educational materials for families with questions and answers regarding the mural subjects.
Because of Girl Scouts I learned how to be the best version of myself and to care for others in and outside of my community.
Olivia is a freshman majoring in Psychology at Worcester State University.
LILY FOX • Westborough
As an artist who loves to make others happy with what she creates, Lily used the opportunity of the Gold Award to share joy with the greater community. With the help of other local artists and community members, Lily created an outlet to share happiness and joy by gifting artwork to people with illnesses and depression to brighten their day. Lily's initiative is now part of a local program, Art Buddies, to continue the goal of giving joy through artistic expression.
Girl Scouting helped me to discover what I love and who I want to be in this world.
Lily will attend Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia, as part of their freshman class. She plans to major in interior design.
CARLY HALEY • Milford
Carly built a reading nook bench for her town’s youth center and created a book of the month club, providing books on important and relevant topics to teens. Kids now have a new comfortable, organized space to read. Her Gold Award reinforced what she’d learned through Girl Scouts: that trying new things and stepping out of your comfort zone is as important as having fun and going on adventures.
Girl Scouting is a place where you can truly be yourself with others around you who see you and embrace you for who you are.
Carly plans to attend a 4-year college when she’s older, likely taking a path in science and possibly something in the medical field.
LACEY-MAE MASON • Berlin
Lacey-Mae appreciated that her school served as a community pantry but was dismayed by its limited days of operation. She made it her mission to increase access at her community food pantry so the community has access to staple food and diapers more often. She built her own pantry to supply food and hygiene products.
When asked what Girl Scouting means to me it's family. I've done Girl Scouts since I was little and have grown up with one of my best friends from Girl Scouts which amazing. Family is what Girl Scouts mean to me.
Lacey-Mae is enrolled at Mount Wachusett Community College and is going to school to work with kids.
AVA MENDELSOHN • Amherst
Ava wanted to earn her Gold Award by educating the public about nature. She collaborated with Kestrel Land Trust to create signage about erosion control, the Connecticut River Watershed, and the native brook trout life cycle along the Sodom Brook trail. Education will help to restore and stabilize the stream banks and habitat of Sodom Brook. Ava’s signs will be visible to the public for years to come.
Through Girl Scouts, I have learned how to work hard and stand up for things that are important to me. And I learned the importance of the environment. Girl Scouts has been a safe place for me where I get to feel empowered as a woman.
Ava will be enrolling in Temple University where she will attend Klein College and major in communications.
REBECCA MILLER • Harvard
The coronavirus pandemic greatly impacted the world on a grand scale. Loneliness, isolation, money, and food insecurity increased. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, in response to the increased isolation, money, and food insecurity, Rebecca put together care kits for clients of the WHEAT Community Connections Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry to help combat loneliness and pandemic stressors. Rebecca organized and put together three hundred care kits that each included KN95 masks, medical gloves, mindful adult coloring books, colored pencils, SPF-15 chapsticks, water bottles, sunglasses, and water-repellent string backpacks. Handwritten messages of caring accompanied every kit.
Throughout my 12 years in Girl Scouting, I learned so many things, not the least of which was how to interdependently grow, listen, and stand up for what I believe in. I have learned not only who I am, something I intend to pursue further each and every day, but also what's important to me.
Rebecca will be attending Wheaton College in Massachusetts in the fall of 2022. While she does not know exactly what she wishes to study, Rebecca is interested in pursuing French, English, international relations, and the humanities.
ROBIN MILLER • Harvard
When Robin discovered that some food pantry clients were unable to cook the food they receive because they live in a hotel and had access to only a microwave, she created a microwave recipe cookbook, using many of the food items received from the pantry. She researched, created, practiced, and edited recipes, formulating them into a simple cookbook complete with photos. She purchased 35 microwave-safe containers for the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry and donated them along with 100 printed copies of the finished cookbook.
Being a Girl Scout means sticking up for a cause that matters to you. Over the years, Girl Scouting has been a place to conquer fears and try new things.
Robin is newly enrolled at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, for the fall of 2022. She enjoys studying French, History, and English but is currently undecided on a major.
HARSHADA NAGARAJAN • Westborough
Harshada addressed food insecurity in her community and presented on world hunger virtually during the pandemic lockdown. She was able to grow a successful vegetable garden, and harvest and donate over 80 pounds of beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, chili peppers, eggplant, and brussels sprouts to her local food pantry throughout the summer of her project. She found an enthusiastic troop of younger Girl Scouts and passed down her garden to them after teaching them what she learned in the process. She presented on the effects of gardening to reduce hunger via online platforms and recorded her presentation so it could air on her local cable access TV station.
Girl Scouts means I will always serve my community. I have learned the value in giving back, and it makes me feel better about myself. Girl Scouts not only teaches how to give back to the community, but also how to be strong independent future leaders of the world. If I am able to stand confidently here today it is because of the values Girl Scouts taught me.
Harshada attends the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she double majors in biology and psychology on the pre-med track. She aspires to go to medical school to become a pediatrician.
KATHERINE NOROIAN • Worcester
Katherine built pollinator gardens and educated her community on pollinators and how to help them. She built a large garden at the Community Harvest Project farm in North Grafton, complete with an informational sign about the plants used and why it's important to protect pollinators. Using perennial plants, her garden will continue to grow each year. Pamphlets about how to build pollinator gardens were distributed to the Worcester Public Library system.
Girl Scouting has given me the opportunity to make change in my community. It has helped me develop the voice to spread the word about issues that are important to me.
Kate will be attending Clark University, majoring in environmental science.
MOLLY NORTHRUP • Westborough
Molly created Clubpedia, a comprehensive school clubs and activities website with detailed information on every school club and resources for prospective and current club members. Clubpedia is now the sole club resource at Westborough High School, encompassing all 50 WHS clubs with students, teachers, and parents using it daily.
Girl Scouting is a lifestyle of adding value to everything you do.
Molly will be joining the Mount Holyoke College Class of 2022 in the fall, where they plan to major in sociology.
PRANITHA KALA POLAVARAPU • Northborough
The effect of a global pandemic inspired Pranitha to teach about global crises. She designed a curriculum that would not only raise awareness of humanitarian issues but also inspire future scholars to research on their own and become global citizens. As a student herself, she enlisted the help of an organization of experts and professors and used her opportunities to amplify their voices. She taught her curruculum to middle school students and hosted a webinar for her community so that the general public could learn more about the Yemen crisis.
Girl Scouts supports not only the big efforts of change but encourages the smaller acts of kindness and humanity.
Pranitha is currently enrolled at the University of Rochester, double-majoring in neuroscience and business. She is on the pre-med track and aspires to work as a doctor in the future.
OLIVIA RICE • Westborough
Olivia brought free introductory lessons on musical theater to children in her town. She held free workshops where she taught beginner lessons on musical theater then worked with her town’s local TV station to make a video promoting the importance of arts education for children. To sustain her project, she partnered with the local children's theater company, Skyrise, which will continue her project by holding workshops taught by former students as a way for them to give back and allow the programs to stay free and financially accessible.
Over the years, Girl Scouts has instilled in me a strong work ethic that pushes me to confront challenges head on.
Olivia will be attending DePaul University for a BFA in Theater Arts.
SOPHIE SCERBIN • Westborough
Sophie’s project addressed the issue of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it affected learning in younger children. She created an activity booklet that families could use on local trails to get out of the house and stay socially distant while still enjoying being with others. The booklet incorporated engaging activities and touched on both life skills and trail etiquette. Sophie partnered with Westborough Community Land Trust to promote her program and made the booklet available through their website. She also provided copies at the Westborough Public Library for those who don’t have access to a computer.
Girl Scouting to me means a safe space to grow and develop as a person, friend, and leader.
Sophie will attend Roger Williams University in the fall of 2022 where she plans to major in marketing and a double minor in psychology and data analytics. She will also be playing Divison 3 soccer.
BRIENNE SENEZ • Southwick
When Brie was learning American Sign Language (ASL) and learning about the communication barriers between the deaf community and hearing community, she knew she wanted to do something to bridge some of those barriers. Working with her high school’s principal and teachers, she drafted a curriculum and launched the American Sign Language Club at her high school. She signed up new members, elected club officers, and hosted biweekly after-school meetings for 7th through grade 12th students and teachers to learn ASL. The club will elect a new president when Brie graduates and heads off to college.
Girl Scouts means you have a group of amazing girls to work with. Recognizing unique individuals who all want to learn how to be a leader and make the world a better place for other people.
Brie will attend Holyoke Community College, Foundations of Health program in the fall of 2022 with plans to apply to the Veterinarian Technician program thereafter.
JADE ST. ONGE • Grafton
Jade is doing her part to keep oceans healthy through education and prevention. She installed seven fishing line receptacles where fishermen dispose of their used fishing line. The receptacles are made from PVP piping and are posted on popular fishing locations in Dennis, Yarmouth, and Chatham on Cape Cod. The collected fishing line is recycled, in turn keeping our environment safe.
Girl Scouts has shaped me into a responsible women who knows I can conquer anything I put my mind to.
Jade is enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as a biology major. She plans to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.
KYLEE TEIXEIRA • Monson
Kylee created grab-and-go gardening kits and distributed them to families with limited access to healthy food. The kits contained everything needed to successfully grow food from your window sill, including soil (with compost from Kylee's own composting system at home), DIY watering cans made from recycled plastic soda bottles, seeds for cherry tomatoes, Romeo carrots, lettuce, pots, and a booklet of gardening directions in both English and Spanish.
Girl Scouts means that I have learned skills and gained experience that have helped me challenge convention and become a force to be reckoned with.
Kylee currently attends the University of Massachusetts Amherst as a biochemistry and molecular biology major. She aspires to go to medical school after her time at UMass and fulfill a lifelong dream.
ARIANNA THORNTON • Harvard
Arianna used her Gold Award to raise awareness about the growing effects of climate change and promote sustainability in her town. She worked to create communication channels between the recently-formed Community Resiliency Working Group (CRWG), a committee that advocates for sustainability to local government, and the public. She created a website, Facebook page, and Instagram account for the group and helped plan several educational outreach events. Since she completed her project, the CRWG has gained recognition within the town government and now operates as a standing committee. It continues to use the platforms set up by Arianna to communicate with the public and promote educational events.
Girl Scouts gives me a chance to interact with my community in a way that I wouldn't normally. In many instances, I get to meet the people behind the scenes, who make my community what it is. Through my Gold Award I learned that the most effective way to change the behavior of a community is to work directly with policymakers. Civics is tied to everything.
SPANDANA VAGWALA • Grafton
After watching the news and keeping up with daily news articles following George Floyd's murder, Spandana wanted to find ways to help combat racism in her own communities. Spandana organized her Gold Award within 2 clubs at her school to increase conversation about racism and equip herself and her peers with the confidence, knowledge, and skills to start conversations with those around us about racism. Through various media forms such as movies, podcasts, music, Ted Talks, and books, Spandana and students who participated in Let's Talk About Race learned about racial experiences from different time periods and demographics. After each meeting time, Spandana and students had circle discussions about the content and branched into larger conversations about modern day events.
Growing up in Girl Scouting helped me develop the leadership skills to gather a community under a uniting cause. After realizing the importance of raw dialogue in combating racism, skills that Girl Scouts has helped me develop led me to take action in Let's Talk About Race.
Spandana will be attending Duke University this fall and plans to double major in political science and public policy and minor in Spanish.
Troop #64528: Mendon, Upton
Lyla Hill, Kate McCobb, Maya Evelyn Williamson
The Soul Fuel Café in town didn’t have allergy-free options available and Lyla, Kate, and Maya set out to change that! They worked with a professional chef to develop and test baked good recipes that are gluten, dairy, and nut free that the café could include as menu options. They donated an allergy-free portable kitchen, including a mini oven, all utensils, and accessories, as well as created an instructional video and held an in-person baking class for the café’s bakers to ensure these options remain available. They also created a webpage that lives on the Soul Fuel Café’s website, which includes allergy-free health information, recipes, a survey, and photos. Lyla, Kate, and Maya learned that time management can be challenging and developed a love of baking.
Troop #30853: Cherry Valley, Leicester
Natalia Kallio, Isabella LePoer, Hannah Martin, Dakota Zinkevich
Natalia, Isabella, Hannah, and Dakota created a dog park in their town as a safe space for dogs to play and their pet owners to socialize. They built equipment, designed and acquired signage, and beautified the park with flowers. To help promote the new dog park, they held a photo booth at the town’s harvest fair where people could take pictures with their pets and started a Bark Park Facebook page before turning the park over to a Bark Park Committee to care for the park moving forward. Natalia, Isabella, Hannah, and Dakota learned how to better communicate with governmental officials in their town and amongst themselves.
Troop #40487: Easthampton
Learning that the bat population in her area is decreasing and that bats are important for pollinating plants and controlling the mosquito and tick populations, Brianna decided to educate the community about the bat problem. She created a website with information about bats, the importance of controlling the number of insects that can spread communicable diseases, and how to build bat houses to increase their population. She built and installed bat boxes at Nonotuck Park, advertising her educational website using QR codes on the boxes. Brianna discovered that even though things don’t always go as planned, there’s always an opportunity to go back to the drawing board and regroup.
Troop #30502: Sterling
Ever since Emma was in elementary school, she has had to stand while waiting for the bus to come and noticed how dangerous it is when others sit on the curb. She created a safe space for children and parents to sit while waiting for the bus. She made a pamphlet to educate, encourage, and inspire the students to do the right thing and stay safe while they are waiting for the bus, which she distributed to the Evergreen Circle families and the bus company. Emma discovered that she loves helping her community and learned how to make good decisions.
Troop #64528: Upton
Emerson Boissonneault, Ella Martin
Emerson and Ella honored those who have passed away fighting cancer and those who are battling cancer in their community by installing a Cancer Awareness Memorial at the Upton Fire Station. To increase cancer awareness and community involvement, they held an event during Upton’s Heritage Day and invited members of the community to paint rocks with the names of loved ones who had passed or who are battling cancer and added them to the landscape of the memorial. The memorial started out honoring firefighters because of their increased exposure to many cancercausing carcinogens while fighting fires but ended up honoring the entire community. Emerson and Ella learned how to use a sawmill, as well as developed communication, time management, and budgeting skills.
Troop #30502: Sterling
Alicia Contreras, Kaelyn Perry, Maria Petronino
After being in school for four years and not understanding the process of checking out a book from the library, Alicia, Kaelyn, and Maria decided to reorganize and update their library. After surveying all of the students, they added new books and removed older books based on the results of the survey; this survey will be used yearly to keep the selection current and relevant. They then created a video educating the students on how to navigate the newly remodeled library and how to check out a book that the school will use for years to come. Alicia, Kaelyn, and Maria learned the importance of time management and not waiting for the deadline to get work done.
Troop #30993: Shrewsbury
Claire observed the amount of food that was being wasted every day by the students in the school cafeteria and decided to do something about it. She created a slideshow and signs that she brought into the 3rd-grade class to educate them on composting, and began a composting project at Paton School complete with the building of a compost bin. She further educated the community on the benefits of composting by setting up a table at two farmers’ markets and building an additional seven compost bins for members of the community. Claire is now more comfortable writing emails, talking to adults, and has learned the importance of making plans early.
Troop #11106: Northborough
While planting flags on Memorial Day, Lana heard a comment about how dirty the gravestones were, and how they deserved a little respect, and knew right away what she wanted to do to earn her Silver Award. After researching the proper way to clean the stones and the best materials to use, she hosted a scrubbing party and got to work. She created an instructional pamphlet including why it’s important to maintain the gravestones, what she did to restore them, instructions on how to clean them, and information about some of the people who are buried in the cemetery that she distributed to the First Parish Universalist Unitarian Church, Trinity Church, and the Historical Society of Northborough. Lana discovered that she gained better situational skills and developed more confidence in herself when asking people of authority for help.
Troop #64587: Wilbraham
Allison hiked the entirety of the White Cedar Swamp and McDonald Nature Preserve to map out the trails and record information like steps, miles, and the amount of time it took to hike each trail as well as health information for hikers. She made and installed two “Take a Rock, Leave a Rock” boxes at each of the trailheads to provide an interactive element for hikers and their families. She made a video that informs the community about the map and the rock boxes on the town’s trails, which are connected to Wilbraham Middle School. Allison developed her leadership skills by taking on the responsibility of organizing her project with her team members.
Troop #64510: Fiskdale
After seeing that the Sturbridge Trails Committee was looking for ways to bring in more visitors to the trails, Avery decided to take her love of reading and get creative. She designed a StoryWalk throughout the trails at Heins Farm using the book by Kobi Yamada, Maybe, and created a scavenger hunt with a QR code for children to complete as they read the book. She worked with the Joshua Hyde Library to ensure that the StoryWalk program continues with the Summer Reading program. Avery learned that it is important to collaborate with others.
Troop #30760: Lancaster
Learning to pivot during COVID was something Melanie wasn’t expecting when she began her Silver Award project but soon learned that sometimes, change opens the door to better options. When children go to the UMass Memorial Emergency Room and need to wait, they often get bored and this can lead to more stress. She formed a team and put together colorful individual bags filled with mini coloring books, game books, crayons, materials for small crafts, and activity pads that are being used when children check into the ER. She provided how-to instructions and supplies to the ER and posted about the need for these activities to help others continue to supply the ER in the future. Melanie learned that if something doesn’t end up working out, she just needs to find another way to make it happen.
Troop #40487: Southwick
When puppies don’t receive the proper training and socialization, they can become adult dogs who act out when in the community. Ruby observed multiple obedience classes and worked with an obedience trainer to put together an educational tri-fold to be used during her presentation at the Labrador Retriever Club of Pioneer Valley Well Dog Clinic for breeders across New England. She built a teeterboard for the Sandy Meadow Farm Dog Obedience School to be used in puppy classes to help with socialization for years to come. Ruby learned that she has the tendency to think about giving up too easily, but that through hard work she has the strength to push herself and finish what she started.
Troop #66271: Hudson
Kristin M. Borella
The entrance to Hudson High School was not looking as inviting as it did when her grandfather opened the school many years prior and Kristin wanted to change that. Working with a local landscaping company and a very hands-on team, she began planning the new entrance to the school and the garden renovation. She made a presentation to the Rotary Club of Marlboro and secured ongoing maintenance from the Hudson Garden Club and a Hudson High School club. Kristin learned that a “project” by definition is a collaboration of people and activities to achieve a particular goal and that she definitely has a village of extremely dedicated people.
Troop #64587: Wilbraham
There was no usable map for the McDonald Preserve or Cedar Swamp as Charlotte found out during the pandemic when she made her way through the trails with trial and error. With the help of a local designer, she designed a map for the entire preserve with helpful information about hiking, a QR code that links to the website, and built a kiosk made out of all recycled materials. She partnered with the Open Space Committee to maintain the kiosk and update the map as needed with the digital map she provided and held a community hiking event. Charlotte discovered that sometimes she just has to do something when she knows she can do it, despite the doubts of others.
Troop #11572: Bolton
Emily Beyranevand, Abigail Fantana, Allison Mortimer
The girls of Troop #11572 volunteered at the Stow Food Pantry and learned that the patrons of the pantry needed to learn more ways to use the food that they were receiving from the pantry. After asking the community for low-cost healthy recipes, they made the recipes, tested them, made adjustments to them, and took photos of the food. They created and printed 100 cookbooks that were distributed to the pantry’s patrons; they also provided a digital copy to the pantry. Emily, Abigail, and Allison learned how to plan a long-term project and that communication is key to making things happen.
Troop #30760: Lancaster
To raise awareness of a local shelter and the lack of reading materials there, Sarah used her love of reading to host a bilingual story hour at the Thayer Memorial Library and created a brochure to further educate the community. She created a library at the homeless shelter with over 400 donated books in excellent condition from various genres for young children to teenagers. She contacted all local libraries to encourage them to donate extra books to the shelter after their annual library book sales to keep the selection new and current. Sarah learned how to work with others to organize events and that her organizational skills helped her accomplish her goals.
Troop #11087: Shrewsbury
Marina noticed that most toy drives around the holidays were only aimed toward giving gifts to young underprivileged children. She decided that the teens in her community should have the same opportunity and worked with her school to hold the first teen toy drive to benefit the Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services. Her project will continue yearly with Special Ed and Student Council students facilitating the drive. Marina discovered that she can lead and direct attention to issues that are important to her and that she can accomplish a lot if she works hard and doesn't give up.
Troop #40487: Southampton
Creating a website with information geared specifically toward children that would help families to safely learn many different outdoor cooking methods, give kid-friendly recipes for each method, and emphasize safety considerations for each method was the focus of Lauren’s Silver Award efforts. After creating two surveys, one for the general public and one for Girl Scout and Boy Scout troop leaders, she received nearly 1,000 responses and was able to gauge the interest and need of the website she wanted to create, and received additional suggestions on what to include like fire building, food storage, and Leave No Trace. She shared her website on many online pages and to all of those who responded to her survey. Lauren learned that it’s okay if things don’t work out and she needs to start over; sometimes the second start is the one that is successful.
Troop #12652: Hadley
Elizabeth planted a garden in the Hopkins Academy School courtyard made entirely of Massachusetts native perennials, complete with a bench and a pollinator sign. She wanted to ensure that Hopkins played an active role in Hadley’s biodiversity and environment, educate the students and community about ecology and the environment, and provide a lively, uplifting outdoor space for students. Information about the garden is available in the school superintendent newsletter and on multiple school-affiliated Facebook pages. It has become part of the school’s lesson plans about pollinators, native plants, and biodiversity and the Garden Club will continue to educate students and maintain the garden. Elizabeth learned to be the kind of leader she would want to have, even if it seemed difficult and would take a lot of work.
Troop #64510: Fiskdale
Alana’s love of flowers and how they help the environment was an easy match when the recreation director from the Town of Sturbridge Recreation Department reached out with the need to beautify an area of Sturbridge land. After getting the approval of the town board, she was provided the plot and budget to work with, and designed and installed a raised pollinator garden with a bench in the area of the Cedar Pond Recreation grounds. The Town of Sturbridge Recreation Department will manage the upkeep of the flowers in the garden. Alana discovered that she has very good critical and problem-solving skills and that she can be patient and assertive.
Troop #30930: Shrewsbury
Amy He, Meena Lakshmanan, Aarya Patel, Shruti Sivashankar
Amy, Meena, Aarya, and Shruti discovered that their town lacked flower gardens with native plants that could help local pollinators thrive and reproduce, and focused their project on establishing a pollinator garden in their town park with plants native to our area. Their project addressed the decline and importance of pollinators, especially to the families who walk on the trails near the garden. They established a website to educate and encourage their community to plant more gardens with native plants or to add more native plants to their existing gardens. Amy, Meena, Aarya, and Shruti learned how to prepare a plot of land into an ideal area for plants to live in and how to make the garden look aesthetically pleasing and informative.
Troop #30993: Shrewsbury
Wanting to bring awareness to the LGBTQ+ teen community of the available resources in the library and a safe space to explore, Kaitlyn’s project first raised the funds to purchase new materials to add to the library. She educated the public about the resources through informational posters put up at the library, the local farmers’ market, the community bulletin, the school announcement board, and Facebook postings. She held group reading opportunities for teens at the library where they read a book by Michael Bronshi, A Queer History of the United States for Young People, and held open conversations about the accomplishments and contributions of the LQBTQ+ community. Kaitlyn learned that if she believes something strongly enough, nothing can stop her.
Troop #64526: Brookfield, East Brookfield
Lillian Egan, Megan Holm, Alison Regan
The girls of Troop #64526 wanted to beautify the pavilion and snack shack at their local recreation and sports park to make it more inviting and cheerful to the community. They sanded and stained the tables in the pavilion, restained the pavilion’s back wall to cover up graffiti, and gave the snack shack a new blue base coat of paint. They then painted murals on all four sides of the snack shack, inviting the community to join them in painting the Community Garden Handprint mural together. Lillian, Megan, and Alison felt like they were part of something bigger when the community participated in their project.
Troop #34015: Pepperell
The goals of Elisea’s project were to create a place for her community to be able to spend time and enjoy the outdoors, to create a better environment for the ecosystem, and to increase the biodiversity. Coordinating with the local Invasive and Native Plants Committee (INPAC), she made a permanent change to reduce the number of invasive plants within the Keyes-Parker Conservation area and replaced them with native plants, trees, and shrubs. These new plantings will continue to improve the biodiversity, soil, and watershed potential, give the local community a space to enjoy, and the wildlife will be able to thrive and exist there. Elisea discovered that she was able to plan the project and put it into action and that she really enjoys planting and caring for them.
Troop #11122: Amherst
Hattie Holabird, Leah Mendelsohn, Eden Polak
When Hattie, Leah, and Eden spoke to the facility manager of Camp Lewis Perkins to find out what needs the camp had, they soon found out that the wetlands stood in the way of there being functional trails on Hill Top Trail. They designed and constructed 12 bridges across the wetlands, opening the trails up for hiking again to all future campers. Working with the site volunteer and facility manager, the girls found the right materials, built the bridges using power tools, and carried them out to the trail to install them. They made posters about their project to educate and encourage future hikers to use the reclaimed nature trails. Hattie, Leah, and Eden learned to be flexible, know their strengths, and when to use them, but also know when to listen.
Troop #11122: Amherst
Charlie Hope, Evelyn Hope, Milo Osborne
Being seasoned and frequent campers at Camp Lewis Perkins, Charlie, Evelyn, and Milo knew they wanted to benefit the camp and the Girl Scout community with their Silver Award project. They walked the trails at CLP and saw that the signs on all of the trails were cracked, had fallen down, or were severely faded and decided to replace the signs and make the trails safer and easier to follow. The signs they created are easier to see with bright colors and are made with quality materials and are waterproofed to last for many years. Charlie, Evelyn, and Milo learned to work as a team, even when they were hot and tired, and to never give up and work hard for the things that matter.
Independently Registered Girl: Rochdale
Discovering in middle school that there wasn’t a lot of representation and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community, McKenzie wanted to create a safe space for teens to be themselves. Holding two Gay-Straight Alliance meetings at the public library was the first step, followed by putting together a list of books regarding mental health and the LGBTQ+ community and holding a book drive to acquire these books were the next steps. A permanent shelf was dedicated to LQBTQ+ tweens and teens at the Leicester Public Library and an invitation went out to middle and high school students to visit the library and learn about representation in the community, and see the nearly 100 new books. McKenzie learned how to connect to people and that being a proud ally and not being afraid to speak up can inspire others to help the cause.
Troop #40160: Hampden
Juliet Danehey, Maya M. Marquez, Katie Pronovost, Yazmin Tafolla-Chapin
The team from Troop #40160 hosted an event for elementary school-aged children at the Hampden Public Library to teach them the importance of saving our planet and to show them ways that kids can take action to reduce their carbon footprint. At the end of the event, they donated educational materials, books, activity sheets, and games made from recycled materials to the Hampden Public Library that can be used to celebrate Earth Day each year going forward. As part of their program, they set up a display table with resources and books and took a tour of the library to show the participants the newly installed hand dryers that another team from their troop did as their Silver Award project. Juliet, Maya, Katie, and Yazmin learned the importance of saving OUR planet together and enjoyed the challenge of teaching this to young children.
Troop #12652: Amherst
Lindsay’s goal for her Silver Award project was to make it easier for the MN Spear Library community to access books in a format that was visual and easy to access, and to contribute toward activities that the library could provide to children. She created online padlets of various genres of books, such as graphic novels and kids’ chapter books, and made activity kits to help inspire kids to have fun being creative that families could take home and work on together. The padlets and activity kits will be kept and maintained by the library. Lindsay learned that she had to be flexible to complete her project and that earning her Silver Award can lead to other opportunities.
Troop #20088: Westborough
Prisha realized that there is a shortage of basic necessities to live a healthy and hygienic life available to people in need and created “The Essentials Cabinet” at the Westborough Public Library. She spent 10 weeks at the local farmers’ market educating the community about this need, not only in her community but worldwide, with a presentation and board display. She has ensured the sustainability of her project by creating an informational video and connecting with the Westborough Public Library’s youth volunteer group, WAVE, who will rotate shifts taking care of the cabinet. Prisha learned that she needs to be firm when leading a project and how to ask for help when she needs it.
Troop #30502: Sterling
Mattea Morini, Maren Paquette, Hannah Rausch, Alyssa Trombley
When the local sports field had to shut down because of the potential of mosquito-borne viruses being present, Mattea, Maren, Hannah, and Alyssa decided to tackle this issue by helping to increase the bat population on the fields. Working with their science teacher and getting approvals from the Sterling selectpeople, they decided that constructing and building bat houses on the fields would make the biggest impact. They created a slideshow to help educate the community, posted it on YouTube, included instructions on how to build bat houses, and worked with the middle school’s Conservation Club to maintain the houses. Mattea, Maren, Hannah, and Alyssa learned that things go a lot smoother when they communicate not only their ideas but their concerns as well.
Troop #11706: Holden
Eleanor Curran, Constance Currier, Lila Myers, Kaylee Scanlon
Eleanor, Constance, Lila, and Kaylee cleared a 200-foot-long nature path through a section of wood at the Holden Community Garden and lined the path with rocks and branches to make the path clear and easy to follow, using pavers and small stones to finish it. They worked with a Daisy troop to paint puns and jokes on the rocks to make the path more enjoyable and invited the Davis Hill Elementary School students to use the path. Eleanor, Constance, Lila, and Kaylee learned that they do not need to figure things out on their own and that they can depend on their peers to help out.
Troop #20400: Holden
Alison Grady, Carolina Hamburger Medailleu
Alison and Carolina are both very passionate about mental health awareness and wanted to share that passion with their community by creating a picture book about mental health in children titled, There Is So Much More To Me Than What You See, using characters to show mental health in its many forms, and the coping mechanisms used to help them through their challenges. They printed their book and the book has been cataloged in the Gale Free Library for children to access. They prepared a presentation in the library for Mental Health May, displayed their book for the month, and read the book to a group of preschool students. Alison and Carolina learned the importance of destigmatizing mental health challenges and the impact that stories can have to make someone an empathetic person.
Troop #11582: Uxbridge
Rory wanted to get her church community more involved in the parish’s faith formation program after COVID and get the community back together. She developed Halloween-type activities based around the saints that were offered in six different rooms at The Catholic Community of Sacred Heart that the church parishioners could participate in. She set up a volunteer system to get volunteers to help decorate the rooms and run the children’s activities and created a lesson plan so the church can make this an annual event. Rory learned a lot about time management and the importance of getting things done on time.
Troop #12960: Easthampton, Westfield
Katie Hinkle, Maddie Timmerman
Katie and Maddie created and then placed several cat boxes outside in their community to keep feral cats warm and to provide them with a safe place to have kittens. This work was done with the Homeless Cat Project, which then will take care of the cats and kittens. The girls made an educational video to educate the public about the feral cat population and the needs of area shelters, and a video about the Homeless Cat Project itself and the trap and release program. These videos can now be found on multiple shelter and community websites. Katie and Maddie learned that they are capable of helping their community and impacting the feral cat population.
Troop #64556: East Longmeadow
Susannah made and decorated two wooden benches that were installed at the Birchland Park Middle School, and dedicated them to the LGBT+ community in her town. She created a slideshow that was presented to the school committee that has over 180 views, and made morning announcements at the school about the benches and bringing awareness to the LGBT+ community. Susannah learned that in order to reach your goal, you have to keep asking and continue moving one step at a time.
Troop #11784: Holden
Alexandra Belliveau, Molly Ellis, Abigail Flournoy
Alexandra, Molly, and Abigail led a homelessness awareness campaign at their school with posters, flyers, and morning announcements. They developed a collection program within their communities and supplied Veterans Inc. and Walking Together with Blessing Bags containing necessity items for those in need, which will continue through the Jewish Community Center and Immanuel Lutheran Church. The girls learned that by working together as a team they could accomplish a lot more and that communication is key.
Troop #30622: Millbury, North Oxford, Worcester
Ayden Blanchette, Savannah Cioppa, Julia Merriam, Allison Ulfves
The girls of Troop #30622 held two very successful holiday programs for the communities that Pernet Family Health Services provides for. They established a process and procedure for securing donations, volunteers, and funding so that these programs will be able to continue yearly and provide non-emergency resources to the families of this community. Ayden, Savannah, Julia, and Allison learned that they enjoy working with younger children, how to work as a team, and the importance of organizing to accomplish your goals.
Troop #Juliette: Athol
Allison constructed over 30 birdhouses that were placed along a new birdwatcher hiking trail that is located within the Cutthroat Brook Tree Farm in Athol and placed placards containing information about the birds along the trail to educate visitors to the trail. She held multiple guided tours through the birdhouse loop for her community. Allison learned that you have to speak up a little when things get chaotic and step up to the plate.
Troop #11242: Conway
Mary Burt, Hannah Davis, Caroline Makosiej, Lilly Novak
Mary, Hannah, Caroline, and Lilly sewed care bags that were then filled with personal hygiene products for members of their community who were displaced from their homes due to safety concerns. The care bags were then provided to the Conway Fire Department, Police Department, and NELCWIT. There is now an ongoing collection bin in the Conway Town Hall and supplies are available for other Girl Scout troops to continue providing care bags to the community. The girls learned that you have to be persistent and keep trying to get the results you are looking for.
Troop #12808: Longmeadow
Rayna Gross, Abigail Richard
Rayna and Abby educated their community on the importance of composting by creating a video on tips and tricks, how to compost, and why it’s important, that now lives on the Longmeadow Department of Public Works’ website. They held an in-person workshop teaching their community about the importance of composting where attendees learned how to begin composting on their own to get people started with their compost bins. Rayna and Abby learned how to work collaboratively to accomplish a common goal that they were both vested in.
Troop #12808: Longmeadow
Maia Oh, Julianna Quinlan, Trevi Sandberg
Maia, Julianna, and Trevi worked with the town of Longmeadow to purchase and install a dog waste stand at Bliss Park to keep the park clean for dog walkers and hikers. They held a community dog-walking event to introduce the new stand to the town. Maia, Julianna, and Trevi learned the value of persistence, and problem-solving skills, and that there are a lot of layers when working within the town government.
Troop #64773: Westborough
Meredith built and installed a buddy bench at Hastings Elementary School and had the students decorate the new bench. She created pamphlets and a video presentation that will be shown to students yearly about the proper use and value of the buddy bench. Meredith discovered she is skilled in the use of power tools and developed her communication skills.
Troop #11914: Hadley
Elena Conklin, Ruby Pfeiffer
Elena and Ruby developed a project booklet consisting of self-care tips, ideas about caring for ourselves while exercising, and the benefits of hiking that was made available online and in print at the town's Parks and Recreation Department and library. They created a letterbox on Mitch's Way to inspire children in kindergarten through grade six to get outside and do something active. Elena and Ruby learned that having a backup plan is always helpful because things don't always go the way you planned them.
Troop #330838 Millville, Uxbridge
Rachel Coleman, Karley Petion
Needing to do more than just a pet needs drive, Rachel and Karley built benches for the playroom at Pawfect Life Rescue. They educated the community about the needs of the rescue center by creating a flyer, posting on social media, and had stickers made promoting the center's rescue efforts. Rachel and Karley learned the importance of project management and that compromising can sometimes be difficult.
Troop #Juliette: Holden
Erin developed a book club that met weekly to talk about the book I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifrenka and Martin Ganda. Members of the book club participated weekly in slideshow presentations, answered questions about the book, listened to guest speakers to learn about the cultures of Africa and Ghana, and wrote weekly to their global pen pals. Erin discovered that she can make a huge impact on the world just by leading the way and found a new sense of responsibility for global awareness.
Troop #30123: Ashburnham
Working with several funeral homes and long-time Girl Scout volunteers, Skyler created a resource booklet for families to use when their Girl Scout passes away that honors their loved one's Girl Scout service. Her booklet was printed and distributed to multiple funeral homes covering over 10 communities. Skyler learned that it felt pretty good to create something that would be so helpful for others and that she will not procrastinate on future projects.
Troop #30838: Uxbridge
Julia created an informational video for World Rhino Day for Southwick’s Zoo and held an educational tabling event to raise awareness about rhino conservation and poaching. She also created an informational video that is now part of the permanent display at the rhino habitat at the zoo as part of their interactive kiosk. Julia learned how to interact with people and that she had to be more outgoing and social to be able to educate others.
Troop #12635: Agawam, Springfield
Lauren Carrasquillo, Gabriella Carrasquillo, Kathryn Clark, Abigail Gil
The girls of Troop #12635 educated their middle school and a group of students at Springfield College on the effects of vaping on the body and mind. The girls conducted a pre-survey to assess prior knowledge, created a bulletin board and presentation to educate their audiences, and administered a post-survey to assess what their audience learned about the risks of vaping. Lauren, Gabriella, Kathryn, and Abigail learned how to collaborate, listen to each other, and that persistence gets the job done.
Troop #11942: Worcester
Addison held knitting lessons for the girls in her troop and at the Burncoat Center for Arts and Wellness, where she then donated the scarves they made to Abby's House. She created an instructional video and flyer to continue to educate others on how to knit scarves and to encourage donations. Addison discovered that she has a natural teaching ability and the ability to change her teaching style with different students.
Troop #30123: Ashburnham
Georgia worked with the Ashburnham Police Department to hold a community Kid's Safety Day to teach children and adults about internet safety, including stations on oversharing, thank you cards for first responders, and Kids Safety Kits. The school resource officer will continue the Kids Safety Kits during open house nights at the school and a display has been installed in the Public Safety Building thanking first responders. Georgia learned that even though there were a lot of decisions to be made and a lot of roadblocks, with a lot of hard work, she held a successful event that she is very proud of.
Troop #11900: Douglas
Michaela Boulette, Kaylie Ciccone
Michaela and Kaylie worked with Dog Orphans and created videos and a Facebook page to educate the public on how to make healthy homemade dog treats and dog toys for their furry friends. The girls held a car wash to increase the awareness of Dog Orphans' needs, and the needs of their dogs looking for furever homes and passed out educational dog facts coloring sheets to children as well as homemade healthy dog treats. Michaela and Kaylie's confidence in speaking to people grew throughout their project and learned that hard work and determination result in positive outcomes.
Troop #12948: South Hadley
Nora Matzen, Zoey Mordecai
Nora and Zoey worked with their local Council on Aging and various children's organizations to deliver handmade children's cards to the senior citizens in their community. They installed handmade letter drop boxes at four different children's organizations, hosted a kick-off event at their local library, and enlisted the commitment of the organizations to continue holding card drives in the future, including an in-class card making craft activity as part of the curriculum at the elementary school three times a year. Nora and Zoey discovered the importance of to-do lists and planning, and that it is important to set boundaries with your time and to effectively manage them.
Troop #30239: Rutland
Abigail Bouley, Emily Ryan
Abigail and Emily created allergy awareness school displays and posters throughout their school and community. They wrote and published a book called, Living with Food Allergies, and donated copies to multiple school libraries, as well as the town library. Abigail and Emily discovered that they work best with other people and writing a book is a lot of work.
Troop #11675: Northborough
Paneet Kandola, Isabella Thompson
Paneet and Isabella designed and planted a perennial community garden for the Northborough Senior Center, including pollinator-friendly flowers for the butterflies and bees. They designed and developed a self-watering system for the eight different planters. Paneet and Isabella learned that they are good at collaborating and working as a team.
Troop #64773: Westborough
Mary Durnan, Annastasia LeLacheur
Mary and Annastasia built two picnic tables for the pavilion at Bowman Conservation Area in Westborough, which increased the number of people using the pavilion and outdoor space. The girls made a presentation to fellow Girl Scouts about their project to help inspire other girls to strive for the Silver Award. Mary and Annastasia discovered they had strength in leading people, problem-solving, and developed other skills by stepping out of their comfort zones.
Troop #30652: Northborough
Niko educated the community on the importance of wearing masks with posters and stickers, and by setting up a donation area in a local store. She taught a team to sew the masks, created a slideshow to teach others, and donated over 500 masks with handmade cards attached to her local food pantry, Nativity Preschool, and Lowe's Variety. Niko learned how important communication is and how to do market research.
Troop #11947: Athol, Orange
Mackenzie Downing, Arabella Malo
Mackenzie and Arabella educated their local community about the importance of protecting pollinators by hosting three informational booths at town fairs that had games, arts and crafts, informational handouts, seed bombs, and three raffles for pollinator stations. They created a YouTube channel with instructional videos on how to make butterfly houses, bee water stations, and bee houses as well as an informational video on how to protect pollinators. Mackenzie and Arabella learned that they are comfortable talking with people and sharing information with them and that they could truly make an impact.
Troop #30216: Grafton, South Grafton
Claire Bresnahan, Tessa Cacciapouti, Ava Walker
Claire, Tessa, and Ava repainted the faded recess lines at South Grafton Elementary School. Based on the results of a school-wide survey, the girls also created 10 STEAM Kits to be used in the classroom by teachers, a STEAM Kit refill bin, and indoor and outdoor recess activity kits. Claire, Tessa, and Ava learned that helping people feels really good and that if you need the help of the community, all you have to do is ask.
Troop #11809: Gardner, Hubbardston
Brielle Goodwin, Isabel LaBelle, Olivia Plouffe
Brielle, Isabel, and Olivia educated the public about the importance of increasing the bat population and the dangers of mosquitos at can drives, lemonade stands, and with a poster campaign. The girls built six bat houses and hung them at their local walking path at the recreational field to help control the mosquito population. Brielle, Isabel, and Olivia learned that they can overcome their fears and that they were more confident than they realized.
Troop #40160: Florence, Hampden, Wilbraham
Giana Hall, Olivia Marquez, Antonia Mascaro, Amelia Persaud
The girls of Troop #40160 earned enough funds to install and maintain hand dryers in the Hampden Town Hall, reducing the waste of paper towels in their landfill. They created a presentation that was livestreamed to their community about reducing our carbon footprint and wrote an article for Hampden Times. Giana, Olivia, Antonia, and Amelia learned that if they put enough effort and time into something, they can truly impact their community and the world.
Troop #12806: Mendon
Kayla Aubut, Sophia Blalock, Bridget Klupa, Eliza Kurze
The girls of Troop #12806 ran an awareness campaign about the need to lower mosquito born illnesses in their community that was under a Triple E threat. They created fliers that were put up around town, at their library, and the town hall as well as an informational video that was shared on social networks. The girls planted flowers that attract dragonflies and hung bat boxes up around town. Kayla, Sophia, Bridget and Eliza learned it is important to take the lead and that there are no small parts to any big project.
Troop #65186: Holden
Gemma Paolilli, Katherine Simmons, Lily Tremblay
At a town-wide event, Gemma, Katherine, and Lily educated the community on the endangered status of the Monarch butterfly and inspired the participants to create their own milkweed gardens. The girls installed a perennial garden at Eagle Lake, complete with a puddler, bench, and educational signs on the life of a Monarch butterfly and the garden has now become an official Monarch waystation. Gemma, Katherine, and Lily learned how to self-advocate, speak to people of authority, and how to dedicate themselves to something they care about.
Troop #30760: Lancaster
To educate and share the importance of sensory tools, Isabella hosted a Best Buddies meeting where the participants created calming jars. She then created a sensory kit/calming box for PACE students at Luther Burbank Middle School containing sensory tools and fidgets designed to drive focus and relieve anxiety, complete with direction cards to provide the tools the students need to strive. Isabella learned that everyone needs help and that asking questions is how you learn to understand the needs of others.
Troop #75302: Clinton
Using information gathered from surveying parents and the local librarian, Eilidh designed and created seating cushions for the Berlin Public Library and helped to modify existing library programs for their use. The fidget sit-upons contain buttons and ribbons on the sides and are made out of durable, easy to clean fabric to last in the reading program for many years. Eilidh learned that projects are less daunting and intimidating as they seem when she faces them head-on.
Troop #30838: Douglas, Uxbridge
Greta Colonero, Abigail Kay, Kennedy McGrath
Greta, Abigail, and Kennedy designed and installed a sensory garden for neurotypical preschoolers and preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder at Our Lady of the Valley School. The sensory garden addressed all senses and included: benches, sand toys, an outdoor fruit and vegetable market, a xylophone, an easel, garden toys, and flowers. The girls learned that communication is essential, that it's important to recognize each other's strengths, and that everyone's ideas should be heard.
Troop #30838: Douglas, Uxbridge
Veronica Jordan, Caitlin Kelly
Through a series of money-earning activities, Veronica and Caitlin educated the public about the food insecurities of their local community. The girls designed, built, and installed a food cabinet that will remain open and fully stocked with non-perishables thanks to St. Mary's Parish. Veronica and Veronica and Caitlin learned that managing a large project takes time management and flexibility.
Troop #12948: South Hadley
Natalie Harris, Abigail Vann, Adaline Woods
Natalie, Abigail, and Adaline developed an informational flyer and video teaching the Hadley community how to properly recycle. The video now lives on the Department of Public Works’ website and the flyer is given to every new family in the town. The girls hosted a litter pickup, a bottle cap art creation and installation program, and a recycled art program to supplement the Summer Reading Program at the South Hadley Public Library. Natalie, Abigail, and Adaline learned the importance of listening to each other, good communication, and how to resolve group conflicts.
Troop #11675: Northborough
Sophia Cairns, Moira Nolan, Lydia Reineke
Sophia, Moira, and Lydia upcycled an old medicine cabinet into a beautiful greeting card library for the local senior center and created many handmade cards to put in it. They designed posters and recorded a video to encourage the community to handmake or donate greeting cards to the library to help seniors stay connected. Sophia, Moira, and Lydia learned how to use their creativity for good and how to make decisions as a team.
Troop #30326: Shrewsbury
Caeley educated her community on bee decline with public presentations, pollinator-themed activities at her local farmers market, and by creating and planting a pollinator garden at Prospect Park. The garden will be maintained by the Friends of Prospect Park and an informational poster will continue to educate the public. Caeley learned how to delegate responsibilities and to take charge of her team.
Troop #30622: Worcester
Mary Foley, Abigail Ives, Charlotte Ives
Mary, Abigail, and Charlotte educated their school and their community about the poverty in Worcester, enlisting their help for continued donation drives within their communities benefiting Pernet Health Care Services. The girls held the first two pop-up thrift stores at Pernet Family Health Services, where over 120 families, including over 270 children, were able to receive clothing, toys, and books. Mary, Abigail, and Charlotte learned that one small act of kindness can truly make someone happy and that being a leader means strategizing.
Troop #11914: Greenfield
To honor veterans, Loie first held a community clean-up day at Veterans' Park, and then fixed the flower bins, restored the existing flower beds, cleaned up the park and mulched the areas, and planted perennial flowers and shrubs. She got the Department of Public Works and the Chief of Staff of Greenfield to agree to continue maintenance of the park moving forward. Loie learned time management, communication skills, and that she enjoys using hand tools to fix things.
Troop #11900: Douglas
Working with her local soccer board and town highway department, Addie designed, built, and installed a new soccer field sign for the town's soccer field. The sign not only helps opposing soccer teams find the soccer field resulting in game starts, but it also spreads awareness about the youth soccer organization in the town. Addie learned time management skills and how to take initiative even when others were not interested.
Troop #11714: Wilbraham
Amanda reused 1000 plastic tops from medication vials to create a mosaic mural for the children receiving services at the Pediatric Perioperative Suite at Cooley Dickinson Hospital and created an educational sign about the use of recycled materials. She also supplied the facility with 100 packages of mini-mosaic kits for children, using an additional 700 plastic caps, and supplied the hospital with master copies for future use. Amanda learned about professional communication, and that she is adaptable to roadblocks that are beyond her control.
Troop #30260: Grafton
After surveying her congregation and creating a PowerPoint presentation for her church's council, Elizabeth created an indoor faith retreat with her nautical-themed painted canvases displaying her artwork and inspirational quotes. She created a black and white coloring sheet that invites others to create their own faith-filled, stress-relieving art piece. Elizabeth learned the importance of combining her clear vision with the preferences of others, and that speaking in front of others is a skill that will get easier with practice.
Troop #11956: Chicopee
Savannah worked with the members of St. Stanislaus School and St. Stanislaus Basilica to organize and facilitate a week-long can drive to benefit the community of Lorraine's Soup Kitchen. She then created guidelines on how to run the event and enlisted the help of others to ensure this week-long event runs yearly. Savannah discovered that she is powerful and that she can speak up better than she thought when she is passionate about something.