The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore honored 26 outstanding young
women who earned their Gold Award during a June 12 ceremony at
Branches, Long Branch.
These remarkable young women are a result of what Girl Scouts
offers—programming that develops girls of the utmost courage,
confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
Through the Girl Scout Gold Award, girls are given anopportunity to
engage in leadership at the highest levels while addressing an issue
they feel passionately about. The honor is earned by less than 6
percent of Girl Scouts annually and requires girls to demonstrate
their leadership skills by tackling a community or global issue. A
minimum of 80 hours of community service is required for each project.
First presented more than 100 years ago, the Girl Scout Gold Award
is the highest award a Girl Scout can receive and the most difficult
award to earn in all scouting. Its recipients over the years rate
their general success significantly higher than their peers and report
greater success in reaching their goals in many areas, including:
Higher education and careers
2018 Gold Award Girl Scouts
Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen Herbal Garden Toms River
Because her local food pantry lacks the outdoor space for a personal
garden, Christine’s Gold Award project focused on donating a portable
organic herb garden to the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen, which is a
restaurant that allows its customers to pay for meals through
community service. Christine taught kindergartners the importance of
healthy eating by letting them plant herb seeds for the Soul Kitchen
and their own personal gardens. These plants were cared for and
brought to the Soul Kitchen to be utilized in their restaurant,
helping to feed those who normally cannot afford formally prepared
food. Congratulations on earning your Gold Award Christine!
Garden for the Needy Freehold
Ariana’s project addressed the need for emergency food in the
Freehold area for those that are less fortunate, disabled, or
unemployed. She planted a vegetable garden at her local YMCA which
included tomatoes, beans and peppers, and donated them to the Freehold
Open Door. Ariana also hosted food drives at the YMCA, her
neighborhood and her summer classes to supplement the produce grown.
Ariana’s goal was to raise awareness of the need for food (especially
the need for fresh vegetables) in her local community year round, not
just at the holidays. Many of her neighbors were helped through her
efforts. Congratulations on this accomplishment Ariana!
Skating Promotes Fitness and Good Health Holmdel
Obesity is a growing health issue and has become a global pandemic.
As a figure skater, Emily wanted to use her knowledge to raise
awareness and address this issue. Skating is an aerobic workout which
improves balance and flexibility. Emily’s goal was to promote skating
and get people interested in the sport. She organized a National
Skating Month event at the Howell Ice Arena and offered free half-hour
lessons in addition to recruiting skaters to perform an exhibition.
Afterwards, she scheduled a public skate session for families to enjoy
a fun activity while also getting a great workout. Emily was able to
promote her topic and spread awareness to her community.
Congratulations Emily and great work!
Be Your Best Self Fair Haven
Dana worked with the nurse and principal of her local elementary
school to understand the specific hygiene needs of their 4th grade
girls. She developed a program and taught it as a supplement to their
health education class. Dana worked with local retailers to get
donations for the girls and also obtained a commitment for a washer
and dryer to be installed at the school for the nurse’s use. The
classes were well received and enjoyed by the girls. The school
ultimately decided against installing the machines, but the school was
pleased with the outcome of the project and the effect it had on the
girls. Congratulations Dana! Great job!
Youth Music Mission Manahawkin
Laura’s project was to focus on exposing and engaging elementary age
children and teenagers to the benefits of music in order to foster a
positive self-image and a bond with their community, while hosting
free performances and events within her community, and created a
website with information regarding upcoming musical events in her
community as well as volunteer opportunities.
Historical Records Management Long Branch
For Alyssa’s Gold Award project, she spent the summer of 2017 at the
Shrewsbury Historical Society archiving their files. She went through
their antiquated filing system and created an updated version using
Microsoft Excel. The purpose of this project was to make sure in case
of a fire or other emergency the files would be accessible and safely
stored. She also placed hanging folders inside each filing cabinet to
make them more presentable, as they were previously overstuffed and in
disarray. Congratulations on earning your Gold Award Alyssa!
Limitless Recycling Workshop Holmdel
Julia created a “Limitless Recycling Workshop” to demonstrate the
many ways one can be environmentally conscious. All participants were
required to bring a pair of gently worn shoes to donate to “ShoeBox
Recycling”. Aside from her presentation about her history with
recycling as a Girl Scout, she had 3 guest speakers. There were 2
representatives from the Rutgers Master Gardeners who discussed the
benefits Vermicomposting, as well as the Monmouth County Recycling
Coordinator. Julia also had many educational displays, recycling
crafts, and games to further promote being green in fun and unique ways.
Exercise Awareness Milstone Township
For her project, Stephanie focused on eating healthier and trying to
prevent obesity. She held exercise classes for people ages 16-70 to
let them know of the fun and different exercises available so they
could stay in shape. She also informed people about the dangers of
eating unhealthy and how continuing to go to the gym can help them in
their future. She created a blog online, so anyone can access it, with
different recipes. These recipes provide people with a healthy
alternative and how to eat a balanced diet. Congratulations Stephanie!
Erudition on Diabetes Freehold
The goal of Daphne’s Gold Award was to create awareness for children
suffering with diabetes. Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the
body generates high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period of
time. The focus of her Gold Award was a mural that focused on the
basic knowledge of juvenile diabetes and what can be done to help the
cause. After sharing her presentation with family, friends, and
church youth groups, she was able to display her mural in a local
medical office where it is displayed for all the community to read and
Lend a Hand Beachwood
Hannah’s project provided sturdy, inexpensive prosthetics to remote
medical clinics that use low cost 3D printing technology and common
hardware. The donated hands were produced by a New Jersey-based
network of volunteers, engineers, students and makers and distributed
by the global network of eNable to clinics all over the world. The
recipients were children born with congenital limb deficiencies or
children who had lost their hands due to cancer, trauma or infection.
These children would otherwise not have had access to prosthetics
which have the potential to totally transform a person's life.
Congratulations and excellent job Hannah!
G.I.R.L. Power Marlboro
Shreya’s project, titled “G.I.R.L. Power,” primarily sought to
address the prevalent issue of women’s rights, which impacts girls
everywhere. Within her immediate community, she worked to start a
conversation about gender inequality, holding seminars both inside and
outside of school to raise awareness about issues like honor violence
and children’s education. Shreya further expanded her efforts to
communities abroad, teaching a leadership and entrepreneurship class
to students living in the slums of Hyderabad, India. The two-week
course culminated in the presentation of each team’s business plan,
based on their individual start-up ideas. Congratulations on earning
your Gold Award, Shreya!
Long Branch Covenant Church Rain Garden Long Branch
For Shannon’s gold award project, she built a rain garden in her
city that will help combat pollution in the area as well as aid in the
constant flooding that occurs in that area. This rain garden was built
and plans were made with the help of the Rutgers Environmental
Agriculture Experiment Team. This consisted of many things such as
re-routing pipes, digging a trench and fighting through the issues
that came her way. Congratulations Shannon and good work!
The Future of Medicine: In Your Hands Take Action Project Ocean
Angelica saw an opportunity in her school to turn their medical club
into HOSA, also known as Health Occupations for the Future Students of
America. Members are effectively prepared to be the leaders of
tomorrow, as HOSA is a national organization. Knowledge,
communication, and leadership skills are gained from their
competitions. It is a club where members are excited to learn about
medicine and realize that they have the ability within themselves to
meet the demands of the health care community. Congratulations on
earning your Gold Award Angelica!
A Day Of Beauty Holmdel
Anika’s Gold Award project was a “Day of Beauty” for disabled
people. Unfortunately, due to the everyday struggles faced, these
students don’t always have the opportunity to be pampered. This can
lead to low self-esteem and worsening of mental health. Anika believes
that when you look and feel your best, you can accomplish more so she
decided to help others feel beautiful, confident and promote better
mental health. She organized a day at the school providing services
such as nails, hair and makeup all conducted by her team of peers. As
a result of the event, there was a greater awareness for mental
well-being in this population. Congratulations Anika and great job!
After years of being bullied because of her acne, and watching close
family members suffer from dangerous skin conditions, it was clear to
Shelby that she wanted to make a difference in how people treated
their own -and other people’s- skin. I’mperfect was created to raise
awareness of the potentially dangerous ingredients in skin care
products, like sunscreen and make up. It became her goal to inform as
many ears as possible: she visited multiple health classes in her high
school, fellow Girl Scout troops across New Jersey, and even attended
town events. For more information, please visit imperfectskin.org.
Congratulations on earning your Gold Award, Shelby!
Geriatric Caner Patient Pals Morganville
Diya implemented a volunteer support program for geriatric cancer
patients at Care One in her community. After doing research and
meeting with professionals from both Centrastate and CareOne, Diya
created and prepared a training module to teach her volunteers how to
handle sensitive issues when conversing with these patients. After
training her volunteers, she paired each of them up with a geriatric
cancer patient to become “pals” where the volunteers would spend time
listening and conversing with the patients. Diya’s program brought
much joy to the patients and her program will be continued on at
CareOne. Congratulations Diya and great work!
The Crescendo Initiative Fair Haven
The goal of the Emma’s project, called the Crescendo Initiative, was
to provide musical instruments and instruction to underprivileged
children in the Red Bank community, The goal was to increase interest
in musical education in the Red Bank Public Schools. Emma held the
program at the Boys and Girls Club of Red Bank, and gave weekly
instruction to children at the facility. She felt that it was a very
rewarding project, and she will always be thankful for the opportunity
to spread a love for music to young children. Congratulations on
earning your Gold Award, Emma!
Hawk's Haven Whiting
For Joy’s Gold Award project, she chose to build a vegetable/flower
garden at her school. Her school had recently added an environmental
science class that was in need of hands-on lab opportunities. During
the planting process, Joy enlisted the help of the special education
class, who had been looking for a sensory activity to do. The garden
has been a tool open to many classes in the school, provided many
fresh vegetables to the local food bank, and helped improve the
aesthetic of the school. Congratulations Joy and excellent work!
Are you Gone? Beachwood
Kayleigh’s Gold Award addressed the issue of the inactivity of
children and adolescents in her community. To properly take action
towards fixing this problem, she spent one year spreading the
awareness of this issue and providing valuable tips on how to lead a
healthier life and another year actively involving the younger
generations of her community in a series of active games such as
kickball or basketball. Congratulations on earning your Gold Award Kayleigh!
CPR Awareness and Hands On Training Manahawkin
Julia’s project involved teaching hands only CPR to many students
and members across multiple communities to help save lives. While
participating at local events in her community and teaching hands-only
CPR, Julia was able to train hundreds of people and distribute
pamphlets she created with steps how to perform hands-only CPR,
therefore having the potential to save countless lives.
Congratulations Julia! Great job!
'Squan Environmental Manasquan
Cassidy’s project focused on educating her community about recycling
and alternative ways to go green to make a difference for the planet.
Cassidy participated in local events to spread awareness and worked
with the Environmental Commission and the Monmouth County Recycling
Coordinator to learn the facts and also created a website that can be
accessed for everyone.
BEE Aware! Fair Haven
For her Gold Award, Julia became a beekeeper by installing and
caring for two Italian honeybee hives at a local property in Rumson,
New Jersey that grows food for Lunch Break. She then presented her
experience from her project, what she learned in the process, and
educated students on how and why to save the honeybees at Deane-Porter
and Forestdale schools. She chose her project because honeybees are an
important aspect of our environment and their population is
decreasing. Congratulations on earning your Gold Award Julia!
'Squan Beach Life Saving Station #9 Garden Manasquan
The gardens at Squan Beach Life Saving Station No. 9 is a project
that provides landscaping for a site listed on both the National and
New Jersey Registries of Historic Places. After recent renovations,
the site was in need of landscaping. The gardens Catherine grew
include native flowers and plants, specifically those that attract
monarch butterflies. In the last decade, monarch butterfly populations
have diminished significantly and this garden will allow the monarch
butterflies to rest, reproduce, and feed in a safe environment.
Congratulations Catherine and excellent work!
Dottie's House Aartment Refurnishing, Outfitting and Move In Manasquan
Lindsey’s project was to fully furnish and decorate an apartment for
a victim of domestic abuse and her family. Lindsey did so by
collecting donations and fundraising through a car wash and lemonade
stand. After giving a safe comfortable home to a woman and child in
need at Dottie’s House Women’s shelter, she is also proud to say that
this woman is able to keep all necessary furniture and easily
transition into life outside of the shelter. Congratulations Lindsey-
Stories & Achivements of Women Jackson
Kirsten’s Gold Award was a project that helped preserve the stories
of women. She went to the Orchards (an assisted living facility) and
interviewed the women living there. She filmed and edited these
interviews to create a DVD that showcased the stories of these women.
Then on Grandparents’ Day, she hosted the viewing of the movie at the
Orchards. She gifted the DVD of the film at the Orchards so that the
people living there can forever remember those women.
We can Cook! Holmdel
Ashley’s Gold Award Take Action Project addressed the importance of
cooking as a crucial life skill for the special needs population. For
her project, “We Can Cook!”, she taught a series of cooking classes to
special needs adults at Family Resource Associates (FRA) in
Shrewsbury, N.J. Her goal was to foster confidence and a greater level
of independence for her students. Additionally, she completed an FRA
kitchen reorganization project and donated “Wish List” items due to
her fundraising efforts. She also created a special “We Can Cook!”
cookbook for her students to help instill their love of cooking.
Congratulations on earning your Gold Award, Ashley!