• Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Announce 2022 Gold Award Girl Scouts and Scholarship Recipients at



    Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Announce 2022 Gold Award Girl Scouts and Scholarship Recipients at Annual Meeting
     
    Northern Illinois - Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) announced the 2022 class of Gold Award Girl Scouts and scholarship recipients at its Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 30, at the NIU Barsema Alumni Visitors Center in DeKalb.
     
    Earning the Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Gold Award Girl Scouts are recognized leaders in their communities. As they partner with local leaders to solve problems in their communities and beyond, they discover the power of bringing together a team to effect measurable, lasting change. GSNI is excited to announce the Gold Award Girl Scouts for 2022:
     
    • Maggie Bell, St. Charles - Save the Canines
    • Kyla Butler, St. Charles - Self Defense Workshop for Teen Girls
    • Joy Grady, Lake Zurich - Get Moving Camp Initiative for Kids
    • Ella Holtermann, Barrington - Vote Barrington: Local Election Voter Engagement
    • Amelia Humphrey, Geneva - Easy Upcycled Crafts
    • Tatum Keene, West Chicago - Project Aqua Pura
    • Lauren Kohl, Bartlett - Disability Awareness
    • Jenna Strohschein, South Elgin - Tips, Tricks & Advice: Equine First Aid & Rider Safety
    • Hallie Thomas, Elgin - Educating Teens About Mental Health
    • Grace Trumbull, Lake Zurich - Grace's Giving Garden and Food Pantry Support
     
    Full Girl Scout Gold Award project descriptions and photos available on request.
     
    Each year through an application and interview process, GSNI awards scholarships to registered, graduating Girl Scouts who have been actively involved in Girl Scouting during their high school years. These young leaders have committed to furthering their education, demonstrated their understanding of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and live by those values. Their communities benefit from their commitment, service, and leadership.
     
    The Elizanne Lewis Gold Award Scholarship is generously provided by the family of lifelong Girl Scout Elizanne Hanitz Lewis. At the time of her death in 2017, Elizanne was identified and recognized by Girl Scouts of the USA as the oldest living recipient of the Golden Eaglet, Girl Scouting’s highest award available from 1916 to 1939. The 2022 Elizanne Lewis Gold Award Scholarship was awarded to Maggie Bell of St. Charles.
     
    The GSNI Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship requires applicants to be graduating high school in 2022 and to have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award by January 14, 2022. This scholarship focuses on a Girl Scout’s Gold Award project along with other Girl Scout, school, and community activities. The 2022 GSNI Gold Award Scholarship was awarded to Paige Bowman of Barrington.
     
    GSNI’s Girl Scout Ambassador Scholarship asks potential recipients to share their Girl Scout experiences, community service, and leadership roles during their high school years. 2022 GSNI Ambassador Scholarships were awarded to:
     
    • Teagan Blake, Loves Park
    • Alaina Bognetti, Elgin
    • Natasha Keisler, St. Charles
    • Aisling McGrath, Batavia
    • Abby Porter, Lake in the Hills
    • Shanta Reddy, Loves Park
    • Maddison Shepard, Crystal Lake
    • Shannon Shrader, Pecatonica
     
    Girl Scout scholarship recipient photos available on request.
     
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    Girl Scouts bring their dreams to life and work together to build a better world. Through programs from coast to coast, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds and abilities can be unapologetically themselves as they discover their strengths and rise to meet new challenges—whether they want to climb to the top of a tree or the top of their class, lace up their boots for a hike or advocate for climate justice, or make their first best friends. Backed by trusted adult volunteers, mentors, and millions of alums, Girl Scouts lead the way as they find their voices and make changes that affect the issues most important to them. To join us, volunteer, reconnect, or donate, visit girlscouts.org. 
     
    We serve 16 counties including parts or all of Boone, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Lake, LaSalle, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsni.org or call 844-GSNI-4-ME (844-476-4463).
     
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