Five high school girls received their Gold Awards from Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes' Central Region in a gala May 5 that also honored Silver and Bronze award recipients.
Kathleen Cyr, Mary Maher, Kaija Daniels, Stephanie Rudolph and Katherine Dondlinger received Gold Awards, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts and similar to a Boy Scout's Eagle Award. It is available only at the high school level.
To earn Gold, a Girl Scout must spend a minimum of 80 hours on a project that solves a community problem. In a step-by-step process and with the help of an adult adviser, she identifies a topic, then seeks resources to meet the need and gathers a team to carry out the project.
Bronze Awards for Girl Scout Juniors in fourth and fifth grade and Silver Awards for Cadettes in sixth through eighth grades help girls learn leadership and planning skills to carry out community projects and lay the groundwork for the higher awards.
Silver Awards went to Krista Hintz, Leah Thompson, Brianna Kurth, Ceceilia Wurz, Jamie Steiner and Samantha Zblewski.
Bronze Awards went to Alyssa Aldrian, Allison McKay, Tanya Allen, Samantha Mellberg, Morgan Bever, Malaya Merriwether, Riley Bleier, Lauren Messman, Sarah Brandt, Lilly Midyett, Savannah Brandt, Courtney Morse, McKayla Braun, Andrea Olds, Breanna Cotton, Faith Palmer, Molly Cujak, Michelle Pazdernik, Carolyn Czerwinski, Cortney Pirus, Samantha Daniels, Madelyn Quinn, Tianna Daniels, Emma Roberts, Desiree French, Rachel Sauer, Anastasia Freye, Marina Schinker, Julia Hackbarth, Bailey Schleinz, Haley Halverson, Madison Schleinz, Grace Heck, Elizabeth Schumann, Julia Hitz, Kaylee Seifert, Harmony Hofmann, Emily Sheets-Fitz, Lilliana Irmischer, Anna Shillinglaw, Miranda Kath, Allie Stratz, Sierra Kleiber, Aimee Swedlund, Molly Knight, Alexis Thorn, Abigail Krueger, Allison Vanden Hauvel, Alexis Lepak and Tabitha Ziebell.
Congratulations to each of these Scouts for their community involvement!
Peyton Medick 14, of Weston has been named a finalist in the 2013 search for Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes. She is one of 30 young leaders being recognized for making a positive impact on their communities and around the world.
Peyton created Peyton's Promise to help keep local food pantries stocked. Since it began in 2008, the organization has collected 90 tons of food and raise more than $25,000. Peyton has won 25 local, state and national awards.
More information about Huggable Heroes is at www.buildabear.com/huggableheroes.