Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois recognized some of its brightest
stars at their 2019 All That Glitters Awards Ceremony on April 28 at
Rend Lake College in Ina. The banquet recognizes Girl Scouts from
across Southern Illinois who achieve significant accomplishments in
leadership and community service. See All That Glitters Photos
Outstanding Graduating Girl Scouts
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout
Scholarship is awarded to Girl Scouts who demonstrate extraordinary
leadership in the Girl Scout movement, in school, and in their
community. Along with sharing their achievements and contributions,
applicants submit an essay titled, "What Girl Scouts Means To
Me." Each applicant also submits one reference letter from a
community contact who describes the applicant's leadership abilities.
Applications are then reviewed by a committee comprised of staff and
volunteers. Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout Scholarships are
partially funded from proceeds from GSofSI's annual Haunted Camp
program, which is planned, organized, and conducted by older GSofSI
Girl Scouts. The Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout Scholarships are a
great example of girls working together to make the world a better
Cassandra Campbell from Marissa:
Cassandra is a Girl Scout Ambassador who has been a Girl Scout for 13 years. Among her achievements are earning the Service to Girl Scouts and Community Service bars. In addition, she has earned three of Girl Scouts’ highest awards: the Girl Scout Bronze Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout in sixth grade can earn, the Girl Scout Silver Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout in seventh or eighth grade can earn, and the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest award in Girl Scouting. For her Girl Scout Gold Award project, she researched her high school’s unique mascot, “Meteors,” and discovered that the name derived from the Tilden Meteorite that fell in 1927. She then created educational displays for the community, including making a model of the meteorite piece that fell in Marissa for the town museum and presenting at an assembly for the school’s athletic teams.
Cassandra is currently a senior at Marissa Senior High School and plans on attending either Western Kentucky University to study meteorology. Cassandra believes that, “Girl Scouts is a place to be yourself, try new things, and make lifelong friends while gaining self-confidence and leadership skills.”
Jacquelyn Simpson from O’Fallon:
Jacquelyn is a Girl Scout Ambassador who has been a Girl Scout for 12 years. She has earned two of Girl Scouts’ highest awards: the Girl Scout Bronze Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout in sixth grade can earn, the Girl Scout Silver Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout in seventh or eighth grade can earn – both by completing service projects that reflect her passion for the environment. She is currently completing work towards her Girl Scout Gold Award – the highest award in Girl Scouting, by volunteering with the Audubon Center in association with the Army Corps of Engineers.
Jacquelyn is currently a senior at O’Fallon Township High School and will also completer her associate degree through the Running Start program at Southwestern Illinois College this spring. Upon graduation, she plans to attend Duke University, where she will work toward her lifelong dream of becoming a marine biologist. Jacquelyn states, “To me, Girl Scouts means stepping out of one’s comfort zone to make a difference in the community, learn and try new things, provide support for others, and form bonds that will last a lifetime-all while developing your own character along the way.”
Gold Award Girl Scouts
Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable
change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold
Award, the most prestigious award in the world for girls to earn and
offered only by Girl Scouts, recognizes leadership, effort, and impact
that Girl Scout Seniors and Girl Scout Ambassadors have on their
communities. Only about five percent of eligible girls take the
rigorous path toward earning this prestigious award, and those who
complete the journey change the lives of others and their own in
amazing and significant ways.
Troop #958 – Troy
Project: Translating Sheet Music into Braille for Visually Impaired Students
Melissa imported music into Finale composing software by scanning
the sheet music and by having pianists play the music into the
software. She then corrected any errors and converted the music into
braille by using the software program, Duxbury. After this process,
she created a guide and a website giving detailed instructions on the
process so that visually impaired students will be able to participate
in band and choir for years to come. By completing this project,
Melissa’s plans to become a music educator have been reinforced.
Troop #329 – O’Fallon
Project: A Summer of STEM
Katherine brought STEM programs and education to over 550 students
in the metro-east. After participating on Girl Scouts robotics teams
for eight years, she decided that she wanted other students to get as
excited about STEM as she was. She organized and ran a STEM activity
area at the FIRST Lego League Junior expo, ran a series of six STEM
sessions at the O’Fallon Public Library during their summer reading
program, created curriculum for and ran a FIRST Lego League Junior
3-day camp, and organized and ran STEM programs at a Girl Scout Day
Camp. Katherine also created a website and handouts where program
participants could find information on the experiments to repeat them
at home. By working on her project, Katherine has learned the
importance of time management skills.
Troop #229 – Belleville
Project: Gardening for the Greater Good
Bailey created a community garden at Lead with Us Day Care, which is used to stock the Mascoutah food pantry and teach children about vegetables and gardening. After recruiting volunteers to help take care of the garden, she taught the children at the day care about the nutritious value of vegetables and how they are grown. She also presented her project to participants at the Leadership for Service Fair at the Hugh O’Brian Leadership seminar. Baily remarked that by earning her Gold Award it helped boost her confidence in her leadership skills and inspired her to take on new goals such as running for president of her school’s National Honor Society.
Troop #444 – Marissa
Project: My Community 150 Years and Growing
Kelsey stepped up to help the Marissa Historical Museum celebrate the town’s 150th birthday. After learning that the local museum needed more display cases to get ready for the celebration, she utilized the skills she had learned in woodshop classes to build new cabinets. Kelsey also created an exhibit featuring Marissa’s Girl Scout history back to 1929 which involved researching historic facts and collecting memorabilia. Finally, she created a large wood birthday cake for the community that was displayed on Main Street at the Marissa Coal Festival. After completing her project, Kelsey feels that she will be confident taking charge of projects or events while working with her peers.
Troop # 8935 – Red Bud
Project: The Reading Corner
Caitlin was inspired by her love of reading to create a reading corner at the Creative Children’s Learning Center. After collecting over 900 books from the community, cataloging and color coding them by reading level, she built a bookshelf unit to hold the new collection. She also enlisted the help of her team to sew pillows which would make the room a comfortable area for the 3-5 year old children at the center. Caitlin found that the students were so engaged after reading the books, they wanted to share stories about their own lives and how it related to the book. From working on her Gold Award project, Caitlin learned that if you feel overwhelmed by a big project, it helps to step back and get a clear plan of action by breaking it into several smaller tasks.
Troop # 8047 – Benton
Project: B.O.P Buckets of Preparedness
Gillian wanted to make sure residents in her community were prepared in case disaster struck. She researched supplies that would go in a survival kit and then made 20 of them to distribute throughout the area. She also created lessons to give at 2 local churches and a YouTube video on how to create a survival kit and what to do before, during, and after a severe weather emergency. Gillian stated that this project has awakened more of the love of teaching and helping others that she wants to make use of in the future.
Troop #71 - Alton
Project: Happy Pets Because Of Helpful People
Sarah worked with her community and her peers to help, "Partners 4 Pets," a no kill shelter in her area, by organizing a service day for the shelter and creating some functional yet decorative displays to hang leashes. In addition, Sarah created a guidebook on how to host a donation drive, so that staff and volunteers an continue to help the shelter stay stocked with supplies. Sarah also organized a volunteer group to work at the shelter, where they made pet toys and treats. Sarah is passionate about the welfare of animals, as well as educating others about responsible pet ownership.
Troop #795 – Swansea
Project: Putting the Act in Action
Sydney worked with and encouraged her peers in her high school drama club to take action and get involved in the community. To accomplish this, she gave presentations at both of her club’s summer and winter drama camps about issues in the community ranging from bullying to nutrition. She encouraged camp participants to take action on three of the issues of which they were most passionate. As a result, the students set up clothing and book drives and a recycling program. Sydney hopes that the children that participated in her camps are of a generation that looks for ways they can make the world a better place.
Service Unit #42 Juliette
Project: Take and Trade Book Library
Amber wanted to promote an interest in reading in her peers in Brisbane, Australia. To do this, she brought the “little free library” concept in the United States abroad to her international high school. She worked with several students from her school to build the libraries out of upcycled furniture and to purchase books from the Lifeline Book Fest where they could buy large quantities of books at a substantially lower price than the usual expensive Australian market price. To promote her project, Amber hosted a week-long “Book Bound” event at her school. Prior to leading this project, Amber did not believe she had leadership qualities, but now she knows that she does.
Troop #924 – Coulterville
Project: Magnify for Success
Rachel mobilized the community to help support the local schools’ efforts to engage students in STEM. She held four “Super Science Fun” events at the Marissa library to encourage interest in STEM and raise community awareness of the needs of the local schools. After this, she helped her school staff prepare and submit a grant which secured $3,000 for new science equipment for the school lab. Rachel also organized several local events including a meteorology assembly to continue to help children explore STEM. By working on this project, Rachel noted that by following through with her commitments, she was able to earn the respect and trust of those in her school and community.
Troop #52 – Edwardsville
Project: “Loving Little Beanie: The Role of a Pet Owner and Animal Rights" (Children’s Literature)
Lea published an illustrated book, “A, B, C of Things Kids Would Want to Know About Dogs” to help teach children about the responsibilities of owning a dog. She was inspired by her experience working at an area animal shelter for her Girl Scout Silver Award. This led her to realize that a lack of knowledge can lead to pets being abandoned or neglected. Lea also completed readings of her book to children at two local libraries. Her book is currently available on Amazon.com. Through working on this project she feels that she has gained confidence and leadership skills that will benefit her the rest of her life.
Troop #2028 – Charleston
Project: Worship on the Water
Cheyenne built a worship theater at Camp Warren, a local church camp used by multiple community groups. After securing funding by organizing a camp alumni bags tournament, she helped order supplies and coordinated the construction crew. The team added new supports and fencing to the dock, built bleachers, installed seating, and laid a concrete pad for lawn chairs. In addition, Cheyenne set up a maintenance plan and taught area Girl Scout troops woodworking skills. Working on this project has strenthened Cheyenne’s courage which will help in her in future leadership roles.
Troop #444 – Marissa
Kyla created a tutoring program at her local elementary school. She
believes that in addition to classroom time, some children need some
one on one time to help them grasp the subjects they are working on.
After meeting with school officials, Kyla planned and scheduled two
tutoring sessions a week throughout the school term which she promoted
through classroom flyers. In addition to classroom subjects, she
exposed the children to study skills and the importance of education.
Kyla found that by helping others succeed it gave her a sense of joy.
Troop #329 – O’Fallon
Project: ABCs in the B.I.B.L.E
Mia was inspired to create 26 canvases each with a different scripture based on the letter of the alphabet. She worked with her youth group and peers to paint each of canvases and stencil the words on them. The finished product is hanging in the hallway of her church. Mia also created a book for the preschool students which correspond to the canvases. Through her work on the project, Mia has learned to always be determined and to hold her head high, but more importantly, she has gained more confidence in herself and learned to be herself regardless of the situation.
Troop #958 – Troy
Project: How to Make Prayer Shawls
Shelby started a movement at her church to create prayer shawls for people receiving medical care in the hospital or at home. To accomplish this, she hosted knitting classes with written and video instructions that she created. Over the course of her project, church members and peers made over 60 prayer shawls. Shelby also shared her instructions online in both book and video formats. Shelby felt that the most successful aspect of her project was bringing people together as a community to work towards a single positive goal. She also now knows that she can see an, issue and make a difference.
Juliette – Shiloh
Project: Renovate Legacy Christian Academy
Clarissa renovated the buildings and grounds at Legacy Christian Academy in Caseyville. She recruited a team of volunteers and then got to work painting classrooms, stairs, and restrooms. On the school grounds she led the team in painting playground equipment and 25 sections of chain link fence in the hot summer heat. They also planted a garden that will be maintained by the students at the school. By working on her Gold Award project, Clarissa reported that she is no longer shy when communicating with adults of authority. She has also developed the confidence to take on additional, even more complex community service projects.
Troop #864 – Columbia
Project: Mural on Main
Jessica created a large scale mural on the side of a building in Columbia that celebrated its heritage and spread positivity. After finding a suitable location, she created the design which said “Welcome to Columbia” in vibrant colors and “Love This Town” in both English and German. Jessica then worked with the city council to obtain the necessary permits and approvals. Once this was completed, she organized a team and went to work painting. Jessica also hosted an art class called “Becoming a Muralist” for area youth. She feels the most successful part of her project was the overwhelmingly positive response of the community to the mural. Jessica now knows that no matter how big a dream can seem, lots of hard work and dedication can make it become a reality.
Troop #441 – Marine
Project: The Playground Plan
Samantha wanted to give back to the elementary school of which she had such fond memories. She decided to spruce up the school’s playground and make it a safer environment for the students. Samantha decided to paint kid friendly murals on the buddy bench and the picnic tables around the school. She also made it safer by replacing the pea rock with a softer alternative playground mulch and putting rubberized guards on the swing chains so that the student’s hands would not get pinched. By working on this project, Samantha found that her father was correct when he told her that when you work on something you really care about, it does not seem like work.
Troop #455 – O’Fallon
Project: Bridging Sugar Creek
Leah put her engineering and math skills to work by planning and building a 35 foot suspension bridge that goes over Sugar Creek at Camp Torqua. After meeting with civil engineers, she determined that the bridge needed to be made out of pressure treated wood and galvanized steel cable. The total weight capacity of the bridge is in excess of 7,000 pounds. In addition to the bridge, Leah created educational games using natural materials for girls to play while at camp. The grand opening for the bridge was held during STEM camp where 70 girls and adults got to cross the bridge for the first time. Through working on this project, Leah found that she had more patience and perseverance than she thought she had working through details with city and county building officers. She is also very proud of her time management skills.
Troop #339 – Fults
Project: Enhancements to Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve
Lauren created an outdoor kiosk in the public area of the Paul Wightman Subterranean Nature Preserve in Monroe County. To begin her project she researched geology, Clifftop NFP history, and interviewed the preserve’s namesake, Father Paul Wightman. Using this information, she used Adobe InDesign to create interpretive signage and built a kiosk from pressure treated wood set in concrete with a steel roof. The signs were printed on plastic panels and attached to steel beams. Additionally, Lauren created and printed pamphlets containing trail maps and other information. By completing this project, her passion for environmental stewardship has been reinforced. Lauren feels as if she is going into her continued education with a purpose, and that is to help lead others to respect the Earth.
Troop #444 – Marissa
Project: Art Beautification Project
Adrianna wanted to spread art appreciation in her community by creating murals in the community park and hosting an art camp for area youth. After creating her team and getting permission from city officials, she sketched and painted murals on three different buildings in the city park. Since she plans to become a teacher, Adrianna planned and hosted an art camp for children in kindergarten – sixth grade in hope of inspiring them to continue art projects of their own. Through this project, Adrianna has gained confidence and valuable skills for her future. She remarked that it’s a good feeling to know that she contributed something to her community.
GSofSI Trifecta Award Recipients
Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' Trifecta Award honors girls who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, Girl Scout Silver Award and Girl Scout Bronze Award.
Silver Award Girl Scouts
The Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette
can earn, is symbolic of accomplishments in Girl Scouting and
community activities as a girl becomes her best self and builds the
world around her. A Girl Scout Silver Award project benefits a girl's
community and can be earned as an individual or part of a group.
Mary Brinkmann and Elayna Hermanns
Project: Monarch Butterfly Garden Habitat
Project: Sensory Playground for Early Childhood at Whiteside Elementary
Margaret Ankrom, Katelyn Holtgrewe and Mikayla Massie
Jade Jarell and Emma Prott
Project: Blankets for Pets
Hope Foret and Ayla Hicks
Project: Silver Creek Playground Improvement
Project: Activity Cart and Positioning Pillow
Project: Reading Nook Storage Table Unit/Nurse’s Blankets
Project: Lost and Found Center
Project: Free Little Library
Project: Portacath Pillows for Hope Lodge
Project: Helping Hands for Ronald McDonald House Charities
Kabrina Houston and Alexandria Kampmeinert
Project: Pet Blankets for Our Fur Friends
Project: Reestablish and Improve Prairie Portion of Trenton Nature Preserve
Breanna Baldwin Zurek
Kases for Kids
Mackenzie Bondy, Ashlynn Martin, Jayden Martin and Rachel Moss
Project: Help Wanted: Helping the Unwanted
Lindsey Lankford, Meredith Kremitzki, Haley Ulrich and Jillian Welsh
Project: Crafting with Seniors
Ashley King, Elizabeth King and Sydney King
Project: TMS Band Room Refresh
Project: Caring for Cats and Dogs
Project: Buddy Bench for Ellis Elementary Playground
Project: communication and Guidance of the State Park Food Pantry
Project: Living with Autism
Project: Inspirational Quotes at Wesclin Middle School
Project: Music at Hand
Emily Davidson and Rory McCormick
Project: Kits for Kids
Chanel Smith, Anastasia Zerbst and Stacey Zerbst
Project: Save the Pollinators
Taylor Neal, Kaitlyn Olmstead and Lauren Volk
Project: Adopt a Grandparent
Savannah Downey and Mia Goedken
Project: Beauty and the Birdhouse
Meegan Deer, Gabrielle Snyder and Isabella Wilson
Project: Crisis Cuddles
Jordanna Frazier and Emma Bryant
Project: Empowering Girls Career Day
Zayda Cooper and Kadence Hassebrock
Project: Food Pantry Remodel
Project: Winged Wonder
Project: Child Abuse Awareness
Project: Color Their World
Ariana Burriell and Eden Rolves
Project: Sensory Garden
GSofSI Class of 2019
Beth Anne Mislan
Volunteers also were recently honored with Girl Scouts' Adult Awards
during GSofSI's Annual Meeting. Read more...