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GSofSI Girl Scouts Honored At All That Glitters Awards Ceremony

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois All That Glitters

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 place.

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.

Melissa Atkins

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.

Katherine Buchanan

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.

Bailey Burman

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.

Kelsey Campbell

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.

Caitlin Dehne

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.

Gillian Emrich

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.

Sarah Gratton
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.

Sydney Grellner
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.

Amber Haantz

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.

Rachel Hall

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.

Lea Hein

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 Through working on this project she feels that she has gained confidence and leadership skills that will benefit her the rest of her life.

Cheyenne Hunter

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.

Kyla Krause

Troop #444 – Marissa
Project: Tutoring

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.

Mia Laing

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.

Shelby Lavely

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.

Clarissa Pavao

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.

Jessica Rachell

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.

Samantha Tipton

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.

Leah Walton

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.

Lauren Wratchford

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.

Adrianna Wyninegar

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.

Melissa Atkins
Katherine Buchanan
Kelsey Campbell
Caitlin Dehne
Gillian Emrich
Sarah Gratton
Sydney Grellner
Amber Haantz
Rachel Hall
Lea Hein
Cheyenne Hunter
Kyla Krause
Shelby Lavely
Clarissa Pavao
Samantha Tipton
Leah Walton
Adrianna Wyninegar

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
Troop #90
Project: Monarch Butterfly Garden Habitat

Rebecca Bagby
Troop #92
Project: Sensory Playground for Early Childhood at Whiteside Elementary

Margaret Ankrom, Katelyn Holtgrewe and Mikayla Massie
Troop #112
Project: S.M.A.R.T.

Jade Jarell and Emma Prott
Troop #112
Project: Blankets for Pets

Hope Foret and Ayla Hicks
Troop #112
Project: Silver Creek Playground Improvement

Samara Helton
Troop #130
Project: Activity Cart and Positioning Pillow

Brooke Bynum
Troop #213
Project: Reading Nook Storage Table Unit/Nurse’s Blankets

Willow Bynum
Troop #213
Project: Lost and Found Center

Caila Riggs
Troop #213
Project: Free Little Library

Amelia Barfield
Troop #231
Project: Portacath Pillows for Hope Lodge

Bailey Striegel
Troop #297
Project: Helping Hands for Ronald McDonald House Charities

Kabrina Houston and Alexandria Kampmeinert
Troop #303
Project: Pet Blankets for Our Fur Friends

Emma Bohn
Troop #321
Project: Reestablish and Improve Prairie Portion of Trenton Nature Preserve

Breanna Baldwin Zurek
Troop #330
Kases for Kids

Mackenzie Bondy, Ashlynn Martin, Jayden Martin and Rachel Moss
Troop #330
Project: Help Wanted: Helping the Unwanted

Lindsey Lankford, Meredith Kremitzki, Haley Ulrich and Jillian Welsh
Troop #395
Project: Crafting with Seniors

Ashley King, Elizabeth King and Sydney King
Troop #441
Project: TMS Band Room Refresh

Sara Huller
Troop #497
Project: Caring for Cats and Dogs

Julia Koziatek
Troop #497
Project: Buddy Bench for Ellis Elementary Playground

Anna Erickson
Troop #547
Project: communication and Guidance of the State Park Food Pantry

Marlo Schiber
Troop #769
Project: Living with Autism

Chloe Logan
Troop #898
Project: Inspirational Quotes at Wesclin Middle School

Emily Vandersand
Troop #936
Project: Music at Hand

Emily Davidson and Rory McCormick
Troop #2141
Project: Kits for Kids

Chanel Smith, Anastasia Zerbst and Stacey Zerbst
Troop #2141
Project: Save the Pollinators

Taylor Neal, Kaitlyn Olmstead and Lauren Volk
Troop #2274
Project: Adopt a Grandparent

Savannah Downey and Mia Goedken
Troop #2921
Project: Beauty and the Birdhouse

Meegan Deer, Gabrielle Snyder and Isabella Wilson
Troop #8045
Project: Crisis Cuddles

Jordanna Frazier and Emma Bryant
Troop #8231
Project: Empowering Girls Career Day

Zayda Cooper and Kadence Hassebrock
Troop #8358
Project: Food Pantry Remodel

Courtney Bassler
Troop #8413
Project: Winged Wonder

Anna Rodgers
Troop #8546
Project: Child Abuse Awareness

Samantha Schrum
Troop #8643
Project: Color Their World

Ariana Burriell and Eden Rolves
Troop #8707
Project: Sensory Garden

GSofSI Class of 2019

Amanda Aaron
Brianna Aburto
Jaida Adams
Jordyn Akins
Adrianne Aloisi
Mackenzie Arnold
Melissa Atkins
Kaylee Barlow
Tessa Beckmann
Elizabeth Bierman
Emily Bolhofner
Amy Bourland
Lace Brandenburg
Bailey Burman
Cassie Campbell
Katelyn Crockett
Melissa Crosby
Mara Dalman
Alyssa Deremiah
Elise Dodel
Kaitlin Doedtman
Makayla Dolbee
Bailey Duckworth
Jenna Fisher
Lydia Fulton
Nikki Galbraith
Rosalisha Grant
Amber Haantz
Rachel Hall
Taylor Hall
Cailyn Haubein
Alaina Herman
Kristina Hilmes
Savana Hinkle
Cameryn Hodges
Taylor Holbrook
Ricki Holman
Marcella Horvath
Katharine Housewright
Megan Huller
Lindsey Jacobs
Jaden Johnson
Katherine Jones
Deana Kearby
Loren Koenigstein
Emma Kramer
Abigail Kurth
Mikayla Kuznicki
Shelby Lavely
Amelia Lawson
Hannah Lloyd
Samantha Maddox
Alyssa Meyer
Bethany Miller
Madison Miller
Beth Anne Mislan
Marina Myers
Campbell Neely
Mallory Nutter
Amber Parker
Maddison Parker
Jessica Penford
Kamrynn Perry
Kadi Petersen
Holly Plantz
Lauren Plush
Megan Quam
Brittney Reese
Hannah Retzer
Beth Root
Sheridyn Roth
Emily Roth
Hailey Runyon
Tyme Sampson
Mekayla Sattlefield
Raven Saylor
Eleanore Schwering
Katherine Shamdin
Emily Siegle
Jacquelyn Simpson
Sierra Smallie
Alison Smith
Clara Speer
Ashley Szabo
Elizabeth Tapen
Victoria Tarpley
Michaela Tarpley
Kathryn Thiel
Samantha Tipton
Kaley Tolch
Kiley Tolch
Zoe Utley
Alexandria Waller
Alexis Wheatley-Mcnealy
Sara Wilderman
Alecia Winkles
Haleigh Winterbauer
Jordan Yenne

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