Gold Awards

2012 Gold Awardees - North Coast

A focus of the Girl Scout Alumnae, North Coast Chapter, is to support the Gold Alliance and the Sonoma County Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony each year. The Gold Alliance is composed of members of Girl Scouting who have achieved the highest award available to them—including the Golden Eaglet, First Class, the Curved Bar, or the Girl Scout Gold Award. Member activities include the following:

2012 Gold Award Recipients and their projects

Risë planned and carried out a Gold Award Project titled “Elena’s Rose Garden.” With her team, she restored an historic garden at Fort Ross Historical State Park. This garden was owned by Elena Rotcheva, a princess of Russia. She is a senior and on the honor roll at Cypress Way Classical Academy. She received the Congressional Medal of Honor for Youth Gold Award and the VFW Voice of Democracy Recognition. She also received the Presidential Community Service Award. Risë is active in drama, Job’s Daughters, fencing, ice skating, speech and debate, and music. She has been a Girl Scout for twelve years and is a member of Troop 10008 led by Barbara Eastes. Risë has attained the Bronze Award and Silver Award. She completed Program Aide training, receiving her pin and patch. She also received her Leadership Pin and Cadette Challenge. Risë performed community service at a horse camp for children and participated in restoration and awareness efforts at Fort Ross beyond her Gold Award. Risë says that she has learned the necessary skills to plan and achieve any goal she sets for herself. She can teach others the things she is passionate about without fear.

Victoria planned and carried out a Gold Award Project called “Preparing the Next Generation”. Her project served babies at orphanages in the Ukraine. She collected baby necessities such as blankets, bottles, toys, formula and lice shampoo that are scarce there. Completing her Gold Award Project made Victoria appreciate what she has, as well as being more aware of others who are in need of help. Her experience with the children of Chernobyl was life changing.
Victoria is a 2011 graduate of Santa Rosa High School and has just completed her first year at Santa Rosa Junior College. Victoria was a girl member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and is currently a Lifetime member. She received her Ten Year pin and Silver Award in 2010. She also earned her Bronze Award. Victoria has held many leadership positions in Girl Scouts including being a Program Aide and a Counselor in Training. She was awarded the Gem of a Girl Scholarship for 2011. Victoria says that Girl Scouts has taught her to be a more compassionate leader, to be honest, to respect others and to listen to other’s opinions. She feels that through Girl Scouts she has become a more open minded and well-rounded person.

Jacqueline planned, designed and carried out a Gold Award project titled Smiles in The Living Room. Her project addressed poor dental health for low-income children. In addition, she helped a recipient of the first annual Smiles in The Living Room contest to receive a total smile makeover to become ready for the workplace. Jacqueline’s Gold Award project allowed her to overcome a small part of an overwhelming social issue. She is a senior at Cardinal Newman High School. She plans to attend Georgetown University and hopes to become a dentist. She is Valedictorian of her class, a Newman Oxford Scholar and on the Principal’s List for four years. She received the 2012 Principal’s Pin, the 2012 Honor Medal and a nomination for Press Democrat Scholar Athlete. She passed the National Latin Exam Cum Laude. Achievements include NCS Scholar, Youth of the Year and earning the Coca Cola Scholarship. Jacqueline has been a Girl Scout for 13 years beginning as a Brownie. Community service includes Camp Wa Tam and a volunteer for the Living Room and Kid Street. Jacqueline says that through Girl Scouts, she has become a leader who possesses perseverance, initiative, creativity, courage and confidence. Her Gold Award project had an impact on the community and the direction of her future.

Giana planned and carried out a Gold Award Project entitled “Once Upon a Dress.” She collected and distributed lightly used prom dresses, shoes and accessories for girls who could not afford to buy new dresses. Girls identified by high schools and other organizations were given the opportunity to select dresses for the year’s formal dances. Giana’s project made her step back and look at her life to see how truly blessed she is. She is a senior at St. Vincent de Paul High School. She has been a Girl Scout for 12 years. Giana earned the Silver Award in 2008. She has completed Program Aide Basic, Songs and Games and Outdoor Skills. She performed community service in Switzerland, London and Petaluma. She traveled with Girl Scouts to Europe for three weeks in 2010. She is the artistic editor for her school’s literary magazine and received Highest Honors in Computer Science 2009 and Drama Highest Honors in 2010. She is active in theatricals, youth ministry choir, leadership and cheerleading at her school. Giana plans to attend Sonoma State University and major in business. According to Giana, Girl Scouts has taught her to be a strong and independent person.

Cristina designed and implemented sustainable models for a neighborhood preparedness meeting and a one stop shopping emergency supply purchase program to help neighborhoods prepare for the first 72 hours of an emergency. These models were distributed through Get Ready Marin, Novato Fire and the Novato Chamber of Commerce. Cristina’s Gold Award helped her realize that she could undertake a large project and see it through to the finish. Cristina is the daughter of Victoria and Paul of Novato. She is a junior at St. Vincent de Paul High School and will graduate in 2013. She has been a Girl Scout for eight years. She completed Program Aide, Silver, Gold and First Aid trainings. She has held various leadership positions and performed community service for her school, church and community including a Youth Mission trip to Montana. For three summers, she has traveled to Spain on her own and stayed with exchange families. Cristina earned the President’s Award for Academic Excellence 2009, a Certificate of Academic Excellence in Algebra II, Scholar Athlete in Volleyball and Lacrosse, MVP Award for Cross Country 2011, and was on the CIF Scholastic Team for Cross Country Fall 2011. Cristina would like to attend a four year college and become a psychologist in the arts. Girl Scouts taught Cristina about leadership, friendship and teamwork and exposed her to many opportunities.

Grace designed and carried out a Gold Award Project titled Helping Nurses Help Patients in Belarus. Grace decided to help Mir Hospital because she was inspired by how hard the nurses worked to provide quality patient care despite not having the same resources available as in the United States. When the nurses were asked what they needed, they only asked for basic items such as soap. Grace collected medical supplies and equipment, soap and sheets. Grace’s Gold Award Project taught her to take full responsibility for her promises and actions because she knew that people were depending on her to finish. She has completed her freshman year at University of the Pacific and she hopes to one day become an astronaut. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Santa Rosa High School in 2011. School activities included four years on the swim team, debate team and FFA. Grace was a girl member of Girl Scouts for ten years and is currently a Lifetime member. She earned the Bronze and Silver Awards and Bronze Leadership and silver Leadership Awards. She earned the Counselor in Training I, II, and III and Program Aide. She was awarded the Gem of a Girl Scholarship for 2011. Girl Scouts has taught her to lead by example and not to give up on her goals.