On Feb 18 we had the honor of presenting the Gold Award to three Girl Scouts from Troop 41183. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn and demonstrates the commitment these inspiring young leaders have made towards changing the world for the better.
Congratulations to Nicole Pandolfi, Megan Petrine, and Ann Sepich!
Nicole has received the Leadership in Action Award as well as the Service to Girl Scouting Award. To earn the Service to Girl Scouting Award she helped run an overnight camp. She has also spent a year helping a young troop of Girl Scout Daisies get started. In total, Nicole has completed 184 hours of community service in association with Girl Scouts. In addition, Nicole has earned the three highest awards you can earn as a Girl Scout: the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. Outside of Girl Scouts, she has dedicated 4-20 hours a week at a local nursing home.
To complete her Gold Award project, Nicole partnered with the Penn State student food bank and student farm club to distribute hydroponic kits she created to serve students with food insecurity on the University Park campus.
Megan earned the Service to Girl Scouting Award by partaking in multiple volunteer opportunities like Toys for Tots and helping to run Summer Camp. She has also earned her Bronze Award for building and donating a birdhouse and her Silver Award for presenting a lesson, with a partner, about recycling to a group of elementary students.
Megan completed her Gold Award by giving multiple solo presentations to elementary school classes about the environment, creating crafts with them out of reusable/recycled goods, and creating an upcycling website.
Ann has been in Girl Scouts with Troop 41183 for the past 11 years. Ann’s favorite trip with Girl Scouts was a Destinations trip to Peru where she visited an orphanage, spent four days hiking in the Andes Mountains, and saw Machu Picchu. Ann enjoyed helping run Girl Scout camporee for younger girls in our council, earning her the Service to Girl Scouting Award. During Girl Scouts, she attended several camps, completed many badges, and earned her Bronze, Silver, and Gold awards.
Ann’s Gold Award Project was a series of classes teaching fifth grade students about environmental issues and helping them construct Blue Bird houses which were put up throughout out community.
Present at the award ceremony were Judge Katherine Oliver, Centre County Court of Common Pleas; Harry Zimbler, Rotarian, International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians; Katie Hickmann, Recruitment Chair, Alpha Phi Omega; Lynne Corl, State College Elks; Commandant Terrie Hinrickson, Nittany Leathernecks; Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Rep. Scott Conklin, Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Congressman Glenn Thompson, United States House of Representatives; and Sheriff Bryan Sampsel, Sheriff of Centre County.