Colo. House of Rep. recognize record number of Gold Award recipients, highest award in Girl Scouts


Girl Scout Gold Award
Girl Scout Gold Award
  • Girl Scout Gold Award
    Girl Scout Gold Award
    Girl Scout Gold Award
    Girl Scout Gold Award

On Monday, April 9, Colorado’s House of Representatives will break from traditional business to honor a record number of 72 Girl Scouts from across the state receiving the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts. This recognition will take place shortly after the session opens at 10 a.m. Approximately 25 Girl Scouts from cities across the Front Range will be present. Each Girl Scout receiving the Gold Award has demonstrated exceptional commitment to taking action to make the world a better place through community service.

“Girl Scouts of Colorado serves 30,000 girls, and it’s quite an accomplishment to be one of only 72 girls in the state this year to earn this distinguished award,” said Stephanie Foote, interim president and CEO of Girl Scouts of Colorado. “These girls are leaders among their peers, showing the world that girls can do anything and make a difference.”

The Gold Award culminates with a project led by one young woman of high school age who builds a purpose-based team to work with the larger community to meet a need. The focus of a Girl Scouts’ Gold Award project is identifying a community issue that she is passionate about, researching the issue, developing a plan to address the issue in cooperation with her team and community members, establishing a global connection with others and providing sustainability for the project. Of the skills learned through Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards, leadership, organization and critical thinking are the fundamentals of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.

This year’s Colorado Gold Award projects benefited communities across the world. Project topics varied from helping youth become more involved in the community to raising awareness of the importance of organ donation, sparking kids’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), and teaching youth how to balance their health and busy lifestyles. There were also projects on Internet safety, the dangers of texting while driving, bullying prevention, self-defense, immigration and protecting the environment. Projects also helped animals, people with special needs and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Girl Scouts of Colorado plans to honor this year’s Gold Award recipients at two Front Range events. The first ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. April 30 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch. The second is May 31, 7 p.m., at the Penrose House Garden Pavilion in Colorado Springs. There are ceremonies that have and will take place in other communities around the state as well.

  • Tia Melizanda Arnold, Highlands Ranch
  • Lyndsey Babcock, Broomfield
  • Sonali Sarah Bhattacharya, Colorado Springs
  • Samantha Bowles, Lakewood
  • Leanne Marie Buikema, Englewood
  • Brittany Ann Clark, Highlands Ranch
  • Elisabeth Marie Coco, Colorado Springs
  • Erin Kathleen Connors, Denver
  • Amanda Lynne Davis, Evergreen
  • Rebecca Derryberry, Colorado Springs
  • Kate Draeger, Colorado Springs
  • Amanda Christine Dugan, Pueblo
  • Alyssa Ellison, Aurora
  • Katelyn Erbeck, Littleton
  • Michelle Ernst, Denver
  • Carly Fabian, Littleton
  • Cassidy Grace Fahey, Colorado Springs
  • Kaitlyn Fast, Centennial
  • Grace E. Forrey, Broomfield
  • Nicole Fry, Severance
  • Nicole Gardner, Westminster
  • Ester Jewell Gilbert, Littleton
  • Elizabeth Glover, Colorado Springs
  • Christylynne Grenz, Centennial
  • Elizabeth Jayne Guy, Monument
  • Emily Patricia Guy, Monument
  • Lia Hankla, Lafayette
  • Lauren Hatch, Highlands Ranch
  • Ashley Laura Hauck, Aurora
  • Salome Heil, Colorado Springs
  • Rachel Marie Hernandez, Colorado Springs
  • Falicia Hodges, Lakewood
  • Amy Holcomb, Colorado Springs
  • Karen Holcomb, Colorado Springs
  • Jessica Wrae Hull, Montrose
  • Kaitlin Jaros, Boulder
  • Becca Jones, Colorado Springs
  • Tara Jurgensmeyer, Longmont
  • Sara Knoedler, Greeley
  • Morgan Levy, Aurora
  • Kate Linhart, Littleton
  • Sarah Lukas, Castle Rock
  • Elizabeth McJannet-Bratton, Erie
  • Breanna Dawn Moak, Lakewood
  • Nicole Moes, Centennial
  • Angela Natrasevschi, Fort Collins
  • Rachel Nelson, Colorado Springs
  • Savanah Nelson, Littleton
  • Elysia Lynne Newton, Westminster
  • Diana Patricia Ormond, Littleton
  • Patricia Diana Ormond, Littleton
  • Melanie Pavel, Englewood
  • Katelynn Pettingill, Lakewood
  • Jessie Reese, Centennial
  • Selina Rendleman, Colorado Springs
  • Rachel Rivera, Colorado Springs
  • Crystal Marie Roen, Parker
  • Katie Rose, Niwot
  • Elizabeth Rose Roths, Fort Collins
  • Alyssa Rozendaal, Arvada
  • Darian Sanchez, Colorado Springs
  • Julia Secor, Greenwood Village
  • Hope Seitz, Thornton
  • Brianna Shuler, Lafayette
  • Alea Tebbe, Highlands Ranch
  • Morgan Vaughan, Thornton
  • Stephanie Villars, Highlands Ranch
  • Tasha R. Waterman, Littleton
  • Victoria Weber, Parker
  • Sydney Wegner, Colorado Springs
  • Kailyn Faye Witonsky, Littleton
  • Zahra Yousofi, Bellvue

About Girl Scouts of Colorado

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Colorado makes it easy, meaningful and fun for girls and volunteers to grow as leaders. We provide a safe place for girls to explore their world – from science, technology and the environment to healthy living, anti-bullying and financial literacy. For 100 years, Girl Scouting has been helping each girl develop her personal leadership skills and make friends that last a lifetime. Girl Scouts is also a great place to enhance job skills and give back to your community as an adult volunteer. In fact, we serve 30,000 girl members and 9,000 adult volunteers across Colorado! New to Girl Scouts are the flexible pathways for participation for both girls and adult volunteers. Come learn more about how you can be part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience during our historic Year of the Girl 100th anniversary in 2012 by visiting, calling 1-877-404-5708 or emailing