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39 northeast Ohio Girl Scouts earn highest award in Girl Scouting

Many of the 39 area winners.

Girl Scouts of North East Ohio (GSNEO) is proud to honor 39 Gold Award Girl Scouts this year.  The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout senior or ambassador may earn.  The Gold Award project challenges girls to identify an unmet need or core issue in their community, research and investigate it, recruit volunteers, and build a team to create a plan to address the issue or need. 

Across northeast Ohio, members of the community are seeing great changes take place.  Elementary schools are receiving valuable STEM resources.  Places of worship are seeing improvements to their buildings and to the safety of their congregations.  Animals have new habitats and resources to support their populations.  These things were all made possible because of Gold Award Girl Scouts!

When compared to non–Girl Scout alums, Gold Award Girl Scouts soar when it comes to seeing themselves as leaders, providing service to others through volunteerism, and having positive attitudes about themselves and the lives they lead. Over 90% of Girl Scouts not only attributed their success in life to Girl Scouts, but they also said they could not have had access to the same experiences anywhere else. 

Nationwide, only five percent of eligible Girl Scouts go for the gold. This year, 39 Gold Award recipients from northeast Ohio will join the ranks of generations of young women who are recognized for making a difference, both locally and globally. It’s not only Girl Scouts who understand the value of the Gold Award. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to Gold Award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces automatically enter the military one rank higher.

There are 14 girls in the Today’s Family coverage area who received the 2022 Girl Scout Gold Award.  Here are the recipients including city and project title:

Bailey Brotz, Madison
Sensory Courtyard at Madison Pre-K
Tyauna Carlgren, Willoughby
Abigail Colbow, Mentor
Connecting Children with Nature Through Art
Katherine Giza, Chardon
Building Multi-Purpose Room for Recovery Home
Nia Guess, Willoughby Hills 
Rain Garden Sustainability and Beautification Project
Celia Hawk, Chagrin Falls
Clothing Swap
Sarah Lynch, Chagrin Falls
Sensory Garden
Emily Morris, Mentor
Plant Seeds to Save the Bees
Abigail Myers, Chardon
Abigail’s Instilling Installation
Jane Peck, Chagrin Falls
Fostering Empowerment in Young Women
Louisa Piotrkowski, Chardon
Book in a Box
Halle Preneta, Chagrin Falls
The Rainbow Choir: An Anthology of LGBTQ+ Youth Voices
Madeline Ramsey, Chagrin Falls
Setting Up a School Compost Bin for the School Kitchen
Shaine Robertson, Cleveland
Camp Collinwood 

Bios and a list of all winners can be found at

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, or learn more about volunteering, please visit