They are the Girl Scout elite. Girls who dig down and do what it
takes to earn their Gold Award are committed to the greater good, and
their achievements cannot be overstated. This year, 11 young women in
Nebraska were honored for reaching this Girl Scout milestone, and we
recently recognized their contributions at ceremonies across the state.
The 2007 recipients are Sophie Bredensteiner, Gretna; Stacia Burkey,
Hebron; Haley DeWitt, La Vista; Alisha Fisher, Sterling; Maria Kohel,
Lincoln; Jill Ruane, Papillion; Natalie Schieuer, Walton; Linnea
Vogel, Palmer; and Amanda Dickerson, Amanda Gregory and Michaela
Lentsch of Omaha.
The Gold Award is earned by high school girls who demonstrate
extraordinary leadership. They recognize a community problem, create
solutions, share their vision, build teams, implement complex and
multi-layered projects, and make their corner of the world a better
place. The Gold Award also requires that girls address how their
efforts can be supported in the future by putting processes in place
for the continued evolution of their work.
“Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is a remarkable achievement that
takes perseverance, skill and leadership,” said Fran Marshall, Chief
Executive Officer, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. “Each recipient has
challenged herself to think big and act with compassion, and the
results are thoughtful and sustainable change in our communities.”
The name of the award has changed over the years, but it remains the
pinnacle of a girl’s Girl Scouting legacy. Millions of women have
successfully answered the call to “Go Gold,” which indelibly marks
them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.
Inspired? You should be! Find out how you can Go
Gold with Girl Scouts, or create your own legacy of lasting change
by making a donation to our council.
Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska’s
2017 Gold Award Recipients
Sophie Bredensteiner of Gretna
Sophie created a map and directory of the New
Pennsylvania pioneer cemetery and state historic site near
Gretna. Her project evolved to include updating online
resources to connect descendants of those buried at the
cemetery, setting up a sign and compiling the information into
Stacia Burkey of Hebron
Stacia, a 17-time blood donor, identified a need for
more donations in her community. She organized a local drive,
educated younger girls on the importance of donating, and
encouraged area organizations and troops to arrange blood
Haley DeWitt of La Vista
Recognizing the need to provide brain stimulation for
aging adults, Haley raised money to purchase games for
Hillcrest Mable Rose assisted living and memory support
facility. She volunteered twice a month at the facility to
lead the games and assembled activity bags for residents.
Amanda Dickerson of Omaha
After noticing that few girls in her community were
interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
(STEM), Amanda wanted to educate young girls about STEM
opportunities. She created an annual program for upper
elementary and middle school girls to foster their interest in
Alisha Fisher of Sterling
Alisha hosted a four-day camp teaching first through
fourth graders about the scientific method. The students
worked together to conduct experiments that included making
bouncy balls and slime, learning how dye changes the color of
flower petals and studying rain.
Amanda Gregory of Omaha
Amanda collaborated with the Bellevue Rod and Reel Club
to create and install fish habitats made of plastic tubing,
cement and cinder blocks in ponds suffering from habitat loss.
The ponds are used to educate children about wildlife and safe
fishing practices, and will be monitored to evaluate the
impact on fish populations.
Maria Kohel of Lincoln
Maria focused her work on Huntington Elementary School
where she landscaped the schoolyard to give the students a
cheerful place to play. She then created educational folders
to provide a fun way to learn and started a free library so
students could share their books.
Michaela Lentsch of Omaha
Michaela remodeled the Lost and Found Clothing Center
at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ralston. She built
rolling displays and tiered shelves, sewed valances, made
signs, painted a mural, provided toys for the children’s area,
bought storage totes, created bulletin boards and bought
Jill Ruane of Papillion
Jill created a community garden for St. Matthew’s
Catholic Church in Bellevue, planting vegetables to share with
the parish and the Stephen Center in South Omaha. She also
incorporated gardening into a local middle school to educate
students and inspire them to plant home vegetable patches.
Natalie Schieuer of Walton
Assisted by volunteers from Pius X Landscaping and Art
clubs, the Godteens group and the Lighthouse after-school
program, Natalie designed, constructed and painted more than
130 wooden door signs for the residents of Ambassador Health
Linnea Vogel of Palmer
Hoping to improve the reading scores of students in a
low-income neighborhood, Linnea created a children’s reading
room and gathered more than 900 books. She also organized a
reading program in which mentor help younger students improve
their reading skills.