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Gold Award Girls Recognized with Special Honor


There’s no denying that Girl Scouting is fun. Girls do cool things and build lifelong friendships. We also know that at every Girl Scout’s core, is the drive and commitment for making the world a better place.

This spring, we honored three outstanding Nebraska Girl Scouts for taking action and making a sustainable difference in their communities and beyond!

This year’s “Pat Meyer Nebraska Young Women of Distinction” was awarded to Hannah Wick of Pleasanton, Johnna Halsted of North Platte and Natalie Lingenfelter of Plainview during April’s Spirit of Nebraska annual meeting.

These girls amaze us and make us proud!

Hannah wanted to take a stand against bullying, so she took action in her school when planning her Gold Award project. She focused on how to create a chain reaction of care, kindness and compassion among students. She started a “Take a Walk for Kindness,” created and hung inspirational posters, went from classroom to classroom to talk about kindness, and invited female community leaders to speak about positivity and finding self-worth. Her chain reaction worked! Hannah saw a definite change in how her fellow students treated each other.

Johnna drew from personal experience for her Gold Award project. When someone close to her lost a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), her compassion compelled her to educate her community about SIDS. Johnna made and distributed informational brochures to local doctors’ offices. She also contacted the local hospital and was surprised to discover that its greatest need was for boxes in which infants who died could be respectfully transported. She created padded boxes to meet this need, provided remembrance vases to comfort families at funeral homes and made heart-shaped pillows that were distributed through a national SIDS foundation.

Natalie’s Gold Award project paid tribute to her hometown and its connection to the Alexander Payne film “Nebraska,” which was filmed in Plainview. She organized a collection of memorabilia, including photographs, interviews and more, to chronicle the movie’s impact on the community. She used the collection to design a display for the Plainview Historical Society and Depot Museum. Natalie knew that tying the community to the film would preserve memories that Plainview residents (and movie buffs) will cherish for generations.