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Going Gold and Staying Bold!


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 a book.

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 drives.

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 these fields.

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 accessory displays.

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 of Lincoln.

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.