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Honoring Three Exceptional Girl Scouts


Every year, we honor outstanding Nebraska Girl Scouts for their extraordinary leadership. Like all Gold Award recipients, these young women took matters into their own hands, generated sustainable change in their communities and made the world a better place!

This year’s “Pat Meyer Nebraska Young Women of Distinction” was awarded to Michaela Lentsch of Omaha, and Michaela Ott and Anna Vaughn of Blair during Spirit of Nebraska’s annual meeting.

These girls inspire us and make us proud!

Michaela Lentsch focused her Gold Award project on remodeling the Lost and Found Clothing Center at Trinity United Methodist Church in Ralston. She built rolling displays and tiered shelves, sewed valances, made new signs, painted a mural, provided toys for the children’s area, bought new storage totes, created bulletin boards and bought new accessory displays. Because of Michaela’s hard work, those who shop at the center can easily find fashionable and affordable clothing.

Michaela Ott wanted her Gold Award to encourage physical fitness in a way that would be interesting and fun. Ott designed and built a Human Foosball arena at Camp Fontanelle in Fontanelle, Neb. The human-sized replica of the popular recreational game promotes teamwork, coordination and physical activity. Michaela publicized the arena through fliers and her fitness blog.

Anna Vaughn saw the need for change after discovering that the preemie hats provided to local hospitals came in one generic size. Realizing that these tiny babies come in all sizes, she devoted her Gold Award project to keeping preemies warm. Anna and her team of devoted volunteers made wooden knitting looms in several sizes. She taught the group to knit and soon had more than 1,000 hats to donate to area hospitals.

If you earn your Gold Award and would like to know how your Take Action project can be considered for the “Pat Meyer Nebraska Young Women of Distinction Award,” read our flyer here.