Recap: North Area High Awards Ceremony

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In late March, our council began a season of celebration and held the first of three High Awards Ceremonies. The ceremony was held at the Bristol Train Station in the northern region of our council, and we were so excited to see so many familiar faces! We are ecstatic to recognize our Bronze, Silver, and Gold recipients for this year – girls who have worked hard to achieve their goals and inspired us all in the process.


The Bronze Award

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Girls come together as a team to plan and complete a service project that makes a lasting impact on their community.

2017 Bronze Award Recipients

Troop 104
Troop 168
Troop 204
Troop 489
Troop 20240

The Silver Award

The Girl Scout Silver Award – the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can achieve – gives girls the chance to do big things and make their community better in the process. Girls can work together as a team or pursue the award as an individual.

2017 Silver Award Recipients

Troop 489 | “Sew Much Love”

This troop made stuffed animals to give to children that have been in crisis. Whether a car accident or house fire, the troop wanted to give something to children in need to help them feel safe and comfortable.

Alayna Combs
Whitley Johnson
Hayley Musick
Abigail Yates

Brittany Freni | “Volunteering at Oak Ridge Animal Shelter”

Brittany raised awareness of the need for volunteers and pet adoptions at the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter. She also donated items to the shelter.

Alex Stone | “Compete to Clothe”

Alex collected clothes for underserved people in her community by setting out bins at her school that each grade level could use to contribute donations. She turned it into a competition to get the students excited about participating.

Alexus Vanover | “Caroling for Cans”

Alexus helped people in her community enjoy a holiday meal by collecting cans from local grocery stores and by Christmas caroling door-to-door. Younger Girl Scouts helped her make food baskets, and she could serve 12 families with all the collected goods.

The Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges them to change the world – or at least their corner of it. By the time the final touches are put on a seven-step project, they have solved a community problem, not only in the short term, but also for years into the future.

2017 Gold Award Recipients


Isabella Gates

Troop 12 | Sullivan East High School

Daughter of Charlotte and Joe Gates

“Furry Fest”

Belle worked with the Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter and the Washington County Humane Society to put on “Furry Fest,” an adoption and money-earning event. There were four animals adopted and $800 worth of food and other supplies raised. Belle hopes to attend ETSU and she has been a Girl Scout for 12 years.





Rachel Stiner

Troop 20127 | Anderson County High School

Daughter of Derrick and Melissa Stiner

“Stiner’s Helping Hands”

To bring awareness to child abuse in her community, Rachel collected Christmas items for children at the Campbell County Children’s Center, a treatment facility for physically or sexually abused children. She also distributed pamphlets, pencils, bracelets, and contact information that victims could use to report abuse or seek help. She stressed the importance of how “hands should be used for helping others and not hurting.” She plans to start college in the fall. Rachel has been a Girl Scout for 13 years.




Taylor Lee Thompson

Troop 396 | Marion Senior High School

Daughter of William and Tracy Thompson

“Kits 4 Kids”

Kits 4 Kids provides comfort items and necessities to children in the Smyth County Foster Care System, giving them a sense of stability. Taylor Lee created a website and social media accounts, and spoke to community groups, churches, and businesses about donating items to her project. She created 44 kits consisting of toys, art supplies, books, comfort objects, toiletries, and other age/gender-specific items. She will attend the University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins University, or Baylor University in the fall. Taylor Lee has been a Girl Scout for 12 years.



Laken Wilson

Troop 263 | Volunteer High School

Daughter of Jill Read

“The World Through Their Eyes”

Laken planned and held an art show at Volunteer High School made up of work by its students. This helped build artists’ confidence and gain exposure in the artistic community. It gave students the chance to show their art in a public place without fear of being ridiculed or ignored. Laken plans to go to Pratt Institute to study architecture. She has been a Girl Scout for 12 years.

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