Recap: South Area High Awards Ceremony

Recap: South Area High Awards Ceremony

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Sunday was our second of three High Awards Ceremonies for this season, and we were excited to welcome and recognize many hardworking Girl Scouts for earning one of the highest awards.
The ceremony was held at the Chattanooga Choo Choo in the southern region of our council. 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.
Here’s a quick recap of the awards given!

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 40505

Troop 40118

Troop 41007

Troop 40182

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

Carina Miller | “Trunk or Trinket for Food Allergy Awareness”

Carina raised awareness about food allergies by educating people in her community about kids like her who have food allergies. She shared news about the Teal Pumpkin Project and spent a year collecting non-food items for kids to receive on Halloween. She partnered with a local organization to hand out the treats to kids who couldn’t have candy.

Lilly Ann Schussler | “Rescue Me Dog Items”

Lilly Ann created a program educating people on the importance of adopting shelter pets. She also donated items to animal shelters around Chattanooga.

Alaina Washington | “Early Literacy”

Alaina worked with two and three-year-old students at the Avondale Early Head Start Center to better prepare them socially and mentally to enter school. She read to the kids, strengthened their vocabularies, played her flute, created a children’s book about manners, introduced the kids to new things, and helped them develop social skills.

Troop 40507 | “Book Drive for Hillcrest Elementary” | Abby Nunley, Savannah Petree, and Victoria Robison

Abby, Savannah, and Victoria collected new and used books for Hillcrest Elementary School.

Troop 40507 | “Chattanooga Can Collection” | Alex Robison

Ashlyn and Alex collected over 800 cans of food to donate to Room at the Inn, a center for mothers and children who have escaped abusive relationships.

Troop 40507 | “Nooga Soccer Locker” | Emma Folsom
Lacey and Emma partnered with Chattanooga Sports Ministries to collect and distribute soccer gear to kids who want to play sports but can’t afford all the equipment. Items were distributed to 150 kids who participated in the CSM summer soccer program.

Troop 40535 | “Music Appreciation Cart” | Hope Hall and Grace Steele
To educate children about music and provide interactive learning experiences, Haley, Lily, Hope, and Grace created a music cart for a local pre-school. They made and shopped for preschool-friendly instruments and created song cards.

Troop 41587 | “Crochet Baby Hats” | Megan Turner
Kurstyn and Megan made 120 crochet baby hats for babies at Erlanger Hospital. They made them as a gift for mothers and their newborns to show the love of their Girl Scout troop to the community.

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

Dana McCormack

Troop 40255 | Signal Mountain Middle/High School

Daughter of Steve and Kathy McCormack

“Growing Girls with STEM”

Dana created lesson plans for 2nd-4th graders about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. With these lesson plans, she organized a STEM camp at her local community center to reach young girls. These lesson plans, along with safety and teaching tips, were posted on Dana’s website so that others can recreate the STEM camp. All equipment and materials from the camp were donated to her local brand of Girls Inc. She is a high school junior and plans to pursue a career in biochemistry. She has been a Girl Scout for 12 years.



Virginia Grace Olinger

Troop 40814 | Bledsoe County High School

Daughter of Susan and David Olinger


Ginny Grace worked with local government, businesses, and chambers of commerce to promote tourism in Pikeville by developing and implementing a self-guided walking tour of local sites of interest for visitors. She is a high school junior. Virginia has been a Girl Scout for 13 years.





Gold Award Scholarship Recipient
Mary Eliza Hendricks – GSCSA Scholarship


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