Recap: Central Area High Awards Ceremony, Part 2

Recap: Central Area High Awards Ceremony, Part 2

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Here is part 2 of our final High Awards Ceremonies for 2017! We were thrilled to welcome and recognize the girls who had earned Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards this year. The ceremony was held at the Knoxville Museum of Art in the central region of our council.

Here’s a quick recap of the Gold Award recipients who were recognized! For Bronze and Silver, see our previous post!

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



Nancy Pont Briant

Troop 20014, Oak Ridge High School, Daughter of Eileen and Craig Pont-Briant

“Keep ‘Em Safe, Please Vaccinate”

Nancy learned to sew and made 45 dog and cats beds for the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter. She also built a website that reminds pet owners to vaccinate their pets, educates them on the dangers of distemper, and shows what they can do for their local animal shelter. She plans to study Biomedical Engineering in college. Nancy has been a Girl Scout for 13 years.




Lorna Wood

Troop 20749, Farragut High School, Daughter of Nathan and Gina Wood

“The Arts Matter!”

Lorna partnered with the BEAM Foundation to develop new art and music curriculum for their summer programs for at-risk youth. Her goal was to increase interest and enrollment in the programs by creating engaging and challenging classes that could be re-used. She also created art and music instructional binders, a PowerPoint presentation for the music classes, and a promotional DVD to use for program fundraising. Lorna continues to teach at the Saturday school each summer. She will attend Lipscomb University in the fall. Lorna has been a Girl Scout for 10 years.





Rebecca Loveless

Individually-Registered Girl Scout | J. Frank White Academy

Daughter of Michael and Patti Loveless

“Giving to SMCH”

Rebecca worked with the Smoky Mountains Children’s Home in Sevierville to collect items for foster children across East Tennessee. Over three months, Rebecca collected more than $3,000 in donations, and she also worked with Cumberland Gap Service Unit to inspire girls to earn their Girl Scout awards and help their communities. She will attend High Point University and pursue a degree in mathematics. Rebecca has been a Girl Scout for 11 years.



Caroline Pope

Troop 20939 | Maryville High School

Daughter of Albert and Jill Pope

“Animals in Your Neck of the Woods”

Caroline redesigned the night tour at Zoo Knoxville to focus on local animals. She also worked with local elementary school teachers to create educational materials about local animals and meet state standards in science and language. She also set up a website to distribute her materials. She is a sophomore in high school and plans on pursuing a major in classical archaeology with a minor in violin performance. She has been a Girl Scout for 10 years.




Margaret Compton

Troop 236 | Sullivan South High School

Daughter of Jennifer and Daniel Compton

“Archiving System for the Netherland Inn House Museum and Complex”

Beth helped the Netherland Inn, a historic house museum in Kingsport, Tennessee, set up computer software cataloging its collection. She raised money to buy the software and photographed and entered data about each of the objects in the inn’s parlor. In the future, the entire collection will be included in the catalog. She currently studies vocal performance at Lipscomb University. Beth has been a Girl Scout for 13 years.




Sascha Richey

Troop 20976 | Hardin Valley Academy

Daughter of Tina and Mark Richey,

“A Habitat for Horse Haven”

Sascha planned and built a new pen for the miniature horse mascot of Horse Haven of Tennessee. She cleaned up the area for the pen, cut the pickets by hand, painted them, and installed the fence posts and pickets. Her pen is the first thing that visitors see on the property, and it creates a welcoming atmosphere and represents the values and mission of Horse Haven. She is currently undecided about where she will attend college, but she has been accepted to the Chancellor’s Honors Program at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Sascha has been a Girl Scout for 12 years.



Hailey Goad

Troop 20939 | Heritage High School

Daughter of Diana and Brian Goad

“5K Against Melanoma”

Hailey raised awareness about skin cancer with the Blount County Melanoma Awareness 5K, a race inspired by one of her Girl Scout volunteers who has been diagnosed with melanoma three times. The race consisted of sponsor booths, door prizes, and awards for top participants. She hopes to attend the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She has been a Girl Scout for 11 years.





Rachel Martin

Troop 20939 | Heritage High School

Daughter of John and Lora Martin

“Rachel’s Recovery Bags and Blankets”

Rachel put together bags for chemotherapy patients to ease treatment side effects and provide comfort. She included Get Well cards and bookmarks made by local Brownie troops. She also learned to knit, knitted more than 60 hats, and made fleece blankets for the patients. She plans to attend Tennessee Tech University in 2018. Rachel has been a Girl Scout for 11 years.




Madalyn Buchanan

Troop 20617 | Morristown-Hamblen High School East

Daughter of Amanda Buchanan

“Hoops for a Change”

Madalyn turned a run-down tennis court at Kingwood Home for Children into a double basketball all-purpose court. She also restored and provided benches and basketball equipment. Madalyn’s project filled a great need at the home and will be enjoyed for many for years to come. She will attend Walters State. Madalyn has been a Girl Scout for 13 years.




Julia Duckworth

Troop 20265 | Sevier County High School

Daughter of Morgan and Sheron Duckworth

“Murals for the Sevier County Food Ministry”

Julia painted the walls of the Sevier County Food Ministry to reflect the community and the Smoky Mountains. She hoped to uplift people who come to the ministry and those who work there. She also created a children’s coloring book and posters depicting “good choices” and “portion sizes.” She plans to attend the University of Tennessee Knoxville in the fall. Julia has been a Girl Scout for 13 years.





Lauren Dickerson

Troop 20749 | Farragut High School

Daughter of James and Deborah Dickerson

“Carts for the Arts”

Lauren built two large carts for the Farragut marching band to use when travelling to away games and competitions. The carts provide better storage and transportation for the band’s hat boxes. She will attend Auburn University in the fall. Lauren has been a Girl Scout for 12 years.






Eleni Christopoulos

Troop 21068 | Knoxville Catholic High School

Daugther of Paraskevi and Xrisanthe Christopoulos

“Memories of Angels”

Eleni’s project provided East Tennessee Children’s Hospital a way to honor babies who were too fragile for the world. She worked with Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to create wooden memory boxes for the families in need. The boxes can be used to store items like blankets, foot prints, and pictures. Eleni is a high school freshman and has been a Girl Scout for 10 years.



Morgan Lewelling

Troop 21069 | South-Doyle High School

Daughter of John and Nancy Lewelling

“Organized Doggies”

Morgan replaced two small sign-out boards at the Young-Williams Animal Center with two larger, more organized boards. She also built four cleaning stations to store cleaning supplies and other items in each of the center’s dog pods. Cleanup processes at the shelter are much more organized now, as everything has a place. She currently attends Pellissippi State Community College and hopes to become a trauma registered nurse or a flight nurse. She has been a Girl Scout for 12 years.





Rebecca Richter

Troop 20961 | L&N STEM Academy

Daughter of Stefan and Stephanie Richter

“Boredom Boxes”

Isabel made activity boxes for patients at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville. The boxes covered several age ranges and were created to engage children while they wait on treatment. Isabel is studying Psychology and Criminal Justice at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Isabel has been a Girl Scout for 10 years.




Paula Morris

Troop 20888 | Farragut High School

Daughter of Bob and Kim Morris

“Donations for Teens in Foster Care”

Paula enlisted the help of her church, Faith Lutheran, to collect items for teens in foster care. She collected items for boys and girls including clothes, shoes, personal care items, makeup, socks, hair products, and more. The items were donated to the Department of Children’s Services in Knoxville, allowing teens to pick out items they want when beginning foster care. Paula hopes to attend ETSU when she graduates from high school. Paula has been a Girl Scout for 11 years.





Megan Dunn

Troop 21069 | Alcoa High School

Daughter of Pat and Sharon Dunn

“Toys for Pups”

Megan made toys, blankets, and a storage unit for the animals at Young-Williams Animal Center. She also made instruction sheets for anyone who wants to also make an donate toys to the center. She will attend the University of Tennessee in the fall. Megan has been a Girl Scout for 12 years.





Chloe Clark

Troop 20749 | Hardin Valley Academy

Daughter of Keith and Ronda Clark

“Feral Feline Cat Shelters”
Chloe built two feral cat shelters for Feral Feline Friends of East Tennessee. These shelters are meant to protect cats from forming colonies in dangerous places and provide a safe, dry spot to live. She also worked with her church to collect cat food to donate. She will attend Pellissippi State Community College in the fall. Chloe has been a Girl Scout for 12 years.






Ashley Gibson

Troop 20749 | Farragut High School

Daughter of Randy and Sheila Gibson

“Care Kits and Fleece Blankets for Children with Cystic Fibrosis”

Ashley collected items to build care kits for children in the hospital for cystic fibrosis treatments. She also collected fleece fabric to make tie blankets to brighten their days and keep them warm while in the hospital. She will attend Lipscomb University in the fall. Ashley has been a Girl Scout for 11 years.




Hannah Roberts

Troop 20256, Berean Christian School

Daughter of Michael and Kimberly Roberts

“The Eagle’s View”

Hannah started a newspaper at her small high school by seeking out talented students and incorporating her own love of writing and creativity. This project opened her eyes to the hidden passions of her peers, while bringing her closer to a unique group of individuals. She hopes to continue this newspaper project next year and seek out fresh ways to bring her school closer together. She would like to study creative writing, graphic design, and photography in college. She has been a Girl Scout for 10 years.





Hannah Knight

Troop 20256 | Berean Christian School

Daughter of Tim and Sara Knight

“Activity Centers for Camp BaYoCa”

Hannah gathered a team and built two new activity centers for Camp BaYoCa, a Southern Baptist youth camp. Thousands of campers will be encouraged to get active and play at the new Octoball and Nine Square centers she built. She is considering studying nursing at Lincoln Memorial University. Hannah has been a Girl Scout for eight years.





Hannah Mayfield

Troop 21069 | South Doyle High School

Daughter of Joseph and Shonda Mayfield

“Epilepsy Awareness”

Hannah held informational presentations for teachers and students to raise awareness about epilepsy. Presentations included an instructional video on how to give first aid to someone having an epileptic seizure. She will attend the Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University in the fall. She has been a Girl Scout for 12 years.





Brianna Saylor

Troop 20888 | Hardin Valley Academy

Daughter of Brian and Tricia Saylor

“Wild Adaptations”

Brianna created a lesson plan for the “Bedtime with the Beasts” program at Zoo Knoxville. The reusable lesson teaches kids and young adults about adaptations and conservation of plants and animals at Zoo Knoxville. She plans on attending college after high school. Brianna has been a Girl Scout for 11 years.





Danielle Wooten 

Troop 20014 | Oak Ridge High School

Daughter of Anthony and Betty Wooten

“A Journey Through FMCOR”

Danielle educated the community on the history of the Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge. She video interviewed key volunteers and created a picture wall and scrapbook of events that had taken place at the clinic. She will attend Harding University in the fall. Danielle has been a Girl Scout for 10 years.





Gold Award Scholarship Recipients

Allison Campbell: Academic Scholarship
Lorna Wood: GSCSA Scholarship
Rebecca Loveless: GSCSA Scholarship
Ashley Gibson: GSCSA Scholarship
Madalyn Buchanan: GSCSA Scholarship

One Response

  1. Gail Yook

    Melissa- Thank you, thank you for a wonderful job of highlighting the girls who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award!!! I love seeing the girls in uniform and being able to read a description of their projects. Would it be possible to make this into a composite picture to be hung in the office? Since this is for the central area of the council, It would be wonderful if the pictures and the girls names could be in the News Sentinel. Maybe this could be done for each area of the council with the appropriate newspapers.

    It is beautiful to see this form of recognition, and would be very meaningful if it could be made easier to access. Thank you again!!!

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