At a ceremony May 15 at Queens University of Charlotte, the Girl Scout Hornets' Nest Council honored the Gold Award winners for the region. The Gold Award is the Girl Scouts' highest recognition, awarded to members who lead a project that benefits their community.
The following Girl Scouts from the north Charlotte area have been named Gold Award recipients:
Cameron Crump of Charlotte is the daughter of Marilyn and Carlton Crump. Cameron's Gold project, Clothing thy Neighbors, originally focused on supporting the Harvest Center, a local shelter. She recruited friends to help canvass the neighborhood, educating people on the needs while offering to pick up any clothing they cared to donate. More than 100 outfits were collected.
Isabel Fee of Charlotte is the daughter of Tracey and David Fee. Isabel and her team led art classes for residents of Aldersgate Assisted Living Center to address the need for cognitive stimulation for older citizens who are secluded from the rest of the community and have limited resources. At the end of the summer, Isabel held an art show to showcase residents' work. Aldersgate was so impressed with the residents' attendance and enthusiasm they have recruited her to develop more art programs.
Catherine Howell of Charlotte is the daughter of Maria and John Howell. For her project, Positive Influence of Dance, with Confidence, Catherine held a dance camp for other girls in an effort to build higher self-esteem and confidence in girls ages 10-14. Catherine was amazed to see the girls go from being shy and nervous at first to opening up to each other, to speaking out and teaching each other at the end of the project.
Megan Lord of Charlotte is the daughter of Jill and Bill Lord. Megan's project, Books First! Book Collection, focused on collecting books for low-income children. More than 800 books were collected for Books First!, an organization that distributes new and gently used books to schools around the country with limited resources. Although the task appeared daunting at first, she said, she is very happy she was able to make a difference in children's lives.
Olivia Osborne of Charlotte is the daughter of Veda and Walter Osborne. For her Gold Award project, Olivia coordinated a Valentine's social for The Laurels, a retirement nursing home community. Olivia is very attached to The Laurels because of the fond memories she and her grandfather shared while he was a resident. The residents enjoyed the event and were delighted Olivia and her friends cared enough to provide them such a magnificent event.
Bansari Patel of Charlotte is the daughter of Daxa and Nagesh Patel. Bansari chose to focus on diversity for her Gold Award project by spreading the culture of India. Bansari, whose roots are in India, held a series of events for younger Girl Scouts in which she and her volunteers led various activities for the younger girls.
Sophia Spach of Davidson is the daughter of Gail and Robert Spach. For her project, Sophia channeled her passion for videography to produce a documentary highlighting UMAR, the United Methodist Church Agency that supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The idea for her project came from her friendship with residents of Barnabus Home, a group home built and run by UMAR. The documentary already has spurred the community to action and given a voice to a little-known organization, with more than 400 hits on YouTube and 200 DVDs distributed.
Lauren Spoeneman of Davidson is the daughter of Connie and Chris Spoeneman. For her project, Treated with Care, Lauren teamed with the Friends of Santa Claus program in a rural area outside Asheville. This organization supports children undergoing cancer treatments. Lauren and her volunteers created 32 care baskets filled with items including quilted blankets, toiletries, games, crafts and books.
Shannon Standish of Charlotte is the daughter of Ellen and William Standish. For her project, Shannon created her own design build firm, Celtic Construction, to create and build the low-challenge-course shelter at Oak Springs. The shelter includes both storage and seating areas where girls will process their challenge course experience. In addition, Shannon created butterflies made from recycled aluminum cans and hung them from the rafters of the shelter.
Jordan Stubbs of Huntersville is the daughter of Alice and Allan Stubbs. For her project, Freedom Footage, Jordan created a documentary video of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Jordan's inspiration for her project was Dom Patti, a World War II veteran in Huntersville who has been unable to travel to the memorial. Her video includes interviews with veterans visiting the memorial for the first time with Honor Flight, an organization that transports veterans to visit the memorials that honor their service and sacrifice. The documentary has been distributed to her local Rotary Club, and Jordan will continue to share it within the community.
Megan Sullivan of Huntersville is the daughter of Kathryn Chapman. Megan wanted to help the local animal shelter by collecting items it needed. She also wanted to raise awareness for pet owners to help in the reduction of unwanted pets. Through a Bark-A-Thon 5K run, Megan was able to let the community know about the local animal shelter and its needs. She placed signage along the trail so that the runners could read about the shelter and receive statistical facts about pets in the area. She received many donations to help the shelter keep the animals healthy and happy.
Maggie Teten of Charlotte is the daughter of Virginia Rappold and Carl Teten. A student at Mallard Creek High School, Maggie organized a beautification project at her school. Maggie selected plantings that would endure the dramatic changes in weather and inattention of students while school is not in session.