At a ceremony at 2 p.m. today at Queens University of Charlotte, the Girl Scout Hornets' Nest Council will honor the Gold Award winners for the region.
The following Girl Scouts from the south Charlotte area have been named Gold Award recipients:
Maria Barrell of Charlotte is the daughter of Leslie and John Barrell. Maria's project, Brightening Up the Day is a Brushstroke Away, brightened the lives of adult members of the Achievement Club at the Autism Service of Mecklenburg County by collecting art supplies and painting a traveling entrance mural..
Ellen Black of Marvin is the daughter of Lee-Anne and Ken Black. For her project, Ellen addressed the issue of electronics being thrown into landfills and the new state law outlawing this practice. Ellen held an electronics drive for Goodwill in which she collected two trailer loads of donations.
Lauren Busman of Waxhaw is the daughter of Tami and Stuart Busman. For her project, Lauren built bluebird houses for the neighborhood nature trail in Waxhaw. Lauren enlisted friends, family and a local Boy Scout troop to build the houses, and involved residents from an assisted living center to stain them.
Lindsay Busman of Waxhaw is the daughter of Tami and Stuart Busman. Lindsay's project, Nursing Home Gardening, involved working with the residents of a local nursing home to build flower and vegetable gardens. She closed her project by recruiting volunteers to help throw a Fourth of July Party.
Morgan Busman of Waxhaw is the daughter of Tami and Stuart Busman. For Morgan's project, Backpacks for Education, Morgan recruited friends and classmates to help fill 160 book bags with school supplies for disadvantaged children in Union County.
Gini Champion of Matthews is the daughter of Sharon and Jeff Champion. For her project, Gini hosted an Older Girl Camporee to show teenagers that Girl Scouting is fun even when you are older. Activities included making blankets and collecting baby items, both of which were donated to Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Elizabeth Clark of Pineville is the daughter of Ellen and Robert Clark. Her Gold project, Children's Educational Community Garden, was developed to provide a four-season garden for children at South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church weekday school.
Veronica Dayton of Indian Trail is the daughter of Janet and Matt Dayton. Veronica's Gold project was called Cookies from the Heart. She taught younger girls the importance of blood donations and how they can help others.
Allyson Harris of Fort Mill is the daughter of Karen and Arthur Harris. Allyson's project, Healthy Habits, started as a collection drive for Lutheran World Relief and other local organizations but turned into a leadership training project. Allyson also demonstrated leadership by recruiting teenage Girl Scouts, teaching them about her project and then encouraging those girls to teach younger Girl Scouts.
Summer Higdon of Matthews is the daughter of Penny and John Higdon. Summer established the Pet Food Pantry in her community. Her project focused on pet owners giving up healthy, wanted pets to shelters because they could no longer afford to feed them. She got the Greater Charlotte Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals involved in determining which owners had the greatest need
Jasmine Johnson of Charlotte is the daughter of Angela and James Johnson. Jasmine's project topic was Beating the War Against Domestic Violence. Jasmine collected school and art supplies for A Child's Place; coordinated a clothing drive; and developed a website that communicated the signs of domestic/date violence and local agencies and contact numbers.
Emily Kravis of Waxhaw is the daughter of Liza and Jeff Kravis. As a volunteer at Carolina P.A.W.S, Emily wanted to create greater awareness of animal homelessness. Emily led about four-dozen Brownies in her "PAUSE for PAWS" event. The younger girls were able to earn their Animal Try-It, learn about animal rescue and donate to a food and supply drive for local rescue groups. Emily created an informational resource that Brownie Troops can use to replicate the event.
Jacquelin Morgan of Waxhaw is the daughter of Michelle and Gary Morgan. Jacquelin worked with Benton Heights Elementary School students to painting a mural; she also involved students from her high school. The elementary students included their handprints and inspirational quotes, while the high school students were able to learn more about those in need in their community.
Danielle Peterson of Matthews is the daughter of Peggy and William Peterson. Danielle's project, Breast Cancer Book for Young Children, was inspired by her troop leader, who had breast cancer. Her leader couldn't find materials to help her explain, in an age-appropriate manner, the disease to her young child. Danielle created a booklet targeted at preschool and elementary ages.
Carli Reynolds of Waxhaw is the daughter of Valerie and Peter Reynolds. Her project, Food for Fido, Cookies for Canines had two distinct parts: a community pet food drive; working with younger Girl Scouts to learn about pet care and making treats for Carolina P.A.W.S.