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Girl Scouts 2018 Gold Award Honorees
Aug 02, 2018

Local Girl Scouts Earn Gold Award

Girl Scouts 2018 Gold Award Honorees

Nine Monmouth County Girl Scouts received the Girl Scout Gold Award from The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. The award is the highest award a Girl Scout can receive, and the most difficult award to earn in all scouting.

The honor is earned by less than six percent of Girl Scouts annually and requires girls to demonstrate leadership skills by tackling a community or global issue. A minimum of 80 hours of community service was required for each of the following projects:

Ariana Atkinson of Freehold, Garden for the Needy: Ariana addressed the need for emergency food among the less fortunate, disabled and unemployed. She planted a garden at a local YMCA; donated the vegetables to Freehold Open Door; and hosted food drives to supplement the produce.

Emily Chang of Holmdel, Skating Promotes Fitness and Good Health: Emily raised awareness about obesity. As a figure skater, she promoted the sport as an aerobic workout. She organized an event with free half-hour lessons, a public skate session, and recruited skaters for an exhibition.

Dana Elderhorst of Fair Haven, Be Your Best Self: Dana worked with a school nurse and principal to learn specific hygiene needs of fourth grade girls. She developed a program for the girls, and also obtained donations from local retailers.

Julia Hamwi of Holmdel, Limitless Recycling Workshop: Julia organized a “green” workshop with guest speakers, educational displays, crafts and games. Participants were required to bring gently worn shoes for ShoeBox Recycling.

Daphne Lombardi of Freehold, Erudition on Diabetes: Daphne raised awareness about juvenile diabetes by creating a mural about the condition – now displayed in a local medical office. She shared her presentation with family, friends and church youth groups.

Anika Patel of Holmdel, A Day of Beauty: Anika helped others feel beautiful and confident by organizing a day at a school for disabled children, providing beauty services such as nails, hair and makeup, conducted by her team of peers.

Emma Singleton of Fair Haven, The Crescendo Initiative: Emma’s goal was to provide musical instruments and instruction to underprivileged children, and to increase interest in musical education. She gave weekly instruction to children at the Boys and Girls Club of Red Bank.

Julia Wagner of Fair Haven: BEE Aware! Julia installed and caring for two honeybee hives at a property that grows food for Lunch Break. She presented her experience at two schools, teaching students that honeybees are important to the environment.

Ashley Yu of Holmdel: We Can Cook! Ashley addressed cooking as a crucial life skill for the special needs population. She taught cooking classes to special needs adults, reorganized their group kitchen; raised funds to purchase wish list items; and created a cookbook for her students.

To learn about Girl Scouts, visit or call 800-785-2090.