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Outstanding Girl Scouts honored as Young Women of Distinction

11.21 YWOD

Dozens recognized for service to community and making the world a better place

BEDFORD, NH – Nearly 100 Girl Scouts were honored by Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains for their remarkable achievements in making the world a better place at the Young Women of Distinction ceremonies which took place in Bedford on Sunday, Nov. 14.

The Gold Award is earned by Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 who demonstrated extraordinary leadership in developing solutions to local, national and global challenges. They have answered the call to drive lasting, impactful change. They earn college scholarships, demonstrate high educational and career outcomes and are active in their communities. Each spends at least 80 hours in service to their community to change the world for the better – and for good. Twenty-nine Girl Scouts achieved this goal in the 2020-2021 membership year.

Dozens more earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, available to Girl Scout Cadettes in grades 6-8, and the Girl Scout Bronze Award, available to Girl Scout Juniors in grades 4 and 5. Cadettes give at least 50 hours of service, while Juniors give at least 20 hours.

Also honored were the top Girl Scout Cookie entrepreneurs, and Girl Scouts who earned the Journey Summit Award, Community Service Bar, and Service to Girl Scouting Bar.

Patricia K. Mellor, CEO of the council serving girls throughout New Hampshire and Vermont, noted that the awards are the result of leadership, dedication and hard work.

“Today’s celebration is a testament to the dedication and hard work necessary to accomplish the highest achievements in Girl Scouting,” she said. “These remarkable young women are a result of what Girl Scouts offers – programming that develops Girl Scouts of the utmost courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.”

The event was sponsored by Benson Consulting and Delta Dental.

Additional Girl Scouts were honored at a ceremony in Vermont in August, and more will be recognized in January.

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Gold Award recipients honored at this event included:

  • Gabrielle Baron of Hooksett, NH, for her project “Sensory and Me”
  • Kathryn Brennan of Lebanon for her project “Tracey’s Trail.”
  • Rachel Chubb of Pelham, NH, for her project “Essential Orgo”
  • Raquel DeLeo of Bedford, NH, for her project “You Are Stronger Than You Know”
  • Sierra Dinndorf of Bedford, NH, for her project “Historical Bedford Remembered”
  • Morgan Flett of Merrimack, NH, for her project “Merrimack Field Hockey Feeder Program”
  • Amanda Fulton of Amherst, NH, for her project “Helping Bats and Educating Community”
  • Cassandra Guillemette of Monkton, VT, for her project “Monkton Elementary School Compost and Educational Plan”
  • Mansi Mathur of Hudson, NH, for her project “Supporting Teens Mental Health”
  • Tabitha Nugent of Penacook, NH, for her project “Tabitha’s Gold Award for Animals in Shelters”
  • Kaitlin Rocca of Brentwood, NH, for her project “PASUGI – Pay Attention, Speak Up, Get Involved”
  • Evangeline Rockwell of Nashua, NH, for her project “COVID-19 Video Campaign”
  • Meaghan Shepard of Merrimack, NH, for her project “Humane Society Pet Activity Booklet”

Silver Award recipients honored at this event included:

  • Kaelyn Gagnon of Manchester, NH, and Melody Roe of Merrimack, NH – Books and Baking Kits.
  • Julia Daniel of Amherst, NH – Books with Buttercream
  • Cassandra Rodriguez of Merrimack NH – Mask Project
  • Jenna Dinndorf of Bedford, NH – Covid-19 Scavenger Hunt
  • Riley Farrow of Bedford, NH – Dog Waste Stations
  • Katherine Fortin of Bedford, NH – Educational Farm at Joppa Hill Goat Enclosure
  • Kaitlyn Frye, Eden Goodman, and Emely Melendez of Nashua, NH – Girl Scout Campfire Cooking
  • Lauren Kimball and Claire Mooney of Hampton, NH – Hampton Academy Community Room
  • Bridget Hardy and Jennafer Merk of Bedford, NH – Joppa Hill Mural
  • Sophia Klanchesser of Newington, NH – Outdoor Classroom
  • Emma Davidson of Northfield, NH – Outdoor Storybook Walk
  • Arianna Conomacos, Vanessa MacDonald, Aralyn O’Neil, Sabrina O’Neil, and Sayde White of Londonderry, NH – Pandemic Picnic Pause
  • Noelia Cardoza of Litchfield, NH – Project Hope is the Cure
  • Annika Galus of Raymond, NH – Safety Event with the Ghoul Scouts
  • Hanne Stuke of Raymond, NH – Sew to Go
  • Katelyn Whiteman and Lindsey Whiteman of Somersworth, NH – Spectator Benches for High School Softball Field
  • Nora Perry of Burlington, VT – Tables for Tots
  • Lauren Muldoon of Hampton, NH – The East End School House Park Update
  • Zoey Gagne of Bedford, NH – The Nibblin’ Gardens
  • Anna Hocevar of Nottingham, NH – The Proper Products for a Better School
  • Tava Nicoll of Freedom, NH – Wish Recycling
  • Eleanor Oshima of Madbury, NH – Free Little Library

Bronze Award recipients honored at this event included:

  • Lyla Hall of Atkinson, NH – 10 Knot Blankets for Brady’s Smile
  • Helena Folsom of Hopkinton, NH, and Lorelei Sibona of Hooksett, NH – A Girl Scout Guide for First-Time Pet Owners
  • Abigail Poole and Elizabeth Thompson of Concord, NH – Agility for Dogs
  • Caitlin Kleyen and Isla Mailhot of Chichester, NH – Bat Houses
  • Bella Conomacos of Londonderry, NH – Bella’s Comfy Ear Savers
  • Cynthia Pelletier of Pittsfield, NH – Books for Pittsfield Library
  • Elenore Mullins of South Strafford, VT – Bronze Award Books
  • Katerina Benson of Bedford, NH – Educated about EDI
  • Ryleigh Dressel of Hudson, NH – First Responder Mask Project
  • Abby Herrick, Lillian Kelley, Katelyn Lundberg and Sophia Morrow of Brentwood, NH – Flag Pole at the Brentwood Recreation Center
  • Evalina Garruba of Hollis, NH – Got Your Covered
  • Alexandra White of Hudson, NH – GSGWM Group PPE Bronze Project
  • Zoe Brundage of Nashua, NH – GSGWM Mask Masking
  • Madison Hanneman of Manchester, NH – GSGWM PPE
  • Elizabeth Weir of Chichester, NH – Internet Safety
  • Cailee Stiles of Derry, NH – Let’s Save Ears
  • Kiley Layne of Derry, NH – Magic Masks for South Range Staff
  • Quiana Ziegler of Derry, NH – Mask Lanyards For My School
  • Chanceline Bella and Ariah Pacht of Essex Junction, VT – Masks for DCF
  • Ella Verrocchio of Hudson, NH – Masks
  • Oliva Inzenga of Hudson, NH – Masks for Heroes
  • Nora Campbell and Elise Tribou of Merrimack, NH – N and E’s Blankets for Kids
  • Kylie Bourgoine, Liliane Fontaine, Imogen Lamarche and Kaylee Leonard of Bow, NH – Operation Donation
  • Eleanor Cook, Emma McGregor, Madelyn Rockwell, and Rose Young of Newton, NH – Peanut Trail Kiosk
  • Amalia Gloss of Exeter, NH – Personal Protective Equipment Team
  • Catharine Nenart of Atkinson, NH – PPE for the Pandemic
  • Alana Nash of Johnson, VT – PPE Group Project
  • Arianna White of Londonderry, NH – Sewing to Save
  • Leila Whitley of Milford, NH – The Mask Task
  • Sophie Morin of Auburn, NH – We Care For Animals
  • Jessica Gould of Chester, NH – Little Free Library
  • Alayna Flanders of Chichester, NH – Help Animals Get Fed

Earning the Journey Summit Award, a pin that requires completion of three National Leadership Journeys, were:

  • Daisy Riley Podroza of Concord, NH
  • Brownie Elizabeth Sargent of Concord, NH
  • Junior Liliana Fontaine of Bow, NH
  • Junior Kaylee Leonard of Bow, NH
  • Junior Addison Sargent of Concord NH

Earning the Community Service Bar for giving at least 20 hours of service to a community organization was Caia Kimball and Ryley Chipman, both of Concord, NH.

Earning the Service to Girl Scouting Bar for giving at least 20 hours of service to the Girl Scout organization were:

  • Cadette Amy Campbell of Merrimack, NH
  • Cadette Caroline Hunt of Northwood, NH
  • Ambassador Anya Nicoll of Freedom, NH

Recognized as the council’s top Girl Scout Cookie sellers were:

  • Caroline Hunt of Northwood, NH – 5,170 packages
  • Adrielle Martin of Hudson, NH – 2,268 packages
  • Alanna Bonneau of Dover, NH – 2,171 packages
  • Liliane Gordon of Hinesburg, VT – 2,121 packages
  • Brianna Essig of Goffstown, NH – 2,060 packages
  • Veronica Galdieri of Concord, NH – 2,057 packages
  • Katerina Benson of Bedford, NH – 2,028 packages
  • Alizah Johnson of Concord, NH – 2,021 packages
  • Jasmine Tweedie of Dover, NH – 2,021 packages
  • Saphira Cox of Newport, NH – 1,795 packages

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