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Girl Scout ‘Gold Award’ recipients shine in their field


XENIA — The Greene County Board of Commissioners passed resolutions last week recognizing seven Greene County residents for completing requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award, the Girl Scout’s highest honor (comparable to the Boy Scouts Eagle Scout award).

Each recipient will receive a resolution at an upcoming awards banquet, Sunday, March 5. The event will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Donald H. Ponitz Sinclair Center, Building 12, Great Hall, 444 W. Third Street, Dayton.

Greene County Commissioners Rick Perales and Dick Gould will pass out resolutions in honor of the girl scout’s commitment to their community and in recognition of the completion of their projects — 34 scouts will be receiving awards with seven from Greene County receiving resolutions.

“I am continually amazed by the hard work and the level of knowledge these young ladies exhibit,” Gould said. “I’m proud that the commissioners can recognize their achievements.”

Those receiving resolutions are:

Mikayla Stambaugh, a Fairborn High School senior. She calls her project “Uniforms for All,” which raises awareness of sensory issues and the impact they have on girl scouts who are unable to wear the official uniform. She designed, cut, and sewed eight vests that incorporated features and fabrics that would eliminate triggers for those with sensory issues.

Cindy An, a Beavercreek High School senior. She created and implemented a program called “Composting for Kids,” which guides children on how to compost materials at home. An worked with children who attended Aley Church’s daily programs and together they built a composting bin at the church.

Kinsey Clark, of Beavercreek. She designed and created a project entitled “United Against Hunger,” in which she built two small food pantries for “Feed the Creek,” a community organization to combat hunger in children. Clark is currently a freshman at Ohio University.

Jordan Fuerst, of Beavercreek. She partnered with For Love of Children (FLOC), to organize and de-clutter their Prom Dress Boutique (donated formal ware). Fuerst, a 2022 Stivers School for the Arts grad, is a freshman at Utah Valley University and called her project “FLOC Boutique.”

Chloe Gallup, a Beavercreek High School senior. She calls her project “Stickin with Science.” Gallup held hands-on workshops where attendees did fun science activities, highlighted careers in science, and learned about famous female scientists.

Olivia Hooten, a Beavercreek High School senior. She called her project “Building Confidence in Today’s G.I.R.L.s.” Hooten addressed the low self-confidence regarding STEM for girls ages 9-12. She held workshops with science experiments and coding, along with creating a website and YouTube channel.

Mawuena Nenonene, a 2022 Beavercreek High School grad. She created a section of the BHS library called “Sensory Shelves,” which categorizes age-appropriate books for easy access for those involved with special education classes. Nenonene is a freshman at Smith College.