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Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Announce 2022 Gold Award Girl Scouts and Scholarship Recipients at Annual Meeting


Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) announced the 2022 class of Gold Award Girl Scouts and scholarship recipients at its Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 30, at the NIU Barsema Alumni Visitors Center in DeKalb.

Earning the Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Gold Award Girl Scouts are recognized leaders in their communities. As they partner with local leaders to solve problems in their communities and beyond, they discover the power of bringing together a team to effect measurable, lasting change. GSNI is excited to announce the Gold Award Girl Scouts for 2022:

  • Maggie Bell, St. Charles - Save the Canines
  • Kyla Butler, St. Charles - Self Defense Workshop for Teen Girls
  • Joy Grady, Lake Zurich - Get Moving Camp Initiative for Kids
  • Ella Holtermann, Barrington - Vote Barrington: Local Election Voter Engagement
  • Amelia Humphrey, Geneva - Easy Upcycled Crafts
  • Tatum Keene, West Chicago - Project Aqua Pura
  • Lauren Kohl, Bartlett - Disability Awareness
  • Jenna Strohschein, South Elgin - Tips, Tricks & Advice: Equine First Aid & Rider Safety
  • Hallie Thomas, Elgin - Educating Teens About Mental Health
  • Grace Trumbull, Lake Zurich - Grace's Giving Garden and Food Pantry Support

Each year through an application and interview process, GSNI awards scholarships to registered, graduating Girl Scouts who have been actively involved in Girl Scouting during their high school years. These young leaders have committed to furthering their education, demonstrated their understanding of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, and live by those values. Their communities benefit from their commitment, service, and leadership.

The Elizanne Lewis Gold Award Scholarship is generously provided by the family of lifelong Girl Scout Elizanne Hanitz Lewis. At the time of her death in 2017, Elizanne was identified and recognized by Girl Scouts of the USA as the oldest living recipient of the Golden Eaglet, Girl Scouting’s highest award available from 1916 to 1939. The 2022 Elizanne Lewis Gold Award Scholarship was awarded to Maggie Bell of St. Charles.

The GSNI Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship requires applicants to be graduating high school in 2022 and to have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award by January 14, 2022. This scholarship focuses on a Girl Scout’s Gold Award project along with other Girl Scout, school, and community activities. The 2022 GSNI Gold Award Scholarship was awarded to Paige Bowman of Barrington.

GSNI’s Girl Scout Ambassador Scholarship asks potential recipients to share their Girl Scout experiences, community service, and leadership roles during their high school years. 2022 GSNI Ambassador Scholarships were awarded to:

  • Teagan Blake, Loves Park
  • Alaina Bognetti, Elgin
  • Natasha Keisler, St. Charles
  • Aisling McGrath, Batavia
  • Abby Porter, Lake in the Hills
  • Shanta Reddy, Loves Park
  • Maddison Shepard, Crystal Lake
  • Shannon Shrader, Pecatonica

Congratulations to all GSNI Gold Award Girl Scouts and scholarship recipients!