Shalyn Anderson-Garner

Gold Award Project: My Health and Me

Shalyn's project was a free health fair geared toward 5/6th graders in her community. The purpose of the project was to help the 5/6th graders learn about the resources available to them to obtain and/or maintain a healthy life. Shalyn plans to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a concentration in dance, and a marketing minor from Columbia College Chicago. Shalyn will continue to help her former troop sell cookies and plan trips. After college, Shalyn looks forward to becoming a professional dancer and choreographer.



 Rachel Dembinski

Gold Award Project: The Cost of Not Spay and Neutering

"I partnered with the West Michigan Spay and Neuter Clinic to tackle the issue of spaying and neutering anima ls. One part of my project was to raise awareness through media publications. I made a series of funny, normal, and information brochures for the clinic supporting this issue. Another part of my project was tackling an effect of not spaying and neutering animals. Working with a group of 7 middle school girls, we put together feral cat houses for the West Michigan Spay and Neuter Clinic. The feral cat houses promote Trap-­Neuter-Return (TNR) by getting colonies all in one area to easily trap them so people can fix the anima ls and return them to the colony to live out the rest of their days without increasing the population."



Amy Doster

Gold Award Project: Wheelchair Accessible Garden

"I built a garden bed at a wheelchair accessible height for campers of all ages at Camp Optimist. The bed was filled with fruits, vegetables and herbs, and I involved the campers in their maintenance until an adult unit of campers was ready to take over. The campers took over the bed as their own project for skill building activities, and I left them with information and seeds to grow the garden again this year."




Haley Fisk

Gold Award Project: Gluten-free Care Baskets

"My project was targeted to the Celiac disease/Gluten intolerance patients of Grand Rapids. For my project, my goal was to make those struggling with a diagnosis happy and hopeful for a healthy life again! In order to do this, with the help of my gastroenterologist, Karen Lindhout, to make care baskets. This care basket included food for every meal, my favorite recipes from my mother's cookbook, a brochure with helpful hints for restaurants, and a personal story about my change to the gluten free lifestyle. These baskets were then carefully transported to Helen Devos Children's Hospital, stored in the Gastroenterology department, and then delivered to the 50-60 patients that received baskets throughout the course of the project."




Heidi Gilder

Gold Award Project: Caps for a Cause

"I focused on educating people about why they should recycle plastic and how to do it regularly. A huge way I got my community involved in my project was Green Tree Plastics's ABC Bench Program. Through this program, my community helped me collect 476 pounds of plastic caps and I raised $225 to trade in for a bench made out of recycled plastic. Through the collecting process I spoke to many different people about why recycling is important and how to get a curbside bin for their home."







Emily Kurburski

Gold Award Project: The Golden Infinity

Emily's project was a three part program that addresses the topic of domestic violence. She worked with her local Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan to create an educational curriculum, a healthy foods initiative, and sewed several infinity scarves for the women a at the safe home. Emily plans to attend Kettering University to pursue a dress in Business Administration.





Jennifer Pohlman

Gold Award Project: Miniature Library

Within her community, Jennifer saw many children struggling with reading because of a lack of interest or access to books at home. Her Gold Award Take Action Project addressed this issue by building small lending libraries across her community to provide wider access to books. The ultimate goal of her project is to get children involved and interested in reading, thereby improving their ability to read well.




Becky Root

Gold Award Project: Cross Country Trail Repair

"The cross country team uses the mile trail the most, but it is open to everyone. I first went through the trail and took out the big tree roots. Next, I took dirt and filled in the big holes. Lastly, and the longest part, I put down stone dust on the trail. the stone dust was difficult to put on and through many difficulties the running material was finally laid out and smoothed."


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