These are summaries of projects and do not accurately convey the level of effort that goes into any Gold Award Project.
McGlensey Abiles, Forever Remember
McGlensey created a garden at her high school to honor the students who passed away prior to graduation. She named it
a Remembrance Garden because she wanted it to be a place for students to remember the good times they had with those who died,
rather than a place for them to mourn. The garden also serves to remember the teachers who had an impact on students' lives.
Namita Akolkar, India Day at Children's Inn
Namita held a 2-day workshop for kids at the Children's Inn at NIH, a place for children who have serious illnesses. The
sessions focused on India, and the children participated in dancing, fashion shows, food and cooking, crafts and other activities
that relate to Indian culture.
Brittany Amerau, The ABCs of Alphabet Gardening
Brittany redesigned and renovated the Children's Alphabet Garden at the American Horticultural Society Rover Farm. She
removed invasive, damaged and excessive plants; rebuilt the retaining wall; replanted and added garden accessories, and added
in new signage for all plants. She also compiled an activity book for the AHS to use as a resource for youth
Rebecca Apple, Adopt a Shelter
Rebecca led a three-part project that benefited the SERVE shelter in her community. She recruited troops to collect items
such as toiletries, school supplies, and toys and donated them to the shelter. She also created a story/activity hour with
the children that took place every other week for ten months. Her final step was building a puppet stage, which was then donated
to the shelter.
Erin Arnold, Mad Scientist Party
Erin held a Mad Scientist Party in the hopes that children, especially girls, would be exposed to fun science activities.
She recruited volunteers to lead experiments in the following areas: air pressure, kinetic energy, friction, chromatography,
electricity, and acids and bases. Her project benefited about 45 children in the community.
Krystal Bell, Queen for a Day at the Hughesville Women�s Shelter
Krystal organized a special day for women at a local shelter. The workshops included resume writing, interview skills,
makeovers and manicures. She hopes that her workshops gave the women some confidence in looking for and obtaining a job.
Chantay Bess, Craft Kits for Children
Chantay and her project partner created craft kits to be donated to local children�s hospitals. She created
a total of over 100 kits, which would last at least 6 months at the centers.
Kira Bonomo, Afternoon Science and Math
Kira and her volunteers ran an after-camp program for children in the Culmore section of Fairfax County. She created fun
science and math activities to peak their interests and get them excited about learning. Some of the activities included making
kites, airplanes, and helicopters then seeing which one flew the farthest and longest.
Julie Borowski, Senior Dental Care
Julie organized a dental health fair for the local senior center. She created stations to help educate senior citizens
about proper dental care. She hopes that the fifty people who attended the fair gained greater knowledge about proper dental
Roshelle Bournes, Getting Actively Healthy
Roshelle and her project partner organized workshops dealing with health and physical fitness. She targeted youth in the
Ward 5 community of Washington, DC. Her goal was to inform children about healthy lifestyles and to help them begin to implement
healthy eating and fitness habits in their own lives.
Emily Brennan, Literacy Activities for Dogwood Headstart Program
Emily provided literacy activities for a local Head Start program. She created booklets called "ABC," "Shapes,"
and "Number 1-10." She also provided the preschool with over twenty books on tape to be used during story time or
at the listening center. She also turned three fairy tales into felt board stories so the children could interact with the
Jessica Cadle, Connected as One
Jessica held a "Japan Day" for children to learn more about the culture and language of Japan. Activities for
the day included karate demonstrations, Japanese music and dance, Japanese food and festivals, games and clothing presentations.
She also created an informative pamphlet about the country and an International flipbook of children dressed in a variety
of cultural costumes.
Natalie Cardinale, Bringing Color to a Dull Environment
Natalie recruited a friend to assist her with repainting and refurbishing old walls of the local health department dental
office. The old paint was peeling and cracking, and she repainted with a bright new color and added posters to the walls.
Ann Carr, Child's Play: The Creation of a Children's Play Area and Activities Hour
Ann created a playroom, study room and library at the Salvation Army's Turning Point Center in Washington, DC. She collected
toys, books and other items to be used in the new areas at the shelter. She then recruited volunteers to assist her in hosting
a party in honor of the children and their new, improved living space.
Lenore Cebulski, Partnering for Preservation
Lenore created a workshop for 4th graders about the importance of historic preservation in their community. She designed
a PowerPoint presentation, displayed artifacts, and created a handout for the children. She offered the workshops at 13 different
classrooms in three schools then it was presented to a local historic site to be used in the future.
MyAsha Cheatham, Pre-Teen Tips for 2004
MyAsha organized and led a workshop for pre-teens in her community. Topics included bullying, peer pressure, health, beauty,
nutrition, and fashion. She dedicated her project to her troop advisor who passed away this year.
Elizabeth Christy, Equine Medical Center Information
Elizabeth created informative poster boards to be used at a local Equine Medical Center. She gathered information about
horse illnesses and medical procedures then interviewed doctors and took pictures at the hospital. Her goal was to educate
clients who are interested in horses and medicine.
Kelsey Clark, Sneak Door Drainage and Path Repairs
Kelsey and her volunteers repaired an old path and installed a drainage system for the area surrounding it at Wolf Trap
National Park. Before she started her project, the path was virtually unusable due to excessive flooding. Now that the drainage
system is in place, the path is functional as well as attractive.
Caitlin Conville, Shelter Renovation Project
Caitlin organized a group of volunteers to complete a renovation project at a local homeless shelter. The project involved
painting, weeding, gardening, and mulching in order to make the place a more welcoming environment to those that seek help
Rachel Cramer, Friends on Friday
Rachel recruited volunteers to assist her with two activity nights for children with special needs. She held the events
at a local community center and included activities such as arts and crafts, entertainment, sports and more. She plans to
continue to volunteer with this program in the future.
Lauren Cross, CAP Health Fair
Lauren and her project partners organized a 2-day health fair to benefit residents in the community. Her main responsibilities
included organizing "shout-out" sessions about diabetes, heart disease, and cholesterol and a mini-yoga lesson.
She hopes the health fair will encourage people in the community to change their lifestyles for the better.
Anh T. Dang, The Handy Helper
Anh and her volunteers renovated the 2-and 3-year old rooms at a local children's center. Each room was repainted with
a different themed mural, and several posted signs were taken down and redone. She hopes that her project created a more comfortable
and inviting environment for teachers and children.
Sarah Delia, Staying Stress Free
Sarah organized an introduction to yoga class for local teens to help them deal with stress. She also created meditation
eye bags and comfort bags to be distributed to the participants in the hopes that they will become stress-free.
Elysia DiCamillo, From Laurel to Iraq, Students Helping Students
Elysia recruited volunteers to assist her in creating packages of school supplies for children in Iraq. She also designed
and made pencil cases and a logo for the note cards that were inserted into the packages. Elysia was amazed at the amount
of support that the community gave her throughout the project.
Stephanie Diederich, Power of Publication
Stephanie created a literary club at a local middle school. She taught the children about literary criticism, how to judge
writing and art for merit, and different styles of writing and poetry. She edited the first volume of the school's literary
magazine, "Whispers and Sketches", which contains art, photography, poetry and other pieces of writing written by
Sarah Lynn Dougherty, Volleyball Camp
Sarah recruited volunteers to assist her in running a volleyball clinic for children in her community. The kids were able
to learn some new skills, as well as get some exercise doing a fun sport.
Hannah Duffy, Homework Haven
Hannah organized a tutoring program at a local low-income apartment complex. She recruited volunteers from her high school
in hopes that she could start a mentoring program. She continued the after school program throughout the school year.
Meredith Epstein, Cover Me Buddy
Meredith recruited volunteers to help her create patchwork quilts made from donated materials. The group met every Sunday
for a period of six months until the job was complete. The final products were donated to a local non-profit hospital to be
used for victims of trauma.
Julie Erickson, Improving a Kid's Center for Great Falls National Park
Julie designed and created displays for children at Great Falls National Park. Each display highlights a different animal
and includes interactive materials, such as different textures and word puzzles.
Laura Espenshade, Building Birdhouses for Better Breeding
Laura and her project partner built 84 different-sized birdhouses to be placed at a local park that was in need of them.
They obtained the wood, cut it to fit the birdhouse then put them together. They also taught several children with special
needs how to make the birdhouses.
Victoria Evans, Resources for Romania
Victoria held an overnight with 35 volunteers who created gift boxes for a school for children with special needs in Romania.
The group made blankets, created developmental books, and put together 22 boxes of supplies for the school in Romania.
Amanda Fay, Bringing the Alive! House to Life
Amanda organized volunteers to assist her in patching and repainting the walls of a gathering room at a local family shelter.
She also drew and painted a new mural on the main wall to replace the old one.
Katherine Flickinger, Art Murals at Countryside Elementary School
Katherine recruited volunteers to assist her in creating murals at a local elementary school. The two murals are going
to be used as educational materials to aid children in their studies of United States and World geography. Students can visit
the murals whenever they go outside to the playground. Katherine also created a booklet to accompany the mural titled, "Facts
You May Not Have Known About the States."
Erica Frederick, Meals and a Budget Cookbook for Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter
Erica and her volunteers prepared and delivered main dishes, side dishes, breakfasts, breads and desserts to a local homeless
shelter in Virginia. She also collected low-cost and nutritional recipes that she then put together in a cookbook to be distributed
to residents of the shelter.
Margaret Frost, 100% Chance of Fun�a Musical for Kids
Margaret organized a music camp for children in grades 4-7 in her community. She recruited volunteers to run the different
music classes that included guitar, recorder, singing, hand chimes, and rhythmic dance. The camp ended with a musical performance
for family and friends.
Kali Gates, Heroes of Freedom: Stories of WWII and Korean War Veterans
Kali and her team of volunteers interviewed 15 veterans and 2 spouses of WWII and the Korean Conflict eras. Kali created
and presented a power point summary of her project to the local Elks lodge and to World History classes at her school. She
has also provided copies to the families and the Library of Congress and plans to continue the project into the future.
Andrea Godwin, Women in Law Enforcement
Andrea organized a Law Enforcement Day for girls in her community due to the fact that there is a lack of women in her
county's police force. Her event was cancelled because girls did not show up, so she created Law Enforcement Awareness Kits
and distributed them in her community.
Talon Grant, Organizing, Cataloging and Digitizing the Marine Corps Museum Restoration
Talon's project involved auditing, recording, maintaining and updating the database for the Marine Corps Museum Restoration
Facility Technical Library. She recruited several volunteers to assist her in recovering documents and labeling technical
manuals. At the end of the project, she was able to find 300 documents that had not been previously recorded, and labeled
over a 100 manuals on vehicles and aircrafts used by the Marine Corps since 1920.
Rebecca Gray, ESOL Buddies
Rebecca and her volunteers established a club at her school to help ESOL students get involved with extracurricular activities.
She felt that these students did not have much interaction with other students at the school. She created an outlet for them
to get involved and to give them a chance to share their cultural diversity and knowledge with other students.
Margaret Graybeal, Scouting for Nature in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park
Margaret created a program for teen girls called �Scouting for Nature in Ellanor C. Lawrence Park�
at her local park. She wrote and published a handbook that outlines IP activities and how they can be earned at the park as
well as other resources available to girls. The handbook is available at the park for non-Girl Scouts as well.
Ashley Harper, Outdoor Colonial Learning Center for FHES
Ashley organized volunteers to assist her in creating an outdoor colonial learning center for students at a local elementary
school. She recruited volunteers from Girl Scouts, students at the school and adults from the community to clear weeds, prepare
the soil and install Native American and Colonial plants. The center will be incorporated into 4th grade SOL curriculum.
Lauren Hartman, Safety Fair and Mother's Day Secret Shop
Lauren organized a secret shop and safety fair for a local homeless shelter. Children participated in a safety demonstration
led by a local police officer and fire personnel. Then they were led through a "secret shop" to select and wrap
special presents for their mothers.
Genevieve Hayes, Disability Awareness Day
Genevieve organized a Disability Awareness Day for the Southern Maryland Tri-County Area. She brought in different agencies
that serve people with disabilities to share information to the public. She also conducted activities with youth participants
that focused on daily frustrations felt by people with disabilities.
Tracy Heitfield, Community Comes to Countryside
Tracy organized a group of volunteers to assist her in a landscaping project at a local elementary school. By the end
of the project, the group planted three new trees and four new plant beds in front of both entrances to the school. She also
created a plant care booklet for the school to use for future maintenance.
Mariel Herbert, Crafty Kits: Art From the Heart
Mariel created a booklet of craft projects for each holiday throughout the year and distributed them to a local nursing
home. She recruited a group of volunteers to make prototypes for the nursing home to use when making crafts. She visited the
nursing home and made some of the crafts with the residents.
Carly Hetmanek, DESK (Desk Every Student Keeps)
Carly organized a project to collect desks and school supplies for children who cannot purchase them on their own. She
recruited younger girls to assist with cleaning the desks and organizing the supplies. At the end of the project, Carly delivered
the desks and talked to the children about organizational skills, keeping a schedule and other ways to succeed in school.
Ann Hickenbotham, A Jump in Time
Ann and her volunteers taught jump-rope routines to children and teenagers. Then she organized the group to perform at
several local retirement homes in hopes that she would unite senior citizens and youth within her community.
Taylor Anne Higgins, Color and Shape My Worlds
Taylor created a half-day learning program at a local church outreach center comprised of six hands-on activities focused
on entertaining and teaching colors and shapes to moderately to severely disabled children. She recruited a group of volunteers
to assist her in running the stations during the program. She also created a project booklet so that the church can recreate
the program in the future.
Alison Higinbotham, String Discovery
The goal of Alison's project was to interest young children in the joys and benefits of music. She organized an event
for elementary school students where they would be able to watch a high school orchestra performance. The older students also
taught the younger students about the different instruments and the band in general.
Julie Hill, GIRLS ARE GREAT! Spring Break Day Camp
Julie organized a spring break day camp at a library in her community. She recruited the girls in the community, many
of whom had never been to camp before. She also recruited volunteers to assist her teach the girls how to sing songs, make
crafts and make ice cream.
Kalyn Hill, Batter-up
Kalyn organized a softball clinic in her community for girls ages 12-14. She recruited several teen and adult volunteers
to assist her in running the different stations. She felt that the clinic gave the participants a refreshing perspective on
the sport of softball by seeing it through the eyes of high school softball players.
Stephanie Hobart, Comfort Blankets for the Terminally Ill
Stephanie collected quilting supplies from people in her community then held a quilting day with volunteers. She taught
them how to make the quilts and donated the finished products to a hospital and local church to be used for terminally ill
pediatric patients. Her church plans to continue the project in the future.
Nina Huffman, Pulse-Aldrin SACC Dance Program
Nina and her project partner started an after school dance program at a local elementary school. They spent the entire
school year with the group of girls, and Nina taught the girls hip-hop dances and techniques. The program culminated in a
performance for the parents where the girls were able to show off their new skills.
Lisa Hughes, ESL Education Enrichment
Lisa designed an evening computer program for parents of ESL students at a local library. She saw the need for this class
during a visit to the library where there was a lack of assistance for ESL adults. She trained and recruited volunteers to
assist her in teaching the adults then arranged for local high school students to continue her project in the future.
Heather Hunter, Concert for the Elderly
Heather organized several concerts to be performed by student musicians at a local nursing home. The purpose of her project
was to bring together the busy youth of today with the elderly to bring joy to both age groups. Each concert had different
Anne Jaskot, Light Pollution Survey
Anne helped measure the level of light pollution in Fairfax County by organizing a star count. She recruited over 40 volunteers,
who traveled around the county to count the number of stars in a specific constellation. Using the results of the star count,
Anne was able to determine which areas had the worst light pollution, which had the darkest skies and which locations had
changed the most in terms of light pollution since 1995. She sent her results on to organizations that work to protect the
Brittany Johnkins, Getting Actively Healthy
Brittany and her project partner organized workshops dealing with health and physical fitness. She targeted youth in the
Ward 5 community of Washington, DC. Her goal was to inform children about healthy lifestyles and to help them begin to implement
healthy eating and fitness habits in their own lives.
Emily Johnson, Handi Helper
Emily's project focused on refurbishing a trail that was originally designed for the blind. She and her group cleaned
the trails, built a rock wall to help with erosion, planted seeds near the wheelchair stream to prevent erosion, and replaced
rocks along the trail. The trail is now usable again for people in wheelchairs and others who have special needs.
Jessica Johnson, Theater Sensation
Jessica taught theater workshops to children from low-income families in order to build their self-esteem, confidence,
interaction with others, and ability to read and memorize. At the end of the program, the children put on a production for
Janelle Jolley, CAP Health Fair
Janelle and her project partners organized a 2-day health fair to benefit the local community. Her part focused on organizing
a bone marrow registry, publicizing the fair to the community and planning a blood drive. She also organized a "shout-out"
session on prostate cancer and arranged for a screening.
Rebecca Jones, Suicide Prevention Video
Rebecca produced a suicide prevention video called The Fallen Phoenix. It is based on the real life story of a young girl's
struggle with suicidal thoughts. She gave copies of this video to a high school counselor to use with students, professionals
in the medical field to use with patients and her advisor who works for a crisis response organization to use at conferences.
Allyson Jones, Tech Talk: Closing the Generation Gap
Allyson started a basic computer skills program for senior citizens. She started with an overview workshop, then split
the group into 2-person tutoring sessions. She created handouts and surveys so that the project can continue in the future.
Christa Joyner, Music as Therapy
Christa organized a concert for a local nursing home. She recruited two singers and one pianist and held rehearsals for
several weeks. The group performed for residents at the home. The best part for Christa was seeing the smiles on the residents'
faces while they moved to the music.
Siobhan Kayser, Sewing Our Community Together
Siobhan taught a group of children how to sew during an eight-week course. The children completed baby quilts that were
then donated to the local pregnancy care center for a baby shower.
Carly Anne Keith , Pinnies for Play
Carly designed and sewed "pinnies" for the P.E. department at a local elementary school. She had them printed
with the school's logo to make them unique to that school. In the end, Carly donated 30 new pinnies to the school.
Ann Kennedy, Butterfly Garden Education
Ann and her volunteers created a butterfly garden at a local elementary school that contained over 90 plants from 14 different
species. The garden will provide the students an opportunity to learn firsthand about butterflies and their environment. She
also created a booklet with 37 activities for all grade levels to help them learn more about butterflies, the garden and the
role of butterflies in Native American culture.
Sana Khaliq, We Care, We Share
Sana made lap quilts and pocket organizers for residents at a local assisted living facility, focusing primarily on those
who are in wheelchairs or use walkers. She recruited volunteers to assist her in creating these quilts. Sana also collected
items to be donated to the facility including note cards, toiletries, books and stuffed animals.
Barbara Kingsford, Preschool Dress Up Box Magic
Barbara and her group of volunteers sewed 34 multicultural dress-up costumes for a local at-risk preschool. She also created
a brochure with photos detailing how the costumes can be used and distributed it along with the costume boxes.
Katherine Kregloh, A Mirror for Colonial Virginians, 1765-1775: A Website for The Claude Moore Colonial Farm
Kate created a workshop and website about clothing in late 18th-century Virginia for a local historical site. She also
organized a Costume Skills Day to teach students about how to research and make colonial clothing. She hopes her project will
help teach younger students about colonial America.
Alexis Kuiper, DC: Discovering Conservation
Alexis and her project partner organized a conservation expo for the purpose of educating young girls about careers in
the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Since the expo, she has visited Girl Scout troops to tell them more
about conservation, created a conservation directory, and designed a conservation service project.
Laura Kurth, Butterfly Central
Laura and her group of volunteers established a permanent butterfly habitat at a local nature center. She also created
a detailed brochure to help people make a butterfly habitat in their very own backyards.
Robin Larkin, A Whole New World�With Signs
Robin led sign language workshops at several local Boys and Girls Clubs for several months during the spring and summer.
She recruited volunteers, taught them how to do basic sign language, then created lesson plans to be completed at the various
clubs. She exposed the children to other possibilities in life as well as a possible foundation for a future career.
Victoria Lathrop, Going Batty
Victoria assembled 20 bat houses then distributed them to three county parks and one state park in her area. She also
created pamphlets to be distributed at the parks along with the houses. She hopes her project will lessen the mosquito population,
aid in the fight against West Nile Virus, lessen the demand for the use of pesticides, and educate the community about bats.
Brittany Lattisaw, Shredding for Safety
Brittany wanted to create awareness in her community about identity theft, so she organized a seminar for the local community
to learn about it. She invited a police officer, an attorney and a representative of a shredding company to speak to people
about how they can be protected. She feels that her work will help change ways that people in her community get rid of important
Vanessa Lazar, Plan and Implement a Teen Volunteer Force for HOPE in Northern Virginia
Vanessa organized a group of volunteers to assist with a children's program at the local HOPE shelter. This is an organization
that assists pregnant women by providing free classes, counseling and materials. Vanessa created activities for 250 children
at two annual parties and scheduled the volunteers to implement the activities.
Victoria Lehman, Bluebird and Butterfly Habitats at Westlake High School
Victoria recruited volunteers from her high school's environmental club to assist her in building bluebird houses. The
houses were hung on the campus of her high school to help increase the bluebird population in Maryland. She also created two
butterfly gardens on the campus, along with an informative display about butterflies and their habitats.
Lauren Lickiss, Teaching Hygiene and Biblical Crafts to the Kids of Hermisillo
Lauren ran an arts and crafts program alongside a bible school in Mexico. She also collected dental hygiene items then
created 160 hygiene kits for the children at the school. She taught the children about good dental hygiene habits.
Katie Littlefield, Digging for Gold
Katie recruited volunteers to assist her in a parking lot beautification project. She researched the best plants to use,
created a sketch of the design and carried out the actual planting process with her volunteers. The landscaping enhancements
will help to reduce soil erosion as well as beautify the area.
Brittany Loy, Night out for Teens with Disabilities
Brittany created and led 2 "Night Out" activities for teens with special needs at her local community center.
She recruited volunteers to assist her with arts and crafts, music, movies, gym time and snacks with the teens.
Claire Maloney, Girl Scouting in Fairfax through the Years
Claire researched and created an exhibit at a local museum chronicling the history of Girl Scouting in Fairfax County.
The museum is held in a historic house that once served as a meeting site for Girl Scouts. She received artifacts from local
Girl Scout volunteers, interviewed former Girl Scouts, researched local newspaper articles, developed an exhibition story
line, created the display of the artifacts, wrote label text, and cut mat board to mount the labels.
Kele Mangus, Clean It To Keep It
Kele organized a group of adult and youth volunteers to clean up a park in her community. The group placed logs on the
shoreline to save the bank from erosion. They also cleared a path so that it is now accessible by park visitors.
Amanda Martins, Courtyard Renovation
Amanda and her project partner renovated the courtyard at a local elementary school that was damaged by the tornado in
2001. She recruited volunteers to assist with planting and received donations from local companies for supplies. The courtyard
is now a more enjoyable place for students and teachers.
Carly Mayer, Equine Enhancements
Carly organized a group of volunteers to assist her in renovating a horse trail at a local park. The newly improved trail
will now be even, which will prevent damage to the horse's legs.
Shannon Mays, Super Science Month
Shannon organized a month of science activities for children at both a recreation center and a homeless shelter in her
community. The children participated in hands-on experiments and demonstrations within the general themes of chemistry, engineering,
ecology, and physics. She hopes that the project helped children realize that science is not just limited to school- it can
be fun also!
Courtney McCall, CAP Health Fair
Courtney and her project partners organized a 2-day health fair to benefit members of the local community. She created
informational displays, set up cholesterol and diabetes screenings and organized "shout-out" sessions about stress
relief, hypertension, breast cancer, pharmaceutical safety, nutrition and diabetes.
Amy A. C. McCants, Books for Kids: An Initiative to Spark Learning
Amy collected over 150 books to be donated to the Spanish Education Development Center, a bilingual daycare center in
DC. She recruited volunteers to construct bookshelves and create library cards for each student to be able to check out books.
Erin Meisel, Computing Computers
Erin organized workshops and one-on-one tutoring sessions of basic computer skills for students at a local community college.
Many students had limited computer literacy or had never been introduced to the computer, so this was a great need that she
fulfilled at the community college.
Heidi Metz, Potomac Valley Nursing Home Garden Renovation
Heidi and her group of volunteers renovated the wooded garden at a local nursing home. She collected donations from local
garden centers, and she raked, mulched and planted new plants in the garden. She feels that the garden will be a perennial
source of beauty for the residents to enjoy.
Katharine Miller, Bible Story Activity Hour
Katie created and ran an after-church program for children at a local church. She spent the first part of the year teaching
parables then the second part of the year was focused on the children writing their own plays to go along with the parables.
They performed the plays for younger children in the summer.
Julia Mitchell, Dancing Feet
Julia recruited volunteers to assist her with teaching young girls dance techniques within the fields of ballet and tap.
Then the group performed for a local assisted living facility. Julia plans to continue teaching the girls so they can share
their dancing with more people in the community.
Katie Moon, Disability Support in Your Neighborhood
Katie organized the construction of a ramp for a local wheelchair-bound teenager. She also went to several adult and youth
organizations to show them how they can help others in their communities.
Sara Murphy, Cleaning Up Garnchayne Park
Sara and her group of volunteers cleaned up a local park by removing trash and other debris and laying new mulch. She
also created an informative brochure and passed it out to members of the community in hopes that this place would be kept
clean in years to come.
Maureen Murray, The Children's Library
Maureen collected over 500 children's books from local churches. She then recruited volunteers to assist her in creating
a library for a local preschool. The volunteers organized the books, reviewed them to make sure they are appropriate for preschool
children then built the library.
Lily Nelson, Piano for Kids from Low Income Families
Lily taught piano to children at a community learning center. She created colorful posters and games to help the children
in the learning process. She hopes that the children were able to gain some self-confidence throughout the project.
Clara Nguyen, Operation Dips and Dabs
Clara organized a painting project at a local non-profit preschool. She recruited volunteers from the Vietnamese scouting
community to assist her with painting and refurbishing the walls, furniture and bulletin boards in two of the classrooms.
Beth Nicoll, Throw Like a Girl Doesn't Mean What It Used To
Beth organized a softball clinic for girls in her community to learn about the basic skills of fast-pitch softball. She
was able to recruit girls in her community to attend the two-day clinic and learn skills such as fielding, throwing, hitting,
baserunning and teamwork.
Nicole Nieves, Fire Safety & Prevention
Nicole's project dealt with fire safety and prevention. She spoke with several area Girl Scout troops about fire safety
then organized an Open House at the local fire station. She also translated and put together a coloring book in Spanish to
provide outreach in her community.
Christia Panizales , KWIC-Kids Worldwide in Conflict
Christia organized and hosted a conference called Kids Worldwide In Conflict (KWIC) to deal with issues of child soldiers
and child labor. There were over 30 people in attendance at the conference, and Christia felt it was not only beneficial to
the participants, but also to her.
Ashley Parady, Gratifying Games
Ashley collected over 300 new and used games from individuals in her community. She then created a program called "Games
Galore" for a local organization that works with homeless and low-income families. The program used games to review knowledge
and reinforce skills learned in school so that children do not lose the usual 25% of math and reading skills during the summer.
Courtney Parker, Reading is Fun at the Kid's Club
Courtney organized a reading project at a local day care. She organized youth volunteers to assist with the reading program.
She also ran a book drive that benefited the day care center.
Marissa Paslick, Revitalization of the Fellowship
Marissa refurbished an old library at a local assisted living facility. The residents had previously relied on the public
library, but it is in the process of moving out of the area, leaving the residents with only aging, torn books to read. Marissa
and her volunteers collected over 800 books and tapes and catalogued all of them for easier use by the residents.
Julia Pense, Pulse-Aldrin SACC Dance Program
Julia and her project partner started an after school dance program at a local elementary school. They spent the entire
school year with the group of girls, and Julia taught the girls jazz dances and techniques. The program culminated in a performance
for the parents where the girls were able to show off their new skills.
Nicole Pethtel, Watersheds and Kids
Nicole created a puppet play called "Watersheds and Kids" to help teach children about how they can help to
protect our environment. She recruited volunteers to assist her in building the set, puppets and putting on the play at locations
in Fairfax, Montgomery and Howard counties. She donated the kit to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission for future
use in classrooms.
Tamara Pitman, Puppy Grooming
Tamara taught children at a local day camp how to properly care for and groom new puppies. She created the program as
well as an information piece to go along with it then brought in their dogs so they could practice. She also created a video
so that the project can be used at camps in the future.
Ashley Reckert, Project Pretty Pool House
Ashley painted, cleaned, covered, added and replaced items in the snack bar of her community pool. The snack bar was dark
and dingy before her project. It can now be enjoyed by all members of her community.
Stephanie Reese, Craft Kits for Children
Stephanie and her project partner created craft kits to be donated to 9 different children�s hospitals in the
DC metro area. She received donations of craft supplies and recruited volunteers to assist in the process. She completed over
100 kits by the end of the project.
Chadae Rickett, Stop, Drop and Roll, Baby
Chadae developed a fire safety puppet show inspired by her experience getting burned as a young child. She and her volunteers
performed the skit for hundreds of local children over the course of 18 months.
Meaghan Rivera, Dorothy Day Shelter Room Revamp
Meaghan organized a group of volunteers to repaint and redecorate five bedrooms in a local battered women's shelter. As
a result, the women now feel more comfortable in their temporary surroundings. She also received donations from her Service
Unit that she organized and brought to the shelter.
Taj Rollins, Puppy Play Park
Taj created a dog agility park for the local SPCA Spay and Neuter Clinic. There were many dogs in the clinic that did
not get enough exercise, so she organized volunteers to assist her in this project. She created a Jump, Weave Poles and an
A-Frame in hopes that the dogs would stay healthier with exercise.
Janina Samari, Camp Aquasco Sign and Trail Blazing
Janina organized a group of volunteers to assist her in creating new trail signs for a camp in her community. Many of
the trail signs and main camp signs were not visible to campers, so she was able to fix this problem with the help of others.
Afsaneh Samari, Charging toward Excellence
Afsaneh created a mural of her high school mascot then painted it on a wall in the cafeteria. She drew a sketch then organized
over a dozen volunteers to assist her in the painting process. She ended up logging a total of 185 hours to complete the entire
Sara Sankey, Picnic Table Facelift
Sara organized a group of 50 volunteers to put together 19 picnic tables at a local park. The old ones were damaged and
worn, and the park was not able to afford to replace them. Sara feels that her project not only benefited the park, but it
also helped her volunteers learn new team-building and carpentry skills.
Elaine Saur, Language Enrichment Program for Elementary School Students
Elaine created and led a 6-week program at a local elementary school for ESOL students. She focused on third grade girls
and created games, projects and puzzles to help them learn the English language. She created lesson plans so that this project
can be continued in the future.
Carolyn Scott, The Lion's Pride Garden Project
Carolyn organized nine girls from low-income families in a bird and butterfly garden project at their middle school. She
was hoping to create a sense of pride in the girls, for the garden and for themselves. She worked with the girls to plan the
garden then did the actual planting with them in the spring. Since the garden was completed, Carolyn and the girls have all
returned to water and maintain it.
Margaret Sessa-Hawkins, Reading for Life
Margaret completed a two-part project to benefit a local elementary school. She organized a book collection in her community
then she planned and implemented a tutoring program for children at the school. Her project addressed the shortage of help
and materials needed to assist children at the school.
Julie Sexton, Bringing Creativity to the Children of Bogram
Julie led a group of volunteers to sew tote bags that were to be used for donations to children in Afghanistan. She collected
items from her Service Unit to put in the tote bags then sent them to a member of the U.S. military to distribute.
Lauren Shisler, Stories with the Stars
Lauren created and ran a seven-week summer reading program at a local elementary school. Her project served more than
350 low-income and ethnically diverse students and family members within the school community. She recruited volunteers to
assist with the program, which had a different theme each week including "fantasy� and "outer space."
Destiny Slawson, Reading for Everyone
Destiny made books on tape for elementary age students to learn to speak English. She collected books for a local school,
and recorded 75 of them onto cassette tapes. She also recruited volunteers to assist her with the recordings.
Dawn Slekis, Historic Trail Restoration
Dawn organized a group of volunteers to restore a trail at a state park in her community. They ended up clearing 2 miles
of trails by the end of the project. She also created informative posters for visitors to be placed in kiosks along the trail.
Samantha Smoot, Community of Music
Samantha organized three band concerts to benefit a local assisted living facility. She recruited members of her high
school band to perform the music pieces. At the end of her project, she created a notebook and gave to her high school so
they could plan future concerts.
Juliana Spangler, Better Health for Hondurans
Juliana collected toothbrushes and toothpaste with the help of others in her community. She brought these along with pamphlets
she created to Honduras where she taught the local people about dental hygiene and healthy habits.
Meghan Stuart, Hispanic Handbook for Kindergartners and their Teachers
Meghan recruited volunteers (girls and adults) to assist her in creating a "Hispanic Handbook" for local kindergarteners.
Her goal was to overcome communication barriers between teachers and new ESL students. She accomplished this by creating the
book so that it is geared towards English-speaking teachers and Spanish-speaking students.
Allison Sussman, Building Birdhouses for Better Breeding
Allison and her project partner built 48 birdhouses (24 bluebird, 9 screech owl and 9 wood duck) and donated them to several
local city parks. They will be placed so that the birds can nest while others are educated about nesting behaviors. She also
taught students with special needs how to build the birdhouses and about the nesting habits of birds.
Jennifer Talbot, Children and Fingerprints
Jennifer created a two-week program for a local low-income day care center focusing on safety. She also fingerprinted
all the children and brought in fire fighters and police officers to assist with her presentation.
Kristen Templin, Courtyard Renovation
Kristen and her project partner renovated the courtyard at a local elementary school that was damaged by the tornado in
2001. She recruited volunteers to assist with planting and received donations from local companies for supplies. The courtyard
is now a more enjoyable place for students and teachers.
Lauren J. Thomas, Put a Smile On (PSO)
Lauren organized and implemented a series of arts and crafts workshops for the Children's National Medical Center's neighborhood
Outpatient Centers. She recruited volunteers to assist with activities such as drawing, making dolls, reading and making crafts.
Her hope was to help relieve possible anxiety, stress or boredom of young children waiting for treatment.
Alison Thompson, Safety and Beautification of HRS
Alison's project focused on beautifying a fence line in the parking lot of a local church. This included measuring the
distance from shrubs to the fence, digging holes, mulching, and planting trees. She recruited church volunteers and neighbors
to assist her in this project.
Caitlin Toler, Helping Russian Children Learn the Bible
Caitlin organized and ran a Bible camp for a week during the summer for children visiting from Russia. She recruited volunteers
and a Russian translator to assist her. She also created lesson plans and gave to her church for use in the future.
Heather Anne Tydings, Bat Houses for Banshee Reeks
Heather taught younger girls how to put together bat houses at a day camp. The bat houses were then mounted to existing
tree structures at a local nature preserve to create more favorable conditions for the increasing bat population in her county.
Randee Ulsh, Project Pretty Pool House
Randee refurbished the entranceway to her community pool house. She cleaned, painted the walls and organized this area
for guests of the pool to enjoy on their daily visits.
Valerie Vandenberg, Chesapeake Bay Preservation Awareness
Valerie's project focused on awareness of Chesapeake Bay preservation. She created bilingual flyers and brochures as well
as �bags of fun� and educational information for elementary school students about preservation of the
bay. She also conducted several workshops throughout the county teaching the students about what they can do to save the bay.
Laura Wainwright, Language Enrichment for ESL Preschoolers
Laura ran a language enrichment program for Hispanic preschool-age children while their parents were taking ESL classes.
She recruited volunteers to assist her in leading the lessons with the children. She held four different activity sessions
for the children during the course of her project.
Nichelle Walker, Books, Babies and MOMS
Nichelle led a book collection for a local organization that assists young mothers in need. She then painted a bookcase
and decorated it with the help of one of the mothers. At the end of her project, the mothers and their children have over
1200 books to read in a pleasant atmosphere with the new bookcase.
Ashley Waters, Recruiting for the Flowers Band
Ashley created a PowerPoint to recruit new members to her high school band. She visited several middle schools and made
her presentation to the students there to inspire them to join. She created other materials along with the PowerPoint to assist
the band in future recruiting efforts.
Rebecca Webb, Project Pretty Pool House
Project Pretty Pool House was the combined efforts of four separate Gold Award projects. Rebecca was responsible for designing
and doing outlines of all the murals. She also cleaned and painted the women's dressing room.
Claire White, Teen Volunteer Connection
Claire designed, compiled and edited a student resource for Volunteer Fairfax (a service organization in her community).
She contacted all the agencies to get updated information then put it together in the new Directory of Youth Service Opportunities.
She then advertised the resource by sending out press releases and speaking to students and school administrators about it.
Megan Widman, Project Pretty Pool House
Megan assisted in a pool house clean-up project for her community. Her responsibility was cleaning and painting the men's
dressing/shower room. She also assisted with painting the murals on the walls.
Valerie Wiest, A Japanese Journey
Valerie created a program about Japanese culture and shared with several elementary classes and summer camps. Her workshops
consisted of teaching children about Japanese art, food, clothing, language, games and daily living. She also created a guide
for teachers to assist them in teaching students about Japanese culture, which she distributed after her workshops.
Caitlin Wolff, Youth Lacrosse League
Caitlin's project had three parts to it. First, she organized a youth lacrosse clinic for girls in her community with
the help of fellow team members. Second, she created and distributed pamphlets detailing local lacrosse camps, leagues, and
club teams in her community. And finally, she coached a youth lacrosse team, by showing them new skills and techniques.
Jennifer Wright, All the World's a Stage
Jennifer organized and directed a spring musical for children at a local elementary school. The children had never had
the opportunity to participate in such an activity, and they were very excited to perform. The students performed for other
students as well as for their parents.
Casey Young, DC: Discovering Conservation
Casey organized a conservation expo for local youth to teach them more about the field of science and conservation. The
expo attracted over 500 participants and over 50 presenters from different conservation-focused organizations.
Lauren Ziegler, A Midsummer's Night Tea- How to Host a Volunteer Tea Party
Lauren held a tea party for younger children where she taught them how to host their own tea party. There were over 30
girls and boys in attendance. She also created a brochure that someone could use in planning a tea party. After her tea party,
she found out that two participants of hers have already planned more in their communities