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2017 Gold Award Girl Scouts

Brumbaugh
Madison Brumbaugh, Troop 2028
PROPER CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF YOUR PET

I raised awareness in my community about animal disease prevention, awareness and proper maintenance of your pet. I created an educational brochure and website. Ten veterinary and animal adoption clinics around my island distributes the brochure and website link to their animal owners. By educating the general public, this will help decrease the prevalence of animal diseases and create a healthier population of pets.

carson
Kiana Carson, Troop 676
THE BEAUTY AND IMPORTANCE OF WAHIAWA BOTANICAL GARDEN

For my project, I made a docent training program in both a PowerPoint and booklet form for the Wahiawa Botanical Garden. This book has been digitalized to maintain the files and information for years to come. I also restored all of the glass cases that house plant catalogs throughout Wahiawa Botanical Garden.

Kimata
Anna Kimata, San Jacinto Council Troop 27040
CODING FOR A CAUSE

This summer, I incorporated my passion for STEM to serve the Hawaii community. With guidance from my mentors Charles Gum and Cindy Miller, I led a team of students in creating new websites for two non-profit organizations; Japanese Women's Society Foundation and Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii. In teaching my team the fundamental aspects of writing code, I also shared the spirit of service and technical knowledge with my coders. I hope they will use this knowledge in future charitable endeavors.

Noguchi
Candace Noguchi, Troop 312
SPACE FOR THE COMMUNITY

The Pearl City Foundation (PCF), is a local nonprofit organization based at the Momilani Recreation Center. Due to recent thefts and unsecured equipment, I coordinated, planned, and placed two 40' by 10' standard sized shipping containers at the Momilani recreation center. These containers provide the organization safe and secure space to place their equipment and ward against theft and the elements. 

Ogata
Pomaika’i Ogata, Troop 8002
BUILD-A-BENCH

My Gold Award Project addressed the issue of bullying and addressed the need for basic construction skills among young people within the community. I planned and hosted a Build-A-Bench Day in which various stations taught different basic construction skills such as cutting wood, sanding wood, and assembling benches, etc. The Friendship Benches built during the event were sent to different public schools on O`ahu to promote anti-bullying among students and to help students make new friends.

popp
Nicole Popp, Troop 840
COCONUT RHINOCEROS BEETLE: OUTREACH AND EDUCATION

The Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle (CRB) came to Hawaii in 2013 and is actively destroying coconut trees. I educated the community about the CRB and created displays to show how you can identify the grubs and beetles. I intend on becoming an entomologist and have accepted an internship this summer based on my Gold Award project. My displays are located at several botanical gardens, Honolulu International Airport, and at the Pacific Entomological Society.

Rooks
Elizabeth Rooks, Troop 840
PERPETUATING THE ART AND HISTORY OF HAWAIIAN SLACK KEY GUITAR

The issue my project addressed was the lack of knowledge of slack key guitar in my generation. I educated my generation about what slack key guitar is and the historical importance of carrying on this tradition. I did this by presenting at a Kailua farmers market and by creating a website about my journey and sharing it on social media.

Thomas
Golda-Gray Thomas, Troop 802

FRIENDSHIP PROMISE

This project helped to teach younger students (primarily kindergarten and first graders) how to be better friends to each other, to create a sense of community and unity among classroom settings. The issue that my project addressed is the lack of ability in the younger students psycho-social skill set to make new friends, which leads to a larger problem of bullying fellow students and often times polarizing students to developing new friendships. A friendship bench is a safe place on the playground for kids to go when they need a friend. When someone sits on the friendship bench, they are letting other students and teachers know that they are looking for a friend to play with or someone to talk to.

Tokunaga
Jennifer Tokunaga, Troop 312
BETTER FOOD FOR OUR KEIKI

I built an aquaponics system at Webling Elementary School, it introduces the kids to locally grown produce, teaching them how to grow their own produce and fish. I also taught them how to maintain a aquaponics system and that they can build one of their own in their backyard or apartment.

Tsuda
Nicole Tsuda, Troop 791 
NICOLE'S GUIDE TO ADOPTION

I am adopted and I never noticed until now, how it affects people. Adopting a child comes with a bunch of emotions, thoughts, feelings, and so much more. I wanted to give parents and kids away to feel secure and have someone just like them to relate to. I developed a website linked to an international adoption agency that will be useful to anyone and everyone.

Yamamoto
Haley Yamamoto, Troop 802
FRIENDSHIP PROMISE

My project promotes social inclusion and anti-bullying with the use of a Friendship Bench, which is a safe place on the playground for kids when they need a friend and is an easy way to get help when feeling excluded. I developed a Friendship Bench Guide that helps the user implement a Bench at their school. The Guide was shared with over 250 local contacts. To date, the Guide has been viewed about 200 times per month and has been pinned on 70 Pinterest boards worldwide.