Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York Honor 2019 Silver & Gold Award Recipients

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI’s) report, "The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life," Gold Award Girl Scouts receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award .

When compared to non–Girl Scout alums, Gold Award Girl Scouts soar when it comes to seeing themselves as leaders, providing service to others through volunteerism, and having positive attitudes about themselves and the lives they lead. More generally, over 90 percent of Girl Scouts not only attributed their success in life to Girl Scouts, but they also said they could not have had access to the same experiences anywhere else.

This year, Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York (GSNENY) recognize eight Gold Award recipients. GSNENY will also honored two Honorary Gold Award recipients, Susan Dake and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara as well as Keynote Speaker, Courtney Moore.

2019 Gold Award projects range from filming a documentary to increase awareness about Alzheimer’s disease to addressing the effects of light pollution. Gold Award recipients this year include:

  • Amanda Ennis (Greenwich) for her Alzheimer’s Association project;
  • Sofia Fasullo (Albany) for her Mohawk Humane Society Benefit Program;
  • Alexandra Bellisario (East Greenbush) for her Star Bright project (Alexandra Bellisario has also been nominated for a National Gold Award, which will be announced later this year),
  • Heather Daoust (Canajoharie, NY) for her Beautification of the Castleton Cemetery,
  • Amanda Despart (Stephentown) for her Little Free Library Book Kiosk;
  • Keirsten Lamora (Troy) for her Change for Music project;
  • Jennifer Crowley (Ballston Spa) for her Rosary Garden at Auriesville Shrine restoration; and
  • Victoria Wilday (Canajoharie) for her Fort Plain Free Library Tiny House project.

“The women leaders of tomorrow are today’s Gold Award recipients and we certainly have some strong contenders with this year’s group,” said GSNENY CEO, Mary Buszuwski. “By pursuing their passions each of these young women are recognized as capable and dedicated community members who will make the world a better place.”

Over the course of the last century, millions of Girl Scout alums have positively impacted their communities and the world with their creative, impactful, and sustainable Take Action projects.

This year, GSNENY awarded Josephine Content the inaugural McGraw Family – Allison Marinucci Gold Award Scholarship, named for Caroline McGraw, Girl Scout alumna and 2018 National Gold Award recipient. McGraw earned the National Gold Award for her project on pollinator protection. Her project ultimately led to the pollinator protection bill, which was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo last December.

It’s not only Girl Scouts who understand the value of the Gold Award. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to award recipients, and girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts.

2019 Honorary Gold Award recipients: Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbra and Susan Dake
2019 Honorary Gold Award Recipients Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbra and Susan Dake
Gold Award Girl Scout with Board Members
From left to right: GSNENY Board Chair Chandler Ralph, Gold Award Girl Scout Amanda Despart, GSNENY CEO Mary Buszuwski, and GSNENY Board Member Dr. Kristen Navarette.
Annalise Short
Silver Award Girl Scout Annalese Short and GSNENY CEO Mary Buszuwski

About the Girl Scout Gold Award

Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each Gold Award Girl Scout’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers. They are our future, and it looks bright!