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Local Girls Awarded Highest Girl Scout Honor

Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada (GSSN) will recognize 72 Girl Scouts at the All That Glitters Awards Ceremony – an annual celebration honoring Girl Scouts who have earned the highest awards (Bronze, Silver, and Gold) in Girl Scouting, as well as recognizing graduating seniors and Girl Scouts who will be receiving their 10-year pin – on Saturday, May 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. The awards ceremony will be held virtually.

“Though we’ve faced unprecedented challenges in the last year, our Girl Scouts were unstoppable in their quest to identify and improve conditions within their community,” said Ann Nelson, CEO of Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada. “We are proud to honor the 72 outstanding Girl Scouts who have earned their Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. They are the leaders of tomorrow and we can’t wait to see what they do next.”

Only awarded to Girl Scouts who solve a community issue by implementing a long-term solution, the Girl Scout Gold Award is a remarkable achievement for high school girls in 9th to 12th grades. Skills developed through the Girl Scout program include critical thinking, problem solving, and conflict resolution, which are all necessary components for a successful Gold Award project. GSSN will be recognizing two Gold Award Girl Scouts at this year’s ceremony.

Both of these exceptional Girl Scouts are Reno residents:

Hayley Johnson, a graduate of Hug High and current freshman at the University of Nevada, Reno, designed her Gold Award project to start a conversation about the mental health stigma. The three components of her project – the PSA, pamphlets, and Hope Boards – were each designed to provide people with knowledge about the signs and symptoms of depression and offer resources for mental health help. With the assistance of the Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra, these components continue to be distributed throughout the local community, allowing the discussion of mental health to be seen as part of normal life. Find a photo of Hayley here.

Ainsley Parmer, a graduate of Galena High and current freshman at the University of Mississippi, designed her Gold Award Project, The Galena High School Leader Letter Award Project, to encourage student involvement in their school and community. The program promotes leadership development, civic understanding and involvement, and philanthropic service. The curriculum was designed after researching many different organizational structures, reading and reviewing numerous resources, and consulting with different leaders to explore their leadership styles and the resources they utilize. Students who participate in this program develop leadership skills that will serve them not only in their current high school activities but also in college and throughout their lives. Find a photo of Ainsley here.

Girls who earn their Girl Scout Gold Award continue to have success after the completion of their project. Benefits include: earning college scholarships, creating a community legacy, establishing a lifetime network, and many more winning opportunities. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to “Go Gold,” an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

To learn more about Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada or the Girl Scout Highest Awards, visit