Girl Scouts Recognized at All That Glitters Ceremony

April 2, 2015

Girl Scouts Shine at Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’

2015 All That Glitters Award Ceremony


Girl Scouts were shining stars during Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ (GSSI) All That Glitters award ceremony on March 28, 2015 at Rend Lake Resort in Whittington, Illinois. Each year, the banquet recognizes Girl Scouts from across southern Illinois who achieve significant accomplishments in community service and leadership.

Awardees included recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the top individual award a Girl Scout can earn, as well as Girl Scout Silver Award, which is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. Twelve Girl Scouts also were honored with the Trifecta Award, which recognizes the outstanding accomplishment of earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the Girl Scout Silver Award and the Girl Scout Silver Award. In addition, Lainey Brown from O’Fallon, Megan Kraus from Waterloo and Deanna Hohgrefe from Chester were named Graduating Girl Scouts for their extraordinary Girl Scout careers. Brown and Kraus received a $500 scholarship funded by GSSI’s Annual Brownie Haunted Camp event, while Hohgrefe received a $1000 scholarship funded by GSSI’s staff giving campaign. In addition, four GSSI Girl Scouts were presented with the Girl Scout Medal of Honor, a national Lifesaving Award that recognizes heroic acts beyond the degree of maturity and training expected at the girl’s age. Girls receiving the Girl Scout Medal of Honor were Cheyenne Chalkus from Salem, Kayli Kohn from Fairfield and Brianna and Brittany McGehee from Mt. Vernon.

Please see the following list for a full description of awards, as well as a list of this year’s awardees.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award for girls in Girl Scouting. Only about 5 percent of eligible girls, who are Girl Scout Seniors and Girl Scout Ambassadors, take the rigorous path toward earning this prestigious award, but those who complete the journey change the lives of others and their own in amazing and significant ways. This year’s Girl Scout Gold Award recipients include:

Katie Albert               Troop #387, Waterloo

Elizabeth Arend          Troop #17, Highland

Lainey Brown            Troop #915, O’Fallon

Kaylynn Clement        Troop #915, O’Fallon

Kaitlyn Frick             Troop #46, Edwardsville

Emily Fuhler             Troop #676, Trenton

Megan Kraus              Troop #332,Waterloo

Lizzie Krouse             Troop #8474, Albion

Alexandra Lloyd         Troop #1123, O’Fallon

Jordan Lorusso           Troop #551, Edwardsville

Tessa Miller              Troop #8393, Red Bud

Samantha Mitchell      Troop #8174, Carbondale

Claire Rankin             Troop #8106, Carterville

Caitlynn Rosenberg     Troop #372, O’Fallon

Tera Sparks               Troop #915, O’Fallon

Kathryn Stacy            Troop #915, Shiloh

Carley Sutton             Troop #8426, Greenville

Krista VanDriel          Troop #372, O’Fallon

Shelby Wratchford      Troop #399, Fults


The Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, is symbolic of accomplishments in Girl Scouting and community activities as a girl becomes her best self and builds the world around her. The Girl Scout Silver Award project benefits a girl’s community and can be earned as an individual or as part of a group. This year’s Girl Scout Silver Award recipients include:

Alton: Sarah Gratton

Bartelso: Morgan Huelsmann

Belleville: Heather Gundlach and Courtney White

Benton: Gillian Emrich

Bluford: Lexi Scrivner

Brighton: Abby Fahnestock

Collinsville: Fayth Benson

Dupo: Maria Caito, Selena Douglas, Micayla Koonce and Elizabeth Nelson

East Carondelet: Victoria Weaver

Edwardsville: Hannah Almos, Leatrice Hein, Sydney Joslyn, Colleen McCracken and Anndi Partridge

Effingham: Madison Blacker, Tristen Jones and Sarah Lemar

Fairview Heights: Chelse King

Germantown: Tessa Beckman and Samantha Eversgerd

Glen Carbon: Sarah Dietzen and Lauren Whaley

Godfrey: Taylor Houchens

Granite City: Mackenzie Butchee, Kimberly Melton, Jessica Scarbough and Grace Sedabres

Hecker: Anastazia Jany

Highland: Darla Balint, Chiara Frydruch and Mallory LaFrance

Marine: Katie France

Marion: Amber Haantz, Katherine Hickey, Emily Kucharski and Sierra Smith

Marissa: Reesha Bievenue, Kelsey Campbell, Kyla Krause and Adrianna Wyninegar

Millstadt: Emma Hampsten, Gabby Holmes and Megan Scheibel

Neoga: Jessica Atwell, Sheila Cline, Emily Coen and Cheyenne Vondrak

O’Fallon: Caitlin Lloyd

Red Bud: Tory Huggins and Laura Juelfs

St. Jacob: Jenna Fisher, Katharine Housewright and Megan Quam

Staunton: Isa Zurek

Swansea: Gabrielle Gebhardt, Sydney Grellner, Allison LaSalvia and Caroline Smith

Troy: Melissa Atkins, Kaitlyn Barnett, Lydia Blaies, Hannah Franklin, Noelle Grabowski, Mary Hamilton, Shelby Lavely and Danielle Overbey

Waterloo: Payton Smith

Worden: Lydia Fulton

Olathe, KS: Adriana Powell



The Girl Scout Trifecta Award recognizes GSSI Girl Scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, Girl Scout Silver Award and the Girl Scout Gold Award. Following are the 2015 GSSI Trifecta Award recipients:

Katie Albert              Troop #387, Waterloo

Elizabeth Arend        Troop #17, Highland

Lainey Brown           Troop #915, O’Fallon

Kaylynn Clement      Troop #915, O’Fallon

Kaitlyn Frick            Troop #46, Edwardsville

Megan Kraus            Troop #332,Waterloo

Alexandra Lloyd      Troop #1123, O’Fallon

Jordan Lorusso        Troop #551, Edwardsville

Samantha Mitchell    Troop #8174, Carbondale

Caitlynn Rosenberg   Troop #915, O’Fallon

Tera Sparks              Troop #915, O’Fallon

Kathryn Stacy          Troop #915, Shiloh



The Outstanding Graduating Girl Scouts Scholarships are awarded to extraordinary Girl Scout careers and can be used by girls to attend the college of their choice. This year’s Outstanding Graduating Girl Scouts include:

Lainey Brown from O’Fallon: Lainey a member of Troop #915 and has been a Girl Scout for over 9 years. She earned the Girl Scout Gold Award this year by working with a local nursing home where she planned events and created sensory boards for patients with Alzheimer’s. Lainey attends O’Fallon Township High School and plans to attend Southern Illinois University Edwardsville upon graduation.

“The greatest things I’ve gained through Girl Scouts are confidence, leadership and family,” said Lainey. “I learned that taking charge of yourself and what you care about can turn out to be amazing.”


Megan Kraus from Waterloo: Megan is from Troop #32 and has been a Girl Scout for 13 years. She earned the Girl Scout Gold Award this year by incorporating art into various service projects at her school and church. As part of her Girl Scout community service, she also volunteers at day camp and plans to come back to camp as a unit leader upon graduation. Megan attends Waterloo High School and plans to pursue a degree in Spanish at Truman State University.

“At the end of the day, I am glad I’ve been involved with Girl Scouts for the past 13 years rather than soccer or skating,” said Megan. “When training, athletes only focus on their sport; in Girl Scouts, I have been able to learn a variety of things and build up so many dreams that I otherwise never would have known I had.”


Deanna Hohgrefe from Chester: Deanna is from Troop #8239 and has been a Girl Scout for 12 years. She has also earned her Girl Scout Silver Award and Girl Scout Bronze Award. Deanna also went on a Girl Scout destination travel experience to Germany and serves as a council delegate for her Service Unit. She currently attends Chester High School and plans to attend Concordia University in Wisconsin.

“I would tell someone thinking about putting their daughter into Girl Scouts that the skills I have learned from being a Girl Scout have made me the person I am today,” said Deanna. “I am so grateful that I have been able to do all of the many things I have gotten to do – from ice skating and skiing to traveling around the world.”



The Girl Scouts of the USA Medal of Honor, a Girl Scout national Lifesaving Award, was presented to four GSSI Girl Scouts for their heroic actions. Lifesaving Awards have been a part of the Girl Scout program since the movement started in 1912 and are a form of recognition given to a registered Girl Scout who has saved or attempted to save a human life under circumstances that indicate heroism or risk of her own life. These awards are reserved for Girl Scouts who have performed heroic acts beyond the degree of maturity and training expected at their age. Awardees are:

Cheyenne Chalkus of Salem

Kayli Kohn of Fairfield

Brianna and Brittany McGehee of Mt. Vernon


Editor’s Note: If you would like a photo of a Girl Scout Gold Award, Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout Scholarship or Girl Scout Medal of Honor recipient, please e-mail Tricia Higgins at


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a high-capacity Girl Scout council serving approximately 14,000 girls and 4,800 adult volunteers in 40 ½ counties in southern Illinois.

The mission of Girl Scouting states: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.   Girl Scouts is the world’s pre-eminent organization dedicated solely to girls – all girls – where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives – like strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.

Today’s Girl Scouts not only enjoy camping and crafts, but they also explore math and science and learn about diversity, good citizenship, leadership and teamwork. Girl Scouting is the place where girls experience the fun, friendship and power of girls together.

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is a not-for-profit organization supported by various United Ways throughout the region. Girl Scouts is a Proud Partner of United Way.

For more information, please call Tricia Higgins at 800.345.6858 or e-mail