What better way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the highest award in Girl Scouting than to partner with our sister council, Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts! At a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House yesterday, June 13, 2016, we celebrated our awesome and inspiring 2016 Gold Awardees from across the Commonwealth.
Girl Scouts and their families gathered at the Massachusetts State House to watch more than 60 girls receive their Gold Award pins from council CEOs and commendations from elected officials. In addition, Governor Charlie Baker; Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito; State Senator Anne Gobi; and Frederick Maguire, Lieutenant Colonel and USA Commander of the Boston Chapter of The Military Order of the World Wars, were in attendance.
These are some of our favorite moments from the occasion:
Gold Awardee Makayla Berg from Methuen discussing her project, Opening Doors: LGBT+ Awareness, with GSEM CEO Patricia A. Parcellin.
Gold Awardee Lisa Marie Gagnon from Danvers presenting her project, After School Study.
USS CONSTITUTION all-women honor guard leading the opening flag ceremony.
State Senator Anne Gobi addressing more than 200 attendees.
(L-R) Akshitha Ramachandran of Winchester, Amanda Judah of Wayland, and Aimee Correia of Dartmouth, Young Women of Distinction candidates, receiving the Patrick Henry Award from Frederick Maguire, Lieutenant Colonel and USA Commander of the Boston Chapter of The Military Order of the World Wars.
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito congratulating the Gold Awardees.
Governor Charlie Baker giving an inspiring address to the Gold Awardees about the importance of action and accepting and learning from failure. Then, he declared June 13, 2016 to be “100 Years of Changing the World Day”! We are so honored!
Gold Awardees from GSEM and GSCWM with (front row, L-R): immediate past GSEM Board Chair Elizabeth Stevenson, GSCWM CEO Patricia Hallberg, GSEM CEO Patricia A. Parcellin, GSEM Board Chair Tricia Tilford, and GSUSA national board member Mina Nguyen.
Congratulations to all Girl Scouts who earned the Gold Award in this centennial year! We are so proud of you!
All photos courtesy of Randy H. Goodman