Gold Award Girl Scouts receive honorable mentions from GSWPA

GSWPA’s annual Awards of Distinction in May celebrated remarkable women in leadership in Pittsburgh, as well as the accomplishments of incredible Gold Award Girl Scouts. The following Gold Award Girl Scouts were recognized with honorable mentions for Girl Scout Humanitarian and Girl Scout of Distinction.

Gold Award Girl Scout Taylor Rechenmacher, a senior at North Allegheny Senior High School, accepts the award for the 2021 Honorable Mention, Girl Scout Humanitarian for her project: NICU Nonprofit Awareness.

Taylor addressed the stress that parents and families endure when a baby is staying in the neonatal intensive care unit by partnering with an organization called Project Sweet Peas. Taylor created videos for Sweet Peas to help promote their work and coordinated a donation drive of toiletry items. Taylor also led 37 volunteers to make more than 300 Halloween costumes to allow these families to celebrate their baby’s first Halloween.


Gold Award Girl Scout Ava Farrell, a senior at North Catholic High School, accepts the award for the 2021 Honorable Mention, Girl Scout of Distinction for her project: Adaptive Catholic Mass Resources for Children with Autism and Learning Disabilities.

To support the spiritual welfare of all members of her faith, Ava created two books to simplify the Catholic Mass for children and teenagers with autism and other learning disabilities. The books direct the worshiper through the Mass, providing explanation of the rich traditions and prayers.


Gold Award Girl Scout Katrina Schwab, a senior at Pine-Richland High School, accepts the award for the 2021 Honorable Mention, Girl Scout of Distinction for her project: Nest Box for Wood Ducks.

When Katrina realized the decline of the wood duck population in her area, she wanted to provide her community with education and resources to help. She made seven wood duck nesting boxes for Latodami Nature Center, installed them with her team of volunteers, and educated community members through workshops that taught others how to make the boxes. Additionally, she made and posted step-by-step instructional videos on constructing the boxes.

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