The 71 young women honored in this year’s Gold Award ceremony make up Nassau County’s most accomplished. As a Council, we are extremely proud of their achievements as Girl Scouts and look forward to what they will do as leaders in the future.
Girl Scoutsof Nassau County honored its Gold Award class of 2018 on Monday, June 25, 2018 at Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center (PAC). The event began with the honorees arriving in their vests and sashes ready for the memorable evening ahead. Excited family members and friends gathered to learn more about the individual projects that made it all possible while viewing the informative display boards created by each Gold Award Girl Scout. The honorees assembled together and posed for an official class photo before the ceremonial events began.
When doors opened, GSNC Chief Executive Officer Randell M. Bynum welcomed the honorees, their families and friends to the special occasion. The Gold Award Girl Scouts listened closely while Ms. Bynum shared words of praise and advice. She then introduced the Mistresses of the Ceremony, Kaitlyn Gioia, a 2011 Gold Award Girl Scout, and Katie Lenz, a 2015 Gold Award Girl Scout.
Kaitlyn and Katie introduced the GSNC Ceremonial Unit who put on a traditional presentation of the flags and called upon the GSNC Chorus to perform a few special songs. The ceremony’s keynote speaker, 2008 Gold Award Girl Scout Melanie Sinesi, was then welcomed to the podium. Ms. Sinesi, who is the Deputy Director of Community Affairs for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, spoke of her experiences as an intern and related the familiar efforts of going above and beyond to the incredible determination found within Gold Award Girl Scouts. As a delegate for her Service Unit, Ms. Sinesi cited the role that Girl Scouts continues to play in her life after earning her Gold Award and encouraged the honorees to become Lifetime Members. She advised them to always lend a hand to a fellow girl in need and to continue to take part in volunteering experiences, reassured the honorees that not knowing their next step is acceptable, and instructed them to always strive to be leaders.
Kaitlyn and Katie led the highlight of the evening when they began introducing each individual Gold Award Girl Scout in recognition. The honorees joined the stage to be pinned by GSNC President and Chief Volunteer Officer Wanda Jackson, followed by a handshake with Ms. Bynum and Ms. Sinesi. Also on stage, were GSNC’s assigned Gold Award mentors who stood proudly to congratulate their mentees while they were honored and pinned. Each honoree’s moment in the spotlight was notable and unique, adding to the overall sense of joy felt in the auditorium.
Ms. Jackson took to the podium one last time to congratulate the honorees, requesting they continue to do great things and stay connected to Girl Scouts. She spoke to the Go-Getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, and Leader (G.I.R.L.) within each honoree, deeming them unstoppable women on powerful missions.
To conclude, the honorees stood to accept the Gold Award Charge, where they promised to live by the Girl Scout law and to encourage the younger generations to reach for Gold! Met with a roaring applause from the audience, the girls then set off colorful streamers as a class to commemorate the end of their special ceremony.
The event truly showcased the drive within each Nassau County Gold Award honoree and the pride that comes with being a Girl Scout.