Girls Scouts of Gateway Council honor 15 area recipients of prestigious Gold Award


Girl Scouts of Gateway Council has recognized 15 young women with the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award.

This year’s Gold Award recipients include young women from across Northeast and North Central Florida. They are:

■ Daria Burdette, Atlantic Beach

■ Brianna Dillard, Jacksonville

■ Katherine Dykstra, Ponte Vedra Beach

■ Jennifer Gordon, Bunnell

■ Amanda Higley, St. Johns

■ Hannah James, Orange Park

■ Celina Johnson, Jacksonville

■ Kaitlyn Karnes, Neptune Beach

■ Emily Matthews, Atlantic Beach

■ Danielle Oko, St. Johns

■ Emilie Pearson, Gainesville

■ Shreya Ravi, Jacksonville

■ Elena Sarabia, Gainesville

■ Miranda Van Zyl, Ponte Vedra

■ Jenni Wilson, Orange Park

“The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls — and the most difficult to earn — and it’s only available to Girl Scouts,” said Mary Anne Jacobs, CEO of Girl Scouts of Gateway Council. “The award acknowledges the power behind each Gold Award Girl Scout’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others.”

Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been planning and executing creative, impactful and sustainable “Take Action” projects in response to community needs. The Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities and the world. 

Girl Scout Gold Award projects tackle a broad spectrum of important issues that occur locally and around the globe. Gold Award recipients represent the most successful and engaged Girl Scouts, actively achieving a sense of self and community service while sharing their ideas and passions with their communities.

 “These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers,” Jacobs said of Gateway Council’s awardees. “They are our future, and it looks bright!”

To learn more about the benefits of going gold or to join Girl Scouts, visit For inquiries about the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council Gold Award recipients and their projects, contact TriciaRae Stancato at or (904) 421-3484.