On Saturday, June 26th, three Cuyahoga Falls City Schools students and alum were honored by the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio during their Gold Award Celebration event. Lucy Hanselman, Kathryn Spinner and Marjorie Spinner each received the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award (the highest achievement in Girl Scouting) for their individual “Take Action” projects to effect meaningful and sustainable change.
Lucy Hanselman, a Cuyahoga Falls High School senior, was recognized for her “Twin Falls Youth Room”. Hanselman has been a very active Girl Scout since kindergarten. She has earned the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, and has participated in dozens of community service projects and Girl Scout events. Lucy’s Gold Award project benefits community groups as well as the congregation and youth of Twin Falls United Methodist Church in Munroe Falls. She saw a need for a dedicated meeting space for the church’s youth group and other small groups to meet. Lucy directed the renovation of an outdated, cluttered, and underused nursery, turning it into a bright, modern, and welcoming space that is being used frequently for Girl Scout and Scout BSA troops, youth activities, small group meetings, and much more.
Kathryn Spinner, a CFCSD 2020 graduate, was recognized for her “Cuyahoga Falls Postcard Project”. Spinner has been in Girl Scouts for 12 years. Kathryn’s postcard project was inspired by her art teacher and will live on through the CFHS Art Department. She distributed blank postcards throughout the city to residents of all ages to be returned decorated and depicting a memory or favorite place in Cuyahoga Falls. Hundreds of the postcards were returned and, with the help of Downtown Cuyahoga Falls Partnership and the parks and recreation department, she was able to display the cards in the downtown pavilion windows. This afforded Cuyahoga Falls residents an opportunity to safely view the postcards and attracted many visitors during the pandemic. On June 23rd, Fox 8 News highlighted her project in their “Helping Cleveland’s Own” segment. The postcards were archived by the local historical society and live on through social media.
Marjorie Spinner, also a CFCSD 2020 graduate, was recognized for her “Cuyahoga Falls Wheels of Steel” project. Marjorie has enjoyed being a Girl Scout for the past 12 years. Her project was inspired by a group called WAWAD (Wirecar Auto Workers Association of Detroit), who came to her school and held a workshop on how to build mini cars made from wire. She saw this as an opportunity to create an artistic outlet for her community as well as making an organization that would bring artists from all over together. From in-person workshops to an online format, she taught artists how to problem solve, create, and build their own wired cars in order to create a virtual “cruise”, or a parade, of all of the artists driving their artwork. With donations made from local establishments, her project lives on through an annual city-wide art show.
Congratulations to our Gold Award winners – we’re very proud of you!