Get to Know the Newest Kansas VFW Scout of the Year

Gold Award Spotlight: Alyssa Klinzing

Miss Kansas Teen USA, 2013.

Teen Miss Earth United States.

Olathe North High School graduate.

Kansas VFW Scout of the Year.


These are just a few of the titles that our newest Girl Scout Alumna, Alyssa Klinzing holds; now you can add National Young Woman of Distinction Nominee!

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Every year, ten exceptionally inspiring Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are chosen by Girl Scouts of the USA as National Young Women of Distinction (NYWOD). This honor is given to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors whose Gold Award projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact and addressed a local challenge related to a national and/or global issue.

This year, GSKSMO nominated three of our 2016 Gold Award Recipients to be considered for this prestigious title including Blayre Messner and Teresa Shockley.

For her Gold Award project, Alyssa combined her love of the ocean with the need for additional learning opportunities for students in her school district. Her goal was to provide a fun, interactive learning experience for people of all ages to learn more about marine biology and oceanography.

Alyssa received $6,000 in support from the Olathe Public Schools Foundation, her geosciences teacher and others to purchase supplies, including a Sea Bus – a marine habitat and touch tank that can be easily transported to students.


Using some of the animals in her geosciences program such as star fish, shrimp and other creatures, Alyssa developed and wrote an educational curriculum. In one month alone, she gave 35 presentations and worked with 500 students using her Sea Bus!

“I didn’t expect the impact that this project would have. I’m excited to see it grow and go on,” Alyssa said!

Earning her Gold Award was the culmination of Alyssa’s Girl Scout experience. She has been in Girl Scouts for 13 years, since she was just a Daisy as a member of Troop 837. This fall Alyssa will head off to California to study business and entrepreneurship at Whittier College and the Sea Bus will be in the care of her teacher. The curriculum now lives with the geosciences program and students will continue to bring it to schools for years to come.

In addition to being nominated as one of our council’s National Young Women of Distinction nominees, Alyssa was just selected as the VFW Scout of the Year for Kansas. Alyssa has joined a powerful group of high achievers The Scout of the Year for Kansas nominee has been a Girl Scout for the past four years, and we are exceptionally proud of that streak of excellence!

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Alyssa is visiting some of her sister troops encouraging them to Go Gold and sharing what earning her Gold Award has meant to her! “I have done things in the past three months that I wouldn’t have got to do had I not earned my Gold Award. This is something that every Girl Scout should want to do!”

This year the Highest Award in Girl Scouting turned 100! Are you a Highest Award Recipient and have a story to share?! Let us know in the comments below!


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