by JENNIFER FRAKES | photos by Alicia Jeanne Photography

Helping Others


Brenna Sickles and Gillian Northway are two eighth graders who are making a difference. As Cadette Girl Scouts, these two young women received the Girl Scouts Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Scout can earn, and the second highest award a Girl Scout can receive. To be considered for the award, the girls had to choose a project that could be finished while they are in middle school and would send a long-lasting positive message.

student_northwaysickles4Brenna and Gillian knew they wanted to give back to their former elementary school, Breeze Hill Elementary (BHE), and thought about holding a fundraiser for playground equipment, but when they saw how much playground equipment costs, they knew they needed to come up with a new idea. “We decided to paint murals with an anti-bullying message. Once we put together a slide show and the school approved the project, we asked BHE students to come up with designs to promote anti-bullying. We chose one design from Kindergarten and first grade students, one from second and third grade students, one from fourth grade students, and one from fifth grade students. The designs we chose eventually became the murals,” explained Gillian. Brenna added, “The most important thing about the murals is the positive message they send out to the students who will see them over the years. The messages are simple to understand since they were designed by the different grade levels.”

Name: Brenna Sickles
Grade: 8
Family: Parents – Joe and Korina Allen; Siblings – Henry (7), Olivia (5), Peyton (3)
Favorite place in 92081: The Rancho Buena Vista Softball Fields

Name: Gillian Northway
Grade: 8
Family: Mom – Heather Northway
Favorite place in 92081: Moonlight Amphitheatre


Both girls love being in Girl Scouts, with Brenna particularly enjoying the challenges of projects and earning patches, and Gillian finding joy in leadership activities. Brenna is an avid softball and basketball player who attends Guajome Park Academy. “What I love about both softball and basketball is that our teams are just like a family – there are all different personalities, but we all come together on the field and on the court,” revealed Brenna.


Gillian attends Madison Middle School and is passionate about playing piano and performing in theater productions. “With piano, you can express so many different emotions and thoughts through your fingertips. I’ve also fallen in love with theater – the electrifying feeling backstage, the pure joy of being on stage, and the people involved in theater productions,” related Gillian.

As these two Cadette Scouts continue on their journeys to high school and beyond, it’s a safe bet to say that they will continue to make a difference in whatever they pursue.