We had an absolutely kick-butt roster of Girls Rock Award nominees this year!  All told 37 girls were nominated from all across the state of Maine.  Read all about the winners below.

Title IX: This year’s winner for Title IX is Cassidy Dangler, of Waterville, ME. At ten years old, Cassidy became the youngest female ever to earn a black belt in karate from Club NAHA Karate-Do Dojo, at the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville. Now at 15, she is among the few females to become a Sensei, or teacher, passing along the message that girls can compete with boys in this male-dominated sport. The Title IX award goes to a recipient for demonstrating odds defying behavior as an advocate for girls’ equal access to facilities, coaching, education, or equipment.

Health Advocacy: Caroline Jacobs, age 15, of Shapleigh, ME is this year’s recipient of the Health Advocacy award. As a 2011 delegate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Children’s Congress, she traveled to Washington, DC to testify at the US Senate Hearing hearing for diabetes research. She has also raised over $12,000 for JDRF in the Walk to Cure Diabetes, with her Golden Sneaker Award-winning team, “Cure for Caroline,” making her an inspirational candidate for the Health Advocacy award. The Health Advocacy award goes to a girl who supported and/or campaigned for wellness policies or programs that promote healthy lifestyles and choices for girls.

Against the Odds: This year’s Against the Odds award goes to Lindsay Ball of Benton, ME. In January 2012, 19 year old Lindsay won the US Visually Impaired Giant Slalom US National Championship at the Waterville Valley Ski Resort in New Hampshire. Recently, Lindsay was invited to join the Developmental Alpine Ski Team for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Lindsay was born with Reninitis Pigmentosa (RP), which is slowly blinding her. The Against the Odds award goes to a girl who refuses to be limited by the label “disabled.” She’s been redefining “able” and making a positive change for girls in Maine along the way.

Community Organizing: This year’s Community Organizing award goes to Rae Jean Robinson of Dexter, ME. Rae Jean, age 18, created the “It Gets Better” group at her high school, as a way to improve school climate on bullying. She is an advocate for gay and lesbian students in her school, and is currently coordinating an assembly in collaboration with Womancare in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. The Community Organizing award goes to a girl uniting her community and bringing together her school, peers, and/or community for grassroots change of the environment/community.

Entrepreneurship: This year’s Entrepreneurship award goes to Josephine Cotton of Bremen, ME. This 13 year old has her own jewelry business, “Shipwrecked,” and donates some of her earnings to her school’s tuition assistance fund. At October’s Common Ground Fair, Josie sold $400 worth of jewelry.  The Entrepreneurship award goes to a girl turning her passion into a paycheck and building up her own business while making a positive impact on the community.

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Stay tuned for interviews with each of the award winners to be posted soon!