Stacey Gross Selected as Girl Scouts Arts Honoree

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 11:31am

Centennial High School teacher Stacey Gross has been selected as one of the 2016 Girl Scouts of Central Illinois (GSCI) Women of Distinction. Ms. Gross has been selected as the honoree in the Creative Arts and Entertainment category. Five women who have made standout contributions to the community in the areas of arts, business, education, public service, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), and lifetime volunteerism will be recognized at an annual celebration on April 21 at CityView Banquet and Meeting Center in Champaign.

“The Women of Distinction practice what we at Girl Scouts of Central Illinois teach,” GSCI CEO Pam Kovacevich said. “They are leaders in their fields, and they work to share their knowledge and talents to help their communities. They are role models and mentors to young women around Champaign County, and we are proud to recognize their accomplishments and contributions within the pillars of our programs.”

Creative Arts and Entertainment: Stacey Gross, Champaign

Stacey Gross is a National Board Certified Teacher at Centennial High School, where she teaches photography, graphic design, cinema studies, AP Studio Art, and dual credit classes. She also serves as the Fine Arts Department Content Area Chair and the K-12 Visual Arts Coordinator for Champaign Unit School District 4. Now in her 22nd year at Centennial, Gross prides herself on creating a robust art program that fosters a broad appreciation of art and strong technical skill, while stimulating critical and creative thinking. In 2015 she was named the Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association. A Quincy, Ill. native, Gross earned a MA (‘01) and BFA (‘94) in Art Education, with a studio concentration in photography, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a practicing artist who works primarily with camera-less darkroom photographic processes to create abstract imagery. She is an avid traveler, with a passion for Japanese art and culture.

About Girl Scouts

Founded in 1912, Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls with 2.7 million girl and adult members worldwide. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Central Illinois serves over 18,000 girls and 5,000 adult members in 38 counties throughout central Illinois. For more information, visit or call your local Girl Scout Service Center at 877-231-1446.