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Girl Scout Takes Pride in Her School and Earns the Gold Award

Girl Scout Shannon M. thought that her fellow Cypress Creek High School students could show a little more school spirit. For her Gold Award project, Shannon planned a two-step approach to encourage others to share her pride. First, she held an after-school meeting to talk about ways everybody could help with school maintenance. Also, Shannon revitalized a mural of the school mascot, the Mighty Cougar, with the help of local art students.

"I wanted to make a lasting contribution to Cypress Creek Senior High," says Shannon. "In beautifying the campus I hope to heighten morale, school spirit, and academic enthusiasm."

It is a significant honor to earn the Gold Award. Girl Scouts who earn this award have demonstrated leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete all the requirements for the award. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition. A major component of earning the Gold Award is planning and completing a Gold Award Project that is a service to Girl Scouts and/or the community.

Shannon's mother is impressed with her daughter's resolve to complete her Gold Award project. "Shannon continued to work on her project, even after she had started college. She drove the 250 miles home on weekends to finish what she started," says Theresa Knapp M. "She never talked about quitting."

Shannon is currently in the art program at the University of North Texas and will major in either Studio Art or Graphic Design.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Today, as when founded in 1912, GSUSA helps cultivate values, social conscience, and self-esteem in young girls, while also teaching them critical life skills that will enable them to succeed as adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving over 63,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 25 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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