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Local Girl Scout Honors Unknown Soldiers, Receives Girl Scouts Gold Award
ANGLETON, Tx (May 19, 2008) – Angleton resident Kimberly B. discovered a large number of unknown veteran graves at the Angleton Cemetery last Memorial Day and decided to learn more about her hometown heroes - a project that allowed her to earn the Girl Scout of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.
Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.
“I felt it was a shame that all this historically important information had been lost,” said Kimberly.
Kimberly created her project, “Lost and Found - A Military Gravesite Identification Exhibition” to identify as many unknown graves as possible. She began by recognizing the known graves through current records. Then, she sent 17 volunteers out to canvas the unknown sites and collect as much information as possible Kimberly transferred the data to a spreadsheet.
Kimberly looks forward to distributing the information to local government agencies, libraries and the Angleton Veterans of Foreign Wars. This effort will help those researching their genealogy and will allow her community to honor the unknown soldiers.
“I have great respect and admiration for those military heroes who gave their all in service to our country,” said Kimberly. “I will never take my American rights for granted.”
Kimberly is a student at Texas A&M University in College Station. She is majoring in biomedical science, with a minor in psychology. She plans on continuing her education at medical school and becoming a pediatrician.
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