Connie Chavez Villarreal
Girl Scout Organizes Golf Clinic for Children in Shelter to Earn Gold Award
Girl Scout Senior Kristina Musachia organized a golf clinic at Hermann Park for a group of children staying at the Star of Hope shelter to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than 5 percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.
“I learned a lot about the attention span of 12 year olds!” says Musachia, a student at St. Agnes Academy. “I also a lot about what it means to be in charge of something and how to be an effective leader.”
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 more than 100 service hours and 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 chose this project because I wanted to share one of my favorite hobbies with kids who otherwise would not get the chance to experience it,” explains Musachia as to why she chose to hold the clinic. As part of her project, Helton recruited more than a dozen volunteers to teach the children, ages nine to 12, how to hit, chip and putt golf balls. Each child received their own golf club, hat, shirt and instructional booklet. Musachia also presented the young golfers with a certificate of achievement.
“Kristina learned how to train and lead people to work in the clinic,” says Rosanne Musachia, Kristina’s mother. “She also learned organizational skills and time management. She did a great job developing the handbook and running the clinic smoothly and efficiently.”
As a Girl Scout, Kristina has been involved in the mariners program, which teaches girls about sailing; an accomplished mariner, she has achieved high mariner rankings in the program. After high school, Kristina plans on studying international business and communications at the Texas A&M University.
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