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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout travels to India to earn Gold Award

SUGAR LAND, Texas (Oct. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Anusha Jagadish traveled to Kudur, India and taught computer classes to earn the Girl Scouts 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.

“I learned that I love working with children and seeing the light on their faces when they understand a concept,” says Anusha, a student at William B. Travis High School.

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 wanted to lend a hand to a slowly developing community and help the growing generation in the most direct way possible,” explains Anusha as to why she chose the project.

In Kudur, Anusha taught a group of 25 tenth-grade students a variety of Microsoft applications. She taught classes daily for a month. Each session lasted three hours.

“Anusha has become more responsible and mature,” says Kalpana Jagadish, Anusha’s mother. “She does not take things for granted as much as she used to. She understands that we have to be happy with what we have and that what we have is enough.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Anusha has also earned the Silver Award and regularly participates in community service projects. At William B. Travis, she participates in PALS, National Honor Society and Business Professionals of America. She also plays piano. Following graduation, Anusha plans to attend the University of Texas to study biochemistry.

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