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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout works with teens at Ben Taub to earn Gold Award

KLEIN, Texas (Oct. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Jennifer Doan worked to raise awareness of Ben Taub’s children’s wing 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 responsibility and organization,” says Jennifer, a recent graduate of Klein Forest High School. “The project also taught me how to work with different people and how to get through to different people.”

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.

“Teenage pediatric patients tend to receive less attention than infants, so I wanted to help them,” explains Jennifer as to why she chose the project.

With a team of volunteers, Jennifer silk screened over 100 specially designed T-shirts and distributed them to teenage patients in Ben Taub’s children’s wing.

“Jennifer learned to be more independent and the finish what she starts,” says Hieu Doan, Jennifer’s father.

At Klein Forest, Jennifer participated in National Honor Society and orchestra. She is currently attending St. Thomas University studying biology.

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