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Amber Childres

Girl Scout knits her way to Gold Award

KATY, Texas (Nov. 13, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Amanda S. held a knit and crochet-a-thon benefitting Memorial Hermann Hospital in Katy 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 how to plan and host an event and how to work and communicate with adults,” says Amanda, a senior 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.

Amanda held two events where participants learned to knit or crochet baby hats.

“I want to be a neonatal nurse when I grow up, and I heard the hospital had a need for hats,” she explains as to why she chose the project.

Her events were held a Yarntopia, a yarn store in Katy. Forty-five people attended the classes and over 250 baby hats were made and donated to Memorial Hermann.

“I think Amanda learned how to overcome obstacles to succeed at her goal,” says Anne S., Amanda’s mother. “I think she was surprised at the number of people that were encouraged by her determination and enthusiasm.”

At William B. Travis High School, Amanda is a member of band and currently serves as head drum major. She has also received several academic awards. Following graduation, Amanda plans to attend college to study nursing.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and 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 more than 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit