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Gold Award Recipients recognized at Winter Gold Ceremony

Girl Scouts honored for earning Gold AwardHOUSTON (January 2010) – Seven Girl Scout Gold Award recipients were honored Sunday, Jan. 10 in the annual Winter Gold Award Ceremony. Girls recognized at the ceremony completed their Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve, during the summer following their high school graduation. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

Those honored included: Kayla A., Breanne K., Barbara N., Amanda N., Sterling P., Alessandra R. and Georgia W.

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.

Kayla A. donated supplies to two local animal shelters and taught younger Girl Scout troops the importance of volunteering.

Breanne K. held a weekly summer program for children at Mission of Yahweh, a shelter for battered and homeless women. She led the children in art, music and game activities. At the end of the summer, the children starred in a play Breanne directed.

Barbara N. taught knitting and donated hats and scarves to Foot Washing Ministry. Over 30 people attended Barbara’s knitting sessions. During a three-month period, she held sessions after school and was able to donate over 60 hand-made items.

Amanda N. refurbished Cypress Wood’s running trail, which included filling a four-foot deep sink hole, placing reflectors around other dangerous terrain, posting reflective tape on bridge guard railings, clearing limbs and brush, and collecting over 420 gallons of trash.

Sterling P. tagged brush for the city to clear, made Lady Bird Johnson’s wildflower seed balls and distributed them in TC Jester Park.

Alessandra R. held 15 sewing workshops where participants made 30 blankets for Pregnancy Assistance Center North. During the workshops, Alessandra educated participants about the struggles women face who turn to Pregnancy Assistance Center North.

Georgia W. made quilts for families staying at Ronald McDonald houses in Houston. Following Hurricane Ike, her donations were specifically directed to the Ronald McDonald house in Galveston.

This year’s Winter Gold Award ceremony was underwritten by the Bellaire Optimist Club. Additionally, the club contributed to the Gold Award scholarship fund. At the close of the ceremony John Augsburger, a representative of the Bellaire Optimist Club, accepted the GSSJC Community Award for the club’s annual sponsorship of the Winter Gold Award ceremony.

Girl Scouts is the premier leadership organization for girls. 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 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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