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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout directs a children’s play to earn Gold Award

MONTGOMERY, Texas (Dec. 15, 2010) – Girl Scout Elizabeth (Lizzie) W. created a children’s play for two elementary schools 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 with a lot of hard work I can do anything,” says Lizzie, a 2010 graduate of Stratford High School. “Directing and putting together an entire play with a group of 25 actors was very challenging. After seeing the looks on those kids’ faces, all of my hard work was completely worth it. This project also reaffirmed my belief that I want to continue doing theatre for the rest of my life, because I love sharing it with others.”

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 introduce theatre—which I love—to a group of underprivileged kids so they can see it as a positive experience either as an audience member or hopefully one day as a participant,” explains Lizzie. “Maybe by seeing our play, they will one day want to participate in theatre at school or in their community.”

Lizzie selected the play, costumes and cast from students at Stratford High School, organized rehearsals and contacted the elementary schools. The one-hour play was performed twice at two elementary schools with about 150 students in the audience.

“I knew Lizzie had lots of leadership skills, but this requires more perseverance than anything she’s taken on before,” said Lizzie’s mother, Judy Wild. “I’m really proud of her.”

As an active member of a Girl Scout troop, Lizzie traveled to Europe in 2006 and attends many camping trips. At Stratford High School, Lizzie participated in theatre all four years, was a member of Thespians, was nominated twice for the Tommy tune awards, and won the 2010 best actress award, 2009 best supporting actress award and a Texas Thespian Scholarship. She is currently attending Otterbein University as a musical theatre major, which she had to audition for to be admitted.

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 www.gssjc.org.

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