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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout renovates youth room to earn Gold Award

TEXAS CITY (Nov. 23, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Emma H. renovated the youth room at Hosanna Lutheran Church and donated toiletries to Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) 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 patience is important when completing such a long project,” says Emma, a senior at Nimitz High School. “It is important to have a few very good volunteers than many, because it can get unorganized.”

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 chose my project because I wanted to provide an inspiring room for fellowship and bible study for the youth of Hosanna,” explains Emma.

Emma managed a team of 10 volunteers who helped paint the youth room and add new flooring. She completed her project in eight months for a total of 67 hours. She also donated 177 toiletries to IHN.

“After completing her Gold Award, I feel Emma appreciates the hard work and volunteer hours of others so much more,” says Ann Hartmann, Emma’s mother. “She knows the hard work and satisfaction of volunteering for a worthy cause.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Emma enjoys helping others and has volunteered to help another Girl Scout with her project. At Nimitz High School, she is involved in band, student council and HOSA. She went to nationals in History Fair and state in Solo and Ensemble. Following graduation, she hopes to attend Capital University in Columbus, Ohio to study psychology.

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

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