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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout improves Firethorne field to earn Gold Award

TEXAS CITY (Dec. 15, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Sarah J. made drainage improvements to Firethorne field for the Katy Valkyries’ lacrosse team and visiting teams 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 a huge community project is no picnic; it takes a lot of hard work, time and commitment,” says Sarah, a senior at James E. Taylor. “While it was difficult throughout the project, the benefits were well worth it. The project also taught me that majoring in a field of engineering is the right path for me.”

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 this project because it helped out a place that was close to my heart and helped something I loved to do, and I hope others love to do as well,” explains Sarah. “I wanted to improve the lacrosse community’s facilities in order to draw more people into the world of lacrosse while helping others.”

Sarah designed and installed a French drain to redistribute standing water in Firethorne field to a catch basin. She and a group of volunteers completed installation in one week and landscaping in two weeks.

“Since she completed designing and installing a French drain at the Firethorne lacrosse field, Sarah has become more confident in her desire to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering,” says Liz Jones, Sarah’s mother. “She loved being able to combine her interests in Girl Scouts, lacrosse and engineering.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Sarah participates in the SPURS program. At James E. Taylor, she is active in lacrosse, soccer, engineering club and National Honor Society. Following graduation, she hopes to attend University of Texas in Austin or Texas Tech to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.

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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