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Girl Scout promotes healthy living to youth to earn Gold Award

MISSOURI CITY (Dec. 21, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Taylor T. repaired and remodeled a church 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.

“This project taught me patience and self discipline,” says Taylor, a senior at Hightower High School. “The elderly congregation offered many suggestions. However, I learned to speak gently and respectfully to change the direction of meetings and tasks that I wanted to accomplish.”

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 I saw a need in an elderly church congregation to extend the benefits of repairs and remodeling and landscaping without incurring financial cost to the church,” explains Taylor. “The majority of the congregation lives on a fixed income.”

For her project, Taylor and 37 volunteers repaired and remodeled the church, painted the worship center, cafeteria and the exterior and landscaped the church campus. The project was a one-day event, lasting more than 12 hours.

“Taylor is a very determined young lady,” says Gerald and Adrinne Turner, Taylor’s parents. “She utilized her leadership skills and communication skills very effectively. She is self confident and believes that her organization skills were key to this successful project.”

As a 10-year member of Girl Scouts, Taylor has also earned her Silver Award and participates in many troop activities including preparing care packages for soldiers in Iraq. At Hightower High School, she is a member of National Honor Society, the Electronic Media Academy, and several other organizations. She also has more than 150 hours of volunteer service. Following graduation, she hopes to attend University of Texas in Austin to study broadcast journalism with an emphasis on public policy.

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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