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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout travels to Mexico, teaches recycling to earn Gold Award

SUGAR LAND, Texas (June 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Alyssa S. taught children in Mexico about taking care of their environment 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 a lot about different cultures,” says Alyssa, a senior at Stephen F. Austin High School. “I also learned a lot about the environment in my research phase.”

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 enjoy working with children and because I saw a project opportunity arise through my church,” explains Alyssa.

Alyssa led a group of volunteers in teaching children about recycling, throwing away trash and planting plants. Her mission was the show the children how to preserve the world for their children. The project took place over four days, lasting about three hours per day. Around 40 children attended each day’s workshop.

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Alyssa has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Stephen F. Austin High School, she is a member of band, Mu Alpha Theta and National Honor Society. Following graduation in 2011, she hopes to attend the University of Texas to study computer science.

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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