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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout benefits Star of Hope Mission, earns Gold Award

TOMBALL, Texas (June 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Quynh P. made fleece blankets and held a holiday party for the children at the Star of Hope’s women and family emergency center 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 variety of skills from this project, including organization, preparation and not to procrastinate,” says Quynh, a senior at Klein Oak High School. “I also gained knowledge about the Star of Hope and how much people depend on their program.”

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 wanted to bring holiday spirit to the lives of children whose families were struggling during the holiday season,” explains Quynh.

To earn the Gold Award, Quynh led volunteers in sewing fleece blankets and planning a holiday party. The party included crafts and activities. Following the project, Quynh also educated people in her community about homelessness in Houston and organizations they can volunteer with to help.

At Klein Oak, Quynh is a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish National Honor Society, HOSA and track and field. Following graduation in 2011, she plans to attend the University of Texas to study nursing or pre-med.

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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