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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout writes play on bullies to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Sept. 30, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Megan M. wrote a play on bullies and performed it for fifth grade students 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 how to manage a group and become a leader,” says Megan, a senior at Stratford High School.

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 thought that fifth-graders going into middle school needed to know how to handle bullying,” explains Megan as to why she chose the project.

Megan wrote the play and then led volunteers in performances at two elementary schools. She wrote the play in a way that clearly demonstrated right and wrong to the students. It also taught the students how to handle themselves in certain situations.

“This was a very challenging project and Megan learned skills around project management, marketing and delegation,” says Holly M., Megan’s mother. “She has a greater sense of confidence as a result.”

At Stratford High School, Megan is a member of theater, student council and National Honor Society. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study musical theater.

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 www.gssjc.org.

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