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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout holds car maintenance workshop to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Sept. 30, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Theresa B. taught the basics of car maintenance to local drivers 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 I don’t know everything about my car like I thought,” says Theresa, a 2010 graduate of Westside High School. “Also, if I persevere I can do something big.”

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.

“This project was personal because I have a friend who was injured because of car troubles,” explains Theresa as to why she chose the project. “I believe every new driver should know their car. It is a three-ton piece of metal that can throw you around if not taken care of.”

During her eight-hour workshop, Theresa taught drivers how to do common repairs with the help of Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land technicians. The technicians were able to give the participants one-on-one attention, answer questions and more.

“We are very proud of Theresa and what she has achieved,” says Joanne B., Theresa’s mother. “By obtaining this award, she has excelled her future.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Theresa was a canoe aid and was a member of several girl planning boards. At Westside High school, she was a member of the culinary program and a sports manager. She is currently attending Johnson and Wales University in Denver studying baking and pastry arts.

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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