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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout builds garden to earn Gold Award

SANTA FE, Texas (Jan. 26, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Rebecca G. made a prayer garden in her church’s courtyard 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 from this project that when you have a goal and need to get something done, ask for help,” says Rebecca, a 2010 graduate of Santa Fe High School. “You never know who wants to lend a hand to you. I also learned that with a project with this many components, you must be very organized.”

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 this part of my church was being forgotten,” explains Rebecca. “The church was evolving and this area needed to be rejuvenated and love brought back to it.”

For her project, Rebecca organized a year-long effort to build a garden in a forgotten area of her church. She and her volunteers installed a gravel walkway spanning the entire garden, benches, arbors, foliage and a small waterfall. The area is now used daily by her congregation.

“With her busy schedule, she had to really plan and take time to organize work days, envision and be flexible when issues arose with her plans that required her to take a new direction,” says Bortina Gonzales, Rebecca’s mother. “Planning and patience are required virtues that she mastered beautifully.

At Santa Fe High School, she participated in National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, track and student council. She plans to enroll in the Cardiovascular Sonography Program at Alvin Community College to become an echocardiograph technician.

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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