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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout renovates church to earn Gold Award

FRIENDSWOOD (Jan. 28, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Melinda Z. led the Friendswood United Methodist Church in repairing the fourth and fifth grade wing 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 be a better leader and how to set a goal and achieve it,” says Melinda, a senior at Friendswood 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 have been a part of the church for 13 years, and I care deeply for it,” explains Melinda. “I personally attended Sunday school in the area that required work. By doing this project, I hoped to create a place for other kids to come and learn about God in a fun environment.”

For her project, Melinda and about 25 volunteers spent 15 days painting two bathrooms, two classrooms, a major hallway and several doors.

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Melinda participated in camp and annual cookie sales and was a 2010 Girl Scout delegate. At Friendswood High School, she was involved in National Honor Society, Photography Club, the school newspaper, cheerleading and much more. Following graduation, she plans to attend Baylor University to major in international studies.

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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