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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout teaches dance to seniors to earn Gold Award

SUGAR LAND (Jan. 27, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Nicole B. taught ballroom dancing at The Terrace retirement facility and organized “Another Chance to Dance” 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 did learn that I am an organized person,” says Nicole, a senior at Stephen F. Austin High School. “It would have been so easy to lose a paper and have the whole event go up in flames, but I easily kept everything together. Lastly, I learned that it’s OK to ask for help”

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 really enjoy spending time with the elderly, so I thought it would be wonderful to be able to provide an activity for them to do, something to brighten their day,” explains Nicole. “With my passion for dance, it was only natural for me to do a project revolving around dance.”

Nicole’s project involved three one-hour dance lessons and a three-hour evening dance. For the dance, she decorated the ballroom, provided arrangements for each table and set up a buffet. The event was complete with a DJ, dance performers, games, door prizes and 53 guests. After the event, the retirement community decided to continue the dances in the future.

“I was amazed at how organized and focused my daughter was,” says Betty Battaglini, Nicole’s mother. “Also, she really developed an art of persuasion in soliciting all her teenage volunteers to help her.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Nicole participates in cookie sales and many troop activities. At Stephen F. Austin High School, she is involved in dance, National Honor Society and student council and has won many awards such as the Academic Excellence Award and the AP Scholar with Honors Award. Following graduation, she hopes to attend college as a pre-medical student with a minor in Spanish.

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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