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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout organizes center’s grand opening to earn Gold Award

SPRING, Texas (Jan. 26, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Brandy M. planned and organized the grand opening of The Water Works Education Center for the City of Houston 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.

“When you work with government funding, you have to learn to go with the flow,” says Brandy, a senior at Spring 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 plan on a career in environmental science and thought this project would give me a view at my potential future,” explains Brandy.

Brandy built exhibits and led tours at the center to educate the public about Houston’s water works department. She also collected craft supplies for the Water Works Education Center. Preparation for the grand opening took three months, and 100 to 120 people attended the event.

“Brandy managed to see a large project through to the end and meet Houston Mayor Parker,” says Michael and Laurie Moorhead, Brandy’s parents.

As a member of Girl Scouts, Brandy has earned her Silver and Bronze Awards and was a program aide for six years at Camp Silver Springs. At Spring High School, she is on the swim team and a member of National Honor Society. Following graduation, she hopes to attend Stephen F. Austin University to study environmental science.

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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