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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout makes video on women’s safety to earn Gold Award

BELLAIRE (Jan. 26, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Andrea O. created a locally-aired video on women’s safety 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.

“Aside from learning numerous safety tips, I found that there is great satisfaction in working through a meaningful project and watching it go to completion,” says Andrea, a junior at Bellaire 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 hoped to empower others with information presented in a fun, interesting way that would let them feel safe on a daily basis,” explains Andrea.

For her project, Andrea led more than 20 volunteers, actors and editors in creating a 40-minute video about women’s safety with dramatization, graphics and interviews from the Bellaire Police Station, the Houston Area Women’s Center, and assault and harassment victims. The video had several prime time showings on Houston Media Source and an hour showing at the Bellaire Library with about 30 attendees.

“I can see that this was an incredibly challenging yet rewarding experience,” says Lori Owen, Andrea’s mother. “I was pleased to see how Andrea worked wither mentors and volunteers to produce a quality project that can impact the community in a positive way.”

At Bellaire High School, Andrea is involved in National Honor Society, the swim team and the Quidditch Club.

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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