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Beaumont Girl Scout beautifies local high school to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Beaumont, TX – Girl Scout Amy H. designed and built an outdoor sitting space at Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School 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 that I really can accomplish a project of this magnitude," said Amy, a graduate of Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School. "Being organized enough to pull something like this project off took a lot of effort. I also learned that I have some really great people for family and friends who support me."

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 it was a project I actually wanted to do," said Amy. "It was my idea. I thought Kelly students would benefit from having a peaceful place to sit."

For her project, Amy led a team of volunteers in constructing a wooden bench swing and a decorative 12-foot concrete circle. She divided the circle into eight segments, each with a Beatitude inscribed on it, and created a cross mosaic in the center. After completing the circle and bench, Amy re-sodded the area around the circle to help beautify and refresh the space.

"Amy learned to organize herself and be confident while talking to adults," said Janet H., Amy’s mother. "She has also learned that she can accomplish whatever she wants to accomplish, and that she can rise above obstacles in her path. Amy is more mature in handling situations."

As a member of Girl Scouts, Amy served as a program aide for twilight camps. At Monsignor Kelly Catholic High School, she was a captain of the swim team and a member of National Honor Society. She is currently attending the University of Texas at Austin studying mechanical engineering.

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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit


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