Sugar Land Girl Scout holds science workshop to earn Gold Award

Sugar Land, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Neerja A. hosted a science workshop for local elementary school students 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 when dealing with people and planning an event, you run into late responses and obstacles," said Neerja, a senior at Hightower 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 chose this project because I went to science camp myself in first grade where I learned about dinosaurs and volcanoes," said Neerja. "It stimulated my interest in science, and I remembered it to this day. I wanted to make the same impact on someone else."

For her project, Neerja led a team of volunteers in planning and carrying out a science workshop for students in third, fourth and fifth grade. Students participated in hands-on activities such as making silly putty and extracting DNA from strawberries. More than 60 students attended the workshop.

As a member of Girl Scouts, Neerja has also earned her Gold Award. At Hightower High School she is a member of theater and vice president of HOSA for the state of Texas. She also tutors students and is a research student at Rice University. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study chemical 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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