Sugar Land Girl Scout hosts event for seniors at Houston Arboretum to earn Gold Award

Sugar Land, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Nishika K. hosted an event at the Houston Arboretum for seniors to increase awareness of natural surroundings and to promote green practices 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 what it takes to protect nature and gained the ability to cooperate with a wide variety of people in order to effectively lead a successful event," said Nishika, a senior at Clements 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 wanted to find a way to help senior citizens experience the beauty of nature through direct interaction," said Nishika. "It was a very fulfilling experience for me to see how much the seniors appreciated my efforts, as well as nature as a whole."

For her project, Nishika led her participants down the Arboretum's Palmetto Multi-Sensory trail, educating them about aspects of nature as they walked. She also tied in how to conserve and preserve nature into the walk. Finally, Nishika created a brochure for the Arboretum to further her message of environmental awareness and gave a presentation on the importance of conservation.

"I think that Nishika has developed an immense love for nature and community service and a deep respect for senior citizens," said Pradipa K., Nishika's mother. "She has also developed excellent leadership skills to lead a team and complete a successful project in a given timeline. I have seen her grow, mature and become a very thoughtful person through Girl Scouting."

Nishika has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Clements High School she is founder and president of Amnesty International, vice president of Science National Honor Society, secretary of Model UN and a member of Global Studies Academy, National Honor Society and orchestra. She is also a National Merit Semi-Finalist, a recipient of the National AP Scholar Award and a semi-finalist in the 2010 USA Biology Olympiad. Following graduation, Nishika plans to attend college to study medicine and international relations. 

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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