Needville Girl Scout shares Swedish culture with community to earn Gold Award

Needville, TX (November, 2011) - Girl Scouts, San Jacinto Council, LogoGirl Scout Sarah J. shared Swedish culture with elementary students in Needville 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 everyone's heritage needs to be preserved," said Sarah. "As cultures mix in today's society, many traditions and customs are lost. I also learned that today's technology can help preserve our culture for future people to learn."

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 am Swedish," said Sarah. "I participate in some cultural activities but not even my parents or grandparents remembered all that they had once known."

For her project, Sarah led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting a Swedish cultural day for elementary school students at a local library. To build content for her presentation, Sarah interviewed area residents of Swedish descent about the changes they have experienced in their culture over their lifetime. She recorded the interviews and made DVDs, which were donated to the Fort Bend Library's genealogy department. 

"My daughter learned time management," said Veta J., Sarah's mother. "Even with constant setbacks, she finished."

Sarah was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. She graduated one year early from Needville High School in 2010 and is currently attending Midwestern State University 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 www.gssjc.org.

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