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Local Girl Scouts make improvements at Special Cheers to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Houston, TX - Girl Scouts and twin sisters Alexandria and Ashley D. constructed new elements and threw a volunteer appreciation party at Special Cheers, a gymnastics facility for children with special needs, to earn Girl Scouts of the USA's Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

"I learned the importance of being involved in the community," said Alexandria, a junior at Jersey Village High School. "Being surrounded by so many amazing people truly inspired me."

"I learned about leadership and how to function as an effective group leader," said Ashley, also a junior at Jersey Village 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 it involved a subject that is close to my heart, and I knew I could make a difference," said Alexandria.

"I wanted to do something that involved children," said Ashley. "Special Cheers seemed like a great organization that I wanted to work with."

For their project, Alexandria and Ashley led a team of volunteers in constructing a red, white and blue outdoor hopscotch area where Special Cheers students could work on their motor skills while interacting with each other. The Dietz sisters and their volunteers also planned and hosted an appreciation party for Special Cheers volunteers for all their hard work, dedication and impact on the community.

"Alexandria and Ashley demonstrated hard work and commitment during their Gold Award project by pulling off two large projects," said Susan D., the sisters’ mother.

Alexandria and Ashley have been members of Girl Scouts for 12 years, and both girls have also earned their Bronze and Silver Awards. At Jersey Village High School both girls are members of the drill team, have earned the team's Golden Merit Award and have been named to the All-District Dance Team. Following graduation, both girls hope to attend the University of Texas at Austin. Alexandria is interested in studying journalism or international business, and Ashley is interested in studying business.

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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