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Katy Girl Scout creates outdoor prayer space to earn Gold Award

December 2011

Houston, TX - Girl Scout Jalyn G. created an outdoor prayer area at St. Edith Stein Catholic Church in Katy 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 how to be a leader, and I know with hard work any goal can be met," said Jalyn, a senior at Morton Ranch 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 do a project I would be passionate about," said Jalyn. "The project had to impact the lives of others. I picked the grotto because I love Mary, and I hope that people will discover to power in prayer and have somewhere to go if the church is closed."

For her project, Jalyn led a team of volunteers in building a grotto for the parishioners of St. Edith Stein Catholic Church. They installed benches and a statue of Mary, and the space was named 'Mary's Garden of Grace.' The project took just over one month to complete.

"Jalyn learned that planning has to be done as early as possible and thoroughly," said Janie C., Jalyn's mother.

Jalyn has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Morton Ranch High School, she is founder and leader of a Christian club and she has received the following awards: Distinguished Achievement Award, Spirit Alive Award and the Marian Award. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study education.

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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