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Local Girl Scout creates solar system for Lowery Elementary to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX - Girl Scout Courtney P. created a scaled representation of the solar system for Lowery Elementary 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 communication truly is the key," said Courtney, a senior at Langham Creek High School this fall.
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 after attending Lowery Elementary for six years, I wanted to give something back to the school that gave so much to me," said Courtney. "I also wanted students at the school to feel the same interest towards the solar system that I do."
For her project, Courtney led a team of volunteers in creating concrete planets scaled to size for students at Lowery Elementary School. Each planet took Courtney and her volunteers approximately three weeks to build and another two to paint.
"I saw Courtney grow and mature through the process of earning her Gold Award," said Kathy P., Courtney's mother. "In the beginning it seemed like an overwhelming task, and she learned that by chipping away at it, great things are possible."
Courtney has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Langham Creek High School she is a member of theater and has served as stage manager and technical director is several productions. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study natural science.
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