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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout hosts prom for senior citizens to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (March 8, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Veronica M. planned, organized and hosted a fashion show and prom for senior citizens at a local nursing home 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 much planning and organizational skills it takes to carry out a big event,” says Veronica, a senior at Lamar High School. “I learned how to plan an event responsibly and how to react when last minute details came up.”

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 wanted my project to be something that would directly affect people in my community,” explains Veronica. “I also wanted it to be social and having a dance seemed like the best way to give cheer to the senior citizens in the nursing home.”

For the fashion show, Veronica enlisted high school volunteers to model their old prom and homecoming dresses and installed a red carpet and chairs for about 30 attendees. For the prom, she hired a DJ and photographer, made corsages for the ladies and installed a backdrop for the prom pictures for about 40 seniors. She also gave away prizes and crowned the prom king and queen. The entire event took three months to plan and each event took place on separate days spaced two weeks apart.

“A valuable lesson she learned was that no matter how well you planned and organized any activity, the possibility exists that something can go wrong,” says Diana Maes, Veronica’s mother. “Some of her models canceled only hours before the event. Instead of getting upset or frustrated, she calmly developed a new plan and had a successful fashion show.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts since she was a Daisy, Veronica has also earned her Bronze and Silver Award. At Lamar High School, Veronica is involved in the swim team and water polo and has received merit awards for history. Following graduation, she plans to study chemical engineering in college.

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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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