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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout holds PSAT prep classes to earn Gold Award

BELLAIRE (March 8, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Molly M. held free PSAT prep classes for sophomores at Empowerment South Early College High School in Houston 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 a leader always has to be flexible with lesson plans and able to adapt to changes,” says Molly, a senior at Saint John’s School. “For example, my lessons weren’t always long enough and a fist fight broke out during one class.”

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 tutor outside of school, and I hoped to use my experience with this activity to create some positive change for other students” explains Molly. “I also knew it would be great hands on practice in the career field I hope to enter, secondary education.”

Molly held two-and-a-half-hour classes every Saturday for five weeks to teach math, critical reading and writing test taking strategies. Her goal was to give every student regardless of background an experience similar to taking classes usually reserved for the wealthy such as Test Masters or Ivy Insiders. She also collected enough used PSAT prep books for every student who attended her class and two copies for the library to make the project more sustainable.

“Molly learned that people from all walks of life value and seek out education,” says Mary Martin, Molly’s mother. “She admired that the other kids come every Saturday without fail and that her fellow volunteers also attended.”

At Saint John’s School, Molly is involved in choir and Peerleading, a mentorship program for underclassman. She has won the Academic Excellence in Honors Award and various class awards. Following graduation, she plans to major in English to pursue a career as a high school English teacher.

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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