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Missouri City Girl Scout addresses childhood obesity to earn Gold Award

 

HOUSTON (January 2012) - Girl Scout Audra C. created accident kits for teen drivers 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 how to handle myself after a car accident, what procedures to follow and that many teenagers and parents don't know what to do or ask after an accident," said Audra, a senior at George Ranch 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 of my older brother Greyson," said Audra. "He was in a car accident on the way to school, and although he had my mom's help, I realized that many teenagers don't know what to do after a car accident."

For her project, Audra led a team of volunteers in creating packets with post-accident information such as questions to ask, information to get from the other driver and more. Audra also created a video with three teen accident victims sharing what they learned from their experience.  

"Audra worked so hard on her project, and I am so proud that she followed through on her goal of completing the project," said Alice C., Audra's mother. "She learned to stay organized and keep good notes."

Audra has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At George Ranch High School she is a member of ASL Club, Asian Club, Cultures in Action Club, National Honor Society, NHS Marketing Committee and varsity choir.

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 www.gssjc.org.


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