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Clear Lake Girl Scout honors veterans in American Legion Post 490 to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (January 2012) - Girl Scout Reagan S. interviewed veterans and compiled their stories in a book donated to local schools, libraries and American Legion Post 490 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 about the amazing accomplishments of veterans in my community and the importance of honoring and learning from them," said Reagan, a senior this fall at Clear Brook 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 think today's youth should take advantage of the wealth of information that can be learned from our elders," said Reagan. "I wanted to give people a greater appreciation for those who have served and are serving in the military. I also enjoy reading, so this was an interesting way to combine my interests with a way to honor the deserving veterans of American Legion Post 490."

For her project, Reagan led a team of volunteers in creating questionnaires to be filled out as each veteran was interviewed. After each interview, the veteran was photographed. Reagan then took the information and compiled it into a book. Finally, she delivered five copies of the book to area schools, libraries and the American Legion Post 490. Nearly 30 veterans participated in the project.

"Reagan has learned how to communicate more effectively with others and, more importantly, she has a much deeper appreciation for our veterans and the sacrifices they made," said Kelly S., Reagan's mother. "After hearing their stories, she has a renewed respect for the price of freedom."

Reagan has been a member of Girl Scouts for nine years. At Clear Brook High School she is a member of student council, National Honor Society and several sports teams. She is also a two-year Superintendent Scholar Award recipient.

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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