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Spring Girl Scout teaches fourth graders band, choir and orchestra basics to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (January 2012) - Girl Scout Megan T. taught fourth grade students the basics of band, choir and orchestra during a two-day clinic 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 skills in leadership and discipline," said Megan, a 2012 graduate of College Park High School. "I also learned that there is more to life than moving on to the next thing. Don't just zoom through life. Take time to dwell on it. It could become your favorite memory."

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 love for music and wanting to share it with kids who want to pursue it as a career," said Megan. "I wanted to show kids that you don't have to be a doctor or a lawyer. You could be a performer."

For her project, Megan led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting her clinic. They taught students instruments such as flute, trombone, viola and double bass and also made tambourines and maracas for the students to take home. Sixteen students attended the clinic.

"Megan learned about time management, patience and team leadership," said Karen T., Megan’s mother. "She pays attention to the details, making sure everything is taken care of. She also learned to communicate better and more clearly."

Megan was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At College Park High School she was a member of choir and orchestra and received a number of awards including superior and excellent ratings for solo and ensemble, was a member of region choir and president of orchestra. This fall she is attending Sam Houston State University to study vocal music education.

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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