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Fresno Girl Scout holds anti-bullying walkathon to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (February 2012) - Girl Scout Chelsea J. hosted the Stand Tall Walkathon in her community to raise awareness on bullying 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 that people of different ages, size and color can be affected by bullying and that I was not alone," said Chelsea, a 2011 graduate of Hightower High School. "I also learned that there are some helpful resources, counselors, teachers and even parents that can help students deal with this problem."

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 have experienced bullying as a teen, and it was very difficult to deal with," said Chelsea. "I was tired of the way teens treated me, so I decided it was time for teenagers like me to take a stand and step out to let others know that it is okay to be unique."

For her project, Chelsea led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting her walkathon. Her goal was to bring together students, parents and educators to discuss helpful strategies in dealing with bullies. More than 30 people attended her walkathon, held at Oyster Creek Park.

"We are so proud of our daughter and her accomplishments," said Raymond J., Chelsea's dad. "Her walkathon helped students talk about the issues that they have faced with their peers. Bullying is something that can have a negative impact on your loved ones, but our daughter found a way to overcome it in a positive way."

Chelsea was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. She is currently attending Houston Community College and plans to complete her degree at the University of Houston with hopes of becoming a school counselor.

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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