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Pasadena Girl Scout refurbishes gardens at local church to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON (February 2012) - Girl Scout Katelyn V. refurbished three gardens at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church 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 many skills that will help me succeed in life such as leadership, organization and how to collaborate with a group of people," said Katelyn, a senior this fall at Deer Park High School. "I also learned all about landscaping."

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've gone to St. Hyacinth Catholic Church my entire life and wanted to give back to my parish for all it's done for me," said Katelyn.

For her project, Katelyn led a team of volunteers in pulling out all the dead plants in each garden, weeding the flower beds and adding mulch. Work was completed over a five month period.

"Katelyn was very excited about tackling her project and worked very hard to make it happen," said Marissa V., Katelyn's mother." She sharpened her leadership skills by organizing three groups of volunteers to work on three different gardens. Katelyn planned for what needed to be done and communicated well with her teams. I've noticed she seemed to handle her school projects with more ease."

Katelyn has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Deer Park High School she is a member of symphonic band and National Honor Society. Outside of school she is a member of the Bay Area Youth Symphony. Following graduation Katelyn hopes to attend Stephen F. Austin State University to study music.

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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