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Sugar Land Girl Scout hosts tree planting event to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Nina L. hosted a tree planting event at her high school 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 chose this project because the environment has always been very important to me, so I decided to focus on an aspect very relevant to Sugar Land – trees,” said Nina, a senior at Clements High School. “We take (trees) for granted, and I wanted to highlight the importance of having them in our community.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

For her project, Nina led a team of volunteers in working with local volunteer groups and businesses to plan her event. The tree planting event lasted approximately five hours. Nina and her volunteers also developed a presentation for third grade students on the importance of trees and how to care for them. Finally, she created an informational video on how viewers could create and hold their own tree planting event and sent it out to local schools.

“Nina has always been passionate about environmental issues,” said Neville L., Nina’s father. “Working on her Gold Award brought her to the realization that a group of people aligned with the same goals can have a greater impact than just one individual.”

Nina has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has also earned her Silver Award. At Clements High School she is a member of DECA. Following graduation Nina plans to attend college to study mechanical engineering and environmental policy.

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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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