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Sugar Land Girl Scout organizing recycling program at her school to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Carolyn R. set up a recycling program at Stephen F. Austin 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 learned how to effectively network in my community and gained many contacts,” said Carolyn, a senior at Stephen F. Austin High School. “Additionally, I gained leadership skills by pioneering the environmental movement at my school.”

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.

“I chose this project because I have been passionate about the environment and recycling,” said Carolyn. “When I entered high school, I noticed the rest of the world was not the same way. I wanted to change that.”

For her project, Carolyn led her team of volunteers in creating a recycling program at her high school. Through her contact at Keep Sugar Land Beautiful, Carolyn networked with local recycling companies and secured free pick-up for her school. Carolyn and her volunteers then installed the recycling bins at the school to start the program.

“Carolyn learned to polish her leadership skills and further developed her organizational skills,” said Julia V., Carolyn’s mother. “She was able to take her passion for a cause she deeply believes in – caring for the environment – and really make a difference in her community.”

Carolyn has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Stephen F. Austin High School she is a member of the Fort Bend ISD G/T Mentorship Program, Environmental Club, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study chemical engineering.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

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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