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Sugar Land Girl Scout tutors fellow students in math to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Jessica M. tutored freshmen and sophomores at Lamar Consolidated High School in math in an effort to raise TAKS and STARR scores at the 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 that everyone does not learn the same,” said Jessica, a 2012 graduate of Lamar Consolidated High School. “Some of the students were visual learners and some were hands-on. I learned how to adjust to meet the needs of the students and achieve my goal of raising the math TAKS and STARR scores.”

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 a love for math,” said Jessica. “I saw my school records of past TAKS tests and noticed the math section had the lowest scores. I decided I wanted to make a change and help students do well in school.”

For her project, Jessica led her team of volunteers in tutoring more than 15 students during study halls and after school. The math tutorials took place for one month, and Jessica hoped the school’s scores would improve to give Lamar Consolidated an overall exemplary rating.

“Jessica learned how to better work with people and she learned time management,” said Marilyn M., Jessica’s mother. “She is now more open to contacting authority figures and asking for things she needs.”

Jessica was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Lamar Consolidated High School she was a member of varsity basketball and National Honor Society. This fall she is attending Prairie View A&M University to study civil engineering.

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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