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Sugar Land Girl Scout hosts science workshop to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Kalpana V. hosted a hands-on science workshop for more than 300 students and parents 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 realized that I can work with all kinds of people – especially kids that do not want to work,” said Kalpana, a freshman at Austin High School. “I discovered that a smile or a kind word can really go a long way. I also discovered that planning really makes a difference; since I had done so much planning for the event, I was not nervous the day of the event.”

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, Kalpana led her team of volunteers in planning and hosting her “The World of Science” workshop. Students and parents participated in 15 hands-on science activities focused on science, technology, engineering and math including making paper airplanes and robots, learning about fingerprinting, making a tornado and more.

Kalpana has been a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years, also earned the Silver Award and has served as a delegate-at-large for the Council and was a GSSJC representative at the Girls’ World Forum 2012 in Chicago. At Austin High School she is a member of dance, Science Olympiad and YES. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study science.

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