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Beaumont Girl Scout hosts self-defense clinic to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Shannon L. organized a self-defense clinic to teach student Tae-Kwon-Do 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 leadership and teaching,” said Shannon, a 2012 graduate of West Brook High School. “I led a group of people by teaching and having others learn to teach Tae-Kwon-Do basic self-defense.”

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 am in Tae-Kwon-Do and have been for eleven years,” said Shannon. “I am a first degree black belt and believe everyone should have some knowledge of self-defense.”

For her project, Shannon led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting a four hour Tae-Kwon-Do clinic for students in her local community. She recruited eight volunteers from Fred Simon's Tae-Kwon-Do and between fifteen and twenty people attended the event.

“Shannon has developed organizational and instructional skills that were needed to present her Gold Award project in an efficient and timely manner,” said James and Claresse L., Shannon's parents. “These skills are carrying over to her college study habits.”

Shannon was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. She currently attends Texas A&M and is involved with the Wesley Youth Center and the Forensic Department Student Association.

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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