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Houston Girl Scout coaches speech team to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Margaret B. founded a middle school speech team 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 the joys of being a teacher, sharing something that I am passionate about, and watching as students exceed your expectation as well as their own,” said Margaret, a 2015 graduate of St. Agnes Academy High School. “I learned the importance of hard work, dedication, and team work. Though I knew I would be teaching my students, I was surprised by how much they taught me.”

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 after recalling the great fun I had at the St. Thomas High School tournament as a participant in eighth grade,” said Margaret. “I knew I had found the perfect idea for my Gold Award project.”

For her project, Margaret led a team of volunteers in established a speech team at Holy Ghost Catholic Middle School. She met with prospective students from sixth through eighth grade every week, helping them practice events from humorous interpretation to prose. Six students competed at the St. Thomas High School tournament, and they all made it to at least semi-finals in one event.

“Margaret's horizons have opened immensely since completing the Gold Award project,” said Stephanie B., Margaret’s mother. “She has a new sense of accomplishment. The Holy Ghost principal has asked her to coach the team again next year. Margaret has even applied for a grant from the Greater Houston Community Foundation to cover the speech tournament entry fees for next year!”

Margaret was a member of Girl Scouts for 9 years. At St. Agnes High School she was a member of the mixed chorus and the Dominican Preaching team. She is also a varsity member of the St. Agnes Speech and Debate team and has won various awards for Lincoln-Douglas debate and other speech events. She plans to attend college following graduation but is still undecided.

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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