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Houston Girl Scout refurbishes community garden to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Tori S. added to the existing garden at the University of St. Thomas 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.

“From my Gold Award project, I learned how to plan and implement a project,” said Tori, a 2014 graduate of Cypress Ridge High School. “I also learned that not everything is as simple as it seems. Additionally, I learned what it means to be an effective leader.”

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 enjoy gardening and the environment,” said Tori. “I enjoyed Sister Damien's energy and passion for the project, as well as working with her.”

For her project, Tori led a team of volunteers in building compost bins and assembling them at the University of St. Thomas (UST). She also cleaned out an abandoned planter, filling it with blackberry plants, as well as adding a small planter to the meditation area. Tori and her volunteers also painted the shed UST red.

“We are very proud of Tori and the dedication she showed to obtain her Gold Award,” said Michael and Janet S., Tori's parents. “She was very resourceful as she overcame obstacles to fulfill her plans. She showed great maturity and learned what it takes to be an effective leader. We know she will do great things in the future thanks to the Girl Scouts and the Gold Award.”

Tori was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Cypress Ridge High School she was a member of National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Sports Medicine and Health Occupation Student Association. She plans to attend college following graduation to follow the pre-med track.

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

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