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League City Girl Scout bridges the generation gap to earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Ayat S. interviewed senior citizens and created a booklet on their lives 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 importance of staying in communication with people of all ages, whether they are older or younger than me,” said Ayat, a 2013 graduate of Clear Springs High School. “Interacting with people that differ from me in age makes me realize how similar we really all are. Since I am going to college soon, I'll constantly be surrounded by those around my age, but it's nice to be reminded that there is more to life than just being academically successful.”
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 enjoy speaking to and interacting with those significantly older than me, and I found that this project idea let me do so while making a difference at the same time,” said Ayat. “I had volunteered at this specific nursing home before and I really enjoyed my experience then as well.”
For her project, Ayat led a team of volunteers in visiting and interviewing twenty residents at a local nursing home. She then compiled their stories into booklets, printed them with the help of Office Depot, and delivered them back to the interviewees. Twenty people attended the reading of all of the stories.
“Ayat had matured into a more loving and caring person,” said Ajaz S., Ayat’s father.
Ayat was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Clear Springs High School she was a member of Health Occupations Students of America and won first place in Dental Spelling, a state qualifier for Distributive Education Clubs of America, and created the Muslim Students Association at her school. She plans to attend college following graduation to follow the pre-med track.
About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto CouncilGirl 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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