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Bellaire Girl Scout builds study area at Gethsemane UMC to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (September, 2013) – Girl Scout Katerina M. designed and built a study area for students at Gethsemane United Methodist Church 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 to have better communication, design and research skills and how to deal with real world problems, such as working with large companies,” said Katerina, a senior at Bellaire High School. “I also learned how to spend money wisely.”

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 Gethsemane UMC is the sister church to my church, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church,” said Katerina. “I also wanted to do a project for teenagers because I understand their needs as a teenager – they are my needs too.”

For her project, Katerina led a team of volunteers in designing and constructing a study area for her peers. To collect funds for her project, she organized two large garage sales and then used the proceeds to buy the materials she needed for the study area. She and her volunteers installed a desk, cabinets and chairs. Katerina was also able to purchase new laptops for students to use with the funds she raised.

“Katerina learned tenacity when seeing through the project was difficult,” said Karen M., Katerina’s mother. “She learned to work with various types of people, especially bureaucracies. She tends to be a bit shy, but this project gave Katerina confidence, especially around people in authority.”

Katerina has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Bellaire High School she is a member of yearbook and swimming. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study either international studies or business.

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