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Local Teen Earns Girl Scouts Gold Award

HOUSTON (May 19, 2008) – Local Girl Scout Marissa P. received the Girl Scout of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement, and personal development. It takes two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

As part of her project, Marissa, a senior at Waltrip High School, and 17 volunteers she recruited decorated the donation area at Depelchin Children’s Center for the Christmas holidays. They painted shelves and created a mural featuring a family holding hands to welcome children as they enter the center. “I wanted to make the room brighter,” said Marissa. “It’s the first room the children see.”

Marissa and her team spent 10 days painting the mural then brought in kids of all ages to lend a handprint. “I had never painted a mural before,” she said. “I learned I can do anything I put my mind to.”

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 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 64,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit

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