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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout promotes healthy living, earns Gold Award

SUGAR LAND, Texas (Oct. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Kirsten Denton held educational workshops for elementary, middle school and high school students to earn the Girl Scouts 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.

“I learned more about obesity and the severity of the disease,” says Kirsten, a recent graduate of Hightower High School. “I also learned the different ways that children learn at different ages.”

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 more than 100 service hours and 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.

“I chose this project because I am an athlete and love staying healthy and exercising,” explains Kirsten. “When I learned of the severity of obesity, esp. in Houston, I decided the best way to cure the problem was to start at the root. That’s why I decided to teach kids of all ages the importance of being healthy and exercising.”

Kirsten’s project was interactive for all age levels. Representatives from the Medical Science Academy taught the participating high school students. High school students taught the middle school students and middle school students taught the elementary school students.

“It was like a circle of life, a healthier life,” says Kirsten. “All the kids helped each other reach that goal.”

“Kirsten learned leadership skills by organizing teachers, coaches and other adults to present her program,” says Michael Denton, her father. “She also learned planning and management skills in implementing her program and working through scheduling conflicts.”

At Hightower High School, Kirsten participated in soccer and National Honor Society. She is currently attending Texas A&M studying radiological health engineering.

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 72,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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