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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout creates PSAs for teens to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Oct. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Elena Douglass created four public service announcements on issues important to teenagers 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 that there are many ways to reach others,” says Elena, a student at Lamar High School. “I also learned that by using television, I could effectively reach the audience within my school.”

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 interested in film,” explains Elena. “I like being able to reach a multitude of people with information that is important to them.”

Elena’s PSAs focused on nutrition, exercise, diversity and morality and values. She cast classmates to be in her PSAs, wrote their scripts and filmed and edited each piece.

“It was nice to watch Elena conceptualize a project and carry it through,” says her mother. “She learned management skills and understanding of what it takes to lead a project.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Elena has also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Lamar High School, she participates in National Honor Society, Interact (Rotary Club) and Lamar Cable Television. Following graduation, Elena plans to attend Texas A&M to study molecular and cell biology and broadcast journalism.

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