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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout utilizes love of music to earn Gold Award

CLEAR LAKE, Texas (Oct. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Courtney Lumme organized a group of musicians to perform at a retirement home 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 small acts of kindness can make all the difference in the world,” says Courtney, a recent graduate of Clear Lake High 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 love music, and I wanted to share that with others,” explains Courtney as to why she chose the project.

A group of 10 musicians participated in the project. Courtney organized rehearsals two days a week for one month. She then coordinated a performance at Rosemont at Clear Lake Assisted Living. Her event was attended by 25 residents.

“Courtney was skillful in recruiting her band classmates to help her,” says Mary Lumme, Courtney’s mother. “She enjoyed entertaining her elderly audience and picked out music they would enjoy.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Courtney earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Clear Lake High School, she participated in band, orchestra, HOSA and the Bay Area Youth Symphony. She is currently attending Blinn College and plans to transfer to Texas A&M in the spring.

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