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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout creates Web site for lost pets, earns Gold Award

KATY, Texas (Oct. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Janna Proehl worked with two local home owners associations to create a lost pet Web site 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 how to present information to large groups of people,” says Janna, a recent graduate of James E. Taylor High School. “I also learned about Web site design and improved my skills for interacting with adults.”

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 wanted to find a way to improve my community,” explains Janna as to why she chose the project. “People in my community love their pets. I thought they would benefit from a project that helps (find or identify) lost and found pets.”

As part of the project, Janna distributed over 130 questionnaires to pet owners in her community to help build her Web site, Homeward Bound. After collecting her data, Janna completed 12 15-minute presentations to two homeowner associations and several community groups, encouraging them to use her Web site.

“Janna learned to research information and how to put that into a form others will understand,” says Lynn Mumby, Janna’s mother.

At James E. Taylor High School, Janna participated in band, student council, National Honor Society and the UIL social studies team. She is currently attending the University of Denver studying history.

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