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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout tackles childhood obesity, earns Gold Award

CLEAR LAKE, Texas (Oct. 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Hillary Sullivan organized a carnival focused on childhood obesity 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 children are very willing to eat healthy and exercise when they are doing fun activities,” says Hillary, 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 chose this project because it is important for children to learn at a young age to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to be healthy in the future,” explains Hillary.

Over 100 children and their parents attended the carnival. As part of the project, Hillary compiled a cookbook of healthy recipes, made snacks with attendees and taught exercise techniques.

“Hillary has grown and matured,” says Rick Sullivan, Hillary’s father. “Girl Scouts and working towards the Gold Award has helped to prepare her for college and the world.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Hillary was a camp counselor at day camps and volunteered at father-daughter dances. At Clear Lake High School, she participated in varsity golf, Jewish Student Association, National Honor Society, Young Republicans and served on several committees and boards. She is currently attending Tulane University studying political science in the pre-med and pre-law programs.

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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