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Amber Childres

Girl Scout works with Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary to earn Gold Award

CYPRESS, Texas (Nov. 12, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Victoria M. built a wrought-iron fence for Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary 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 be a more effective leader and how to work with different types of people,” says Victoria, a senior at Cypress Woods High School. “I also learned that completing a goal is very rewarding.”

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 to help animals and my community,” explains Victoria as to why she chose the project. “I try to help in any way I can.”

With the help of volunteers, Victoria built a 600-foot fence that enclosed a public dog run and agility course. The owner of Noah’s Ark intends to use the dog run to promote animal adoption.

“Victoria has learned how to organize projects and establish timelines,” says Rich M., Victoria’s father. “She learned how to engage people for getting work done. She also learned projects change and you have to adapt as well.”

At Cypress Woods High School, Victoria is a member of swim team and is captain of the water polo team. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study chemistry and pre-med.

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 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit