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Amber Childres

Girl Scout helps students “Tune up for TAKS” to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON, Texas (Nov. 13, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Maggie W. helped students kindergarten through sixth grade prepare for the annual TAKS test 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 absolutely privileged I am to be where I am right now,” says Maggie, a junior at Incarnate Word Academy.

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 saw a need, and I felt that as an older student I could help,” explains Maggie as to why she chose the project.

In her “Tune up for TAKS” project, Maggie and 14 volunteers spent two months preparing over 25 students for the state test. The students all live in the Bissonnet Oaks apartment complex.

“I saw Maggie have to step up to the leadership role,” says Claudia W., Maggie’s mother. “She has never seen herself as a leader and allows others to step up to that role. At first she was unsure and nervous, but as the project progressed, I enjoyed watching that skill come out of her.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Maggie is also working towards earning the Spirit Alive Award, designed for Catholic youth in high school. At Incarnate Word Academy, Maggie is a member of the soccer and track and field teams. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study medicine.

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