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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout holds communication workshops to earn Gold Award

KATY, Texas (Nov. 12, 2009) – Girl Scout Senior Elynn L. held a series of workshops emphasizing the importance of communication for eighth grade students preparing to enter high school 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.

“This experience is something I have planned for a long time but never followed through with,” says Elynn, a senior at Cinco Ranch High School. “I learned I have the ability to connect with younger students. I’ve also been able to take a step back and look at myself again.”

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.

“Since my ninth grade health class, I have wanted to speak to people about issues like depression, eating disorders and bullying,” explains Elynn as to why she chose the project. “I was experiencing a personal low during my sophomore year, and I realized that many of my problems had grown out of miscommunications. These experiences were the motivations for me to create my project.”

To encourage effective communication as they entered high school, Elynn held a series of weekly workshops lasting over a period of two months. Each week, students focused on different topics facing high school freshman. Volunteers spoke on topics, held question and answer sessions and played games.

“I think Elynn learned to take setbacks as an opportunity for alternative actions,” says Helen C., Elynn’s mother. “She also learned personal experience is a good source for helping others deal with similar situations.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Elynn has also earned her Silver Award. At Cinco Ranch High School, Elynn is a member of marching band, orchestra, Computer Science Club, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honor Society and Science Honor Society. She has received numerous music awards. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study music or biology.

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 www.gssjc.org.