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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout educates teens on risks of drunk driving to earn Gold Award

JERSEY VILLAGE (Oct. 1, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Michelle B. raised awareness of the consequences of drinking and driving 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 I want to be a teacher,” says Michelle, a 2010 graduate of Jersey Village High School. “With having to search, collect and distribute important information, I liked knowing that what I worked on was beneficial to the people I showed it to.”

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 I know a lot of my friends and people in my age group are driving and going to parties,” explains Michelle. “I wanted them to be more aware of drinking and driving and the negative effects it has on the body.”

Michelle led a group of volunteers in a workshop for her peers. She taught students the effects of alcohol using an obstacle course, posters, worksheets and a Power Point presentation.

“Michelle has learned how to plan and handle a long-term project,” says Ann B., Michelle’s mother. “She has more confidence knowing she can handle whatever comes her way.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Michelle was a member of the horseback riding program, SPURS, and a member of the GSSJC drill team, the Green Starlettes. At Jersey Village High School, she was a member of swim team and Freshman Friends. This fall she is attending Lone Star College, with plans to transfer to Sam Houston State University to studying education.

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

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