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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scouts make chocolates for women’s shelter to earn Gold Award

THE WOODLANDS (Dec. 15, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassadors Stephanie and Michele M. made chocolate for the women and children staying at Montgomery County Women’s Shelter 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 was thrilled to hear how much the women and children enjoyed the meal and chocolates,” says Stephanie, a junior at John Cooper School. “I also enjoyed teaching my friends how to make all the chocolates.”

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 have volunteered at the shelter’s resale shop and wanted to do more for the people staying there,” explains Michele Manceor, also a junior at John Cooper School.

The girls made more than 350 pieces of homemade chocolate for the women. They also served them a full meal of lasagna, salad and bread along with more chocolates for dessert. The project took two months and 90 hours to complete.

“Both girls learned a lot about the shelter while working on their project,” says Marianne Manceor, Stephanie and Michele’s mother. “It was a real eye-opener. They both are planning on continuing to serve the shelter.”

At John Cooper School, both girls participate in International Club, Students Preventing Animal Mistreatment and Interact and are on the high honor roll. Stephanie is also involved in the Art Honor Society.

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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