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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout improves school sports facilities to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Dec. 20, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Laurel B. improved the sports facilities at her 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.

“I learned that I am actually really good at organizing people into different tasks to get things done,” says Laurel, a senior at Carnegie Vanguard High School. “I also found out that if I’m making something, I want it to be the best it can be no matter how long it takes. I also learned that I am very stubborn, because there were many times that I could have given up, but I didn’t.”

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 wanted to help P.E. sports,” Laurel explains. “Carnegie Vanguard’s sport facilities aren’t your average high school facilities. I wanted to improve the students’ sports experience.”

For her project, Laurel built new soccer goals and a tennis backboard out of plywood. She also weeded the volleyball court, so new sand could be put down. She completed the project in seven days with help from 13 people.

“Laurel learned responsibilities and how to manage people,” says Laurel’s father, Tom Black. “I was especially impressed when she was managing the work crew outside--she made sure everyone had water breaks and kept sunscreen lotion on--on a close to 100 degree day. She also learned to recoup and not get negative when a donor backed out of giving her money.”

As a Girl Scout, Laurel also received her Bronze and Silver Awards, participated in summer camps and attended GEMS and genetics seminars. At Carnegie Vanguard High School, she is a member of National Honor Society, the Creative Writing Club, Robotics Club and Tennis Club. Following graduation, she hopes to study engineering in college.

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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