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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout holds ‘Dazzling Stars’ dance workshop, earns Gold Award

KINGWOOD, Texas (March 29, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Victoria W. held a dance workshop for special needs students 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 now have a greater appreciation of dance as an expression of our individual freedom rather than a sport,” says Victoria, a junior at Kingwood High School.

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 a special needs sister who always wanted to go to dance class as I did,” explains Victoria as to why she chose the project. “Due to her health, it was difficult to find a place to meet her needs. I felt this was a great opportunity to start a much-needed program.”

During her dance workshop, Julia led volunteers in teaching jazz, ballet and freestyle dancing. Her volunteers worked one-on-one with the students to ensure they learned all the dance moves. Her dance classes took place two days a week for four weeks and culminated with an awards ceremony.

“Victoria has a love for dance and a compassionate heart for all girls wishing to learn to dance,” says Kathy W., Victoria’s mother. “I have seen that passion ignite after her project.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Victoria has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. She participates in a variety of ongoing service projects as is a speaker at Girl Scout events for elementary school students. At Kingwood High School, she is a member of choir, rugby, Ready Set Teach and is the football video manager. Outside of school, she is a dance instructor and participates in her church’s youth group. Following graduation, Victoria plans to attend college to study elementary education and dance.

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.

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