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Amber Childres
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Girl Scout renovates prayer garden, earns Gold Award

MISSOURI CITY, Texas (April 15, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Janay B. revitalized a prayer garden at Brentwood Baptist Church 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 no task is too big for one person as long as you have the support and dedication to reach your goal,” says Janay, a senior at Hightower 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 chose this project because there are many churches that lack a place for people of all ages to pray whenever they need to,” explains Janay. “This garden provides the community with a place to meditate in a setting that gives them a sense of peace and serenity.”

Janay led over 25 volunteers in renovating the prayer garden at Brentwood Baptist Church.

“She learned that it takes commitment and perseverance to accomplish your goal,” says Gwendolyn B., Janay’s mother. “She endured many challenges, but she succeeded in overcoming them because she was focused on what she wanted to achieve.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Janay is a member of The Voice, a girl-led leadership board. At Hightower High School she is lieutenant colonel of the Hi-Lites dance team and a member of National Honor Society, Elite Ladies of Wings and FBLA. Following graduation, Janay plans to attend Stephen F. Austin State University to study pharmacy.

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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