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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout plants garden to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (June 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Keri B. created a butterfly garden and built benches overlooking the garden 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 a lot about wood-working while making the benches, as well as a lot about planting and garden work,” says Keri, a graduate of St. Agnes Academy. “I also learned how to efficiently lead a group of volunteers to achieve a goal.”

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.

“Since I have decided my career choice, I know how important science is,” explains Katherine as to why she chose the project. “Looking back at my early school years, I remember how much I disliked science. I wanted to change that for others.”

Keri led seven volunteers in building the butterfly garden and benches. After recruiting her volunteers, she nominated one person to assist her in overseeing the entire project. Over the course of five days, Keri and her volunteers planted the garden and built two benches.

As a Girl Scout, Keri also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards and participated in the Mariners sailing program. At St. Agnes, she was a member of track and field, involved in the art department and won awards for her artwork. In the fall, Keri plans to attend the University of Texas to study molecular biology.

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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