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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout organizes event for non-profit, earn Gold Award

KATY, Texas (June 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Analisa V. held a carnival and dance for the Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) 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 able to take charge of situations and express the needs I have effectively,” says Analisa, a graduate of Seven Lakes High School. “I also learned that I am able to lead others and have everyone work together successfully.”

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.

“Through previous volunteering with this organization, I was able to meet the members and loved each and every one of their personalities,” explains Analisa as to why she chose the project. “They are all fun and full of life but are limited in the fact that they aren’t involved with many organizations. I wanted to do something they could be involved with and enjoy.”

Analisa led over 60 volunteers in preparing her event. The carnival and dance took place in December, so attendees made holiday crafts, enjoyed face painting and a wide variety of games. Analisa served a special lunch and gave out prizes to members of ARC.

As a member of Girl Scouts, Analisa also earned her Bronze Award. At Seven Lakes, she was a member of HOSA, National Charity League, Spanish Club, American Sign Language Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Best Buddies, Spartans Out Serving, Student Council, Friends of Rachel, DARE and Recycling Club. This fall Analisa plans to attend either Baylor University or Trinity University to study psychology.

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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