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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scouts renovate messy classroom, earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (June 2010) – Girl Scout Seniors Stacy C. and Nicole A. redesigned their high school’s debate and speech classroom 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 procrastination is a major problem when completing something like this project and team work is a large part of getting things done,” says Stacy, a graduate of Oak Ridge High School.

“Organization from the start is an important part of the project and leadership process,” says Nicole, also a graduate of Oak Ridge 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 could tell the debate teacher, one of my old teachers, needed some ‘room makeover’ help,” explains Stacy as to why she chose the project.

“The debate teacher was desperately in need of a change in her messy ways,” adds Nicole.

Stacy and Nicole led volunteers in cleaning out the classroom and reorganizing everything. They used bright colors to paint a wall mural, organized all the debate team’s trophies and made it a more motivating environment overall.

At Oak Ridge, Stacy and Nicole were both members of ROTC and received several awards for leadership. This fall both plan to attend Sam Houston State University. Stacy plans to study education and Nicole plans to study public affairs.

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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