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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout’s team competes in robotics competition, earns Gold Award

KATY, Texas (June 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Grace H. taught junior high students about technology and engineering through a FIRST Lego League robotics team 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 realized that I can work well with all kinds of people,” says Grace, a senior at Cinco Ranch High School. “I also learned that I can really accomplish something great when I put my mind to it and really focus on the goal ahead.”

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 particular project not only because it shows my direct interests of science and technology, but it also fulfills my team’s one-year goal of mentoring a LEGO league team,” explains Grace.

Grace taught members of her team about math, science, technology and engineering because of the lack of school-sponsored programs in her district. She led volunteers and her team of students to competing at a regional tournament where they placed seventh out of 24 teams, and “incredible accomplishment for a rookie team,” Grace says.

The team also competed in the Lone Star Championship where they advanced to the quarterfinals and Grace was named “Rising Star Coach” for her work with a rookie team.

“Through this process, we have seen Grace become more confident and mature,” says Michele H., Grace’s mother. “She has become more goal-oriented and is serious and focused about her goals. She has developed strong leadership skills that were enhanced and honed during this project.”

As an active member of Girl Scouting, Grace has also earned her Bronze and Silver Awards. At Cinco Ranch, she is a member of the CRyptonite Robotics Team, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, theater and Environmental Club.

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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