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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout instills love of science in youth, earns Gold Award

HOUSTON (June 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Katherine C. inspired children to enjoy science 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 set an example for those around me, especially those younger than me,” says Katherine, a senior at Jersey Village 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.

“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.”

Katherine created and planned several science activities for a group of children at Clay Road Baptist School. In true scientist form, she tested her activities on a group of Girl Scouts before bringing them to the students at Clay Road Baptist. She spent 30 minutes teaching each grade level science skills, with the help of five volunteers. Approximately 160 students participated in her project.

“Katherine chose a project that used her interests and talents,” says Donna C., Katherine’s mother. “She was a wonderful ambassador for Girl Scouting, taking her ideas to both Girl Scout and non-Girl Scout groups.”

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Katherine is a member of the Green Starlettes drill team and has been on two destinations trips. At Jersey Village she is assistant editor of the yearbook and is a member of band and Civil Air Patrol. Following graduation, she plans to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy or Letourneau University to study flight science.

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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