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Miranda Enzor
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Girl Scouts better local parks in Katy to earn Gold Award

KATY, Texas (August 6, 2010) – Girl Scout Seniors Julia F. and Megan C. taught the public about wildlife in local Katy parks 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 it takes time to do a project like this and you can’t procrastinate,” says Megan. “It was an awesome experience through all the difficulties and challenges. I’m glad we got it done.”

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.

“We chose this project because the parks needed informational signs about not only plants and wildlife, but how to respect wildlife and parks,” explains Julia.

Megan and Julia researched local wildlife in Peckham and Rushing Parks and created informational signs to be posted. The signs not only detailed native creatures, but also gave tips on how to respect wildlife. In addition, the girls created a slideshow for elementary school students to teach them about respecting parks.

“The girls learned that a project is more involved and has to be thought out and planned, now thrown together,” says Dianne C., Megan’s mother.

Julia graduated from Cinco Ranch High School in May. While at Cinco Ranch, she participated in FFA and color guard. This fall she will be attending Texas A&M to study veterinary medicine. Megan graduated from Katy High School in May. This fall she will be attending Sam Houston State University to study agriculture.

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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