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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout holds dance workshop to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Sept. 30, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Kierstan H. held a dance workshop 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 if I put my mind to finishing something, I can get it done,” says Kierstan, a 2010 graduate of Kempner 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 picked this project because of my love of dancing and because being healthy and active has helped turn my life around,” explains Kierstan.

Her dance workshop was open to boys and girls and lasted two days. She led volunteers in teaching students dance styles such as hip hop, lyrical and pom. Kierstan also spoke to the students about the importance of eating healthy and keeping their bodies in shape.

“We are very proud of our daughter being able to plan, organize and complete her project,” says Karen H., Kierstan’s mother. “After this project, she is more confident in her ability has a dance instructor.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Kierstan also earned her Bronze Award. At Kempner High School, Kierstan was a member of dance team, FCCLA, Duck Tape Club, student council and FCA. She is currently attending University of Houston – Downtown studying medicine.

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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