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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout boosts school spirit to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Sept. 30, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Julie C. created a club at her school to boost school spirit 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 how to stay organized and that I could come up with my own idea,” says Julie, a 2010 graduate of Westside 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 wanted there to be more school spirit created specifically for the baseball team,” explains Julie as to why she chose the project.

After creating the club through her school, Julie and the members made good luck gifts and signs for the baseball players before games.

“Julie possesses natural leadership abilities and this project provided a vehicle for her to develop this strength,” says Margaret C., Julie’s mother.

As a member of Girl Scouts, Julie earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Westside High School, she was a member of Best Buddies, Business Professionals of America, student council and cheerleading. She is currently attending Texas State University studying public relations.

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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