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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout holds choir workshop to earn Gold Award

SUGARLAND (Jan. 27, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Mashal L. taught fifth and sixth graders choir 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 manage my time and organizational skills,” says Mashal, a Clements High School junior. “Most of all, I learned how to make a difference in some of these kid’s elective decisions.”

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 have been in choir eight years,” explains Mashal. “I have also noticed many incoming sixth graders that were very indecisive on which elective to choose, so this choir workshop gave them a feel of what choir is as an elective.”

Mashal taught choir to 18 children during a two-day workshop that lasted six hours each day. Children did activities to instill in them a love of choir and learned about how to join middle school choir. After the workshop, three children decided to join choir.

“Mashal has become very organized, neat, punctual and responsible,” says Zohra Lakhani, Mashal’s mother. “She has gained many new leadership skills, time management and has helped other participants with decision making.”

As a member of Girl Scouts, Mashal earned her Silver Award, participated in choir and is serving as a program aide. At Clements High School, she is in National Honor Society and choir and has received many academic awards. Following graduation, she hopes to attend Emory University to major in dentistry and minor in music.

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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