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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout holds Golden Retriever Rescue event to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Jan. 12, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Samantha W. led and coordinated booths at the Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston Fall Festival 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 utilize my leadership skills as a result of my project,” says Samantha, a senior at Saint Thomas Episcopal School. “I have also learned how to communicate well with others as well as delegate tasks. I also learned about determination and perseverance.”

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 chose this project because I saw a need for leadership in the Golden Retriever Rescue of Houston Fall Festival,” explains Samantha. “I saw an opportunity to apply my skills as well as benefit a great organization.”

At her booths, Samantha passed out adoption and information packets containing dog supplies, treats and literature. The festival lasted eight hours, and 100 people attended. She also led a dog supply collection drive at her high school to donate to dog rescue.

“I believe Samantha learned how to coordinate various projects simultaneously and saw how her hard work benefited a worthy cause,” says Katherine Wolf, Samantha’s mother.

As a member of Girl Scouts, Samantha participated in cookie and Fall Product sales and served as a member of the service unit weekend planning board. At Saint Thomas Episcopal School, she participated in mock trial, soccer and yearbook as well as won awards in mock trial and tennis. Following graduation, she hopes to attend college and major in business.

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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