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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout entertains heart center patients to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Jan. 12, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Vylace C. organized a day of entertainment for heart center patients at Texas Children’s Hospital 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.

“In a leadership position, I tend to lead and try to do everything myself,” says Vylace, a senior at Andy Dekaney High School. “I learned how to delegate and trust other people to get the job 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.

“I personally know how it feels to be a heart patient,” explains Vylace. “I wanted to encourage and inspire the children. I wanted to show them that they are not alone and to be unashamed.”

For her project, Vylace encouraged patients with a story about her own successful heart surgery and provided entertainment for about 275 children. She wrote and directed the skit, “The Three Little Pigs Got Talent,” which volunteers performed, wrote a children’s book that was read and distributed to patients, colored with children, made friendship bracelets and performed dance routines. Additionally, she organized a book drive and collected more than150 books to donate to the hospital’s library.

“Vylace has learned that successful projects require the active and continuous involvement of leadership,” says Sylvia Collins, Vylace’s mother.

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Vylace served on the Senior Recognition Planning Board and the Earth Day Planning Board. At Dekaney High School, she was involved in National Honor Society and drill team. Following graduation, she plans to attend Texas Tech University to study mechanical engineering.

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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