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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout builds prayer labyrinth to earn Gold Award

RICHMOND (Jan. 27, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Katilav M. constructed a prayer labyrinth at her church 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 I need to become more organized and take more risks,” says Katilav, a senior at Westchester Academy. “During my project, I had to get out of my comfort zone to ask donations from the congregation and discounts from companies like Home Depot. I also learned that I enjoy working with smaller groups. It was easier to communicate with 10 people instead of 20.”

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 the prayer labyrinth will affect and touch the lives of many people,” explains Katilav. “The community now has a place to pray or seek solitude when needed in today’s challenging world.”

Katilav installed the labyrinth to give the community a beautiful setting in which to pray or seek solitude. The labyrinth took three weeks to construct with the help of 10 people and had 40 people attend its dedication ceremony.

At Westchester Academy, she participates in choir and won the character without question award. Following graduation, she will attend Vassar College.

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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