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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout teaches tennis to earn Gold Award

MONTGOMERY, Texas (Jan. 26, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Katy B. held a camp to teach elementary school children tennis 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 putting on a tennis camp is a lot of hard work,” says Katy, a junior at Montgomery High School. “It requires advance approval and heavy time management to get everything done. Great volunteers, adults and teens are what make your project successful.”

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 play varsity tennis for Montgomery High School as well as compete in USTA (United States Tennis Association) Texas 18 S. Championship Level Major Zones,” explains Katy. “Tennis is my passion. I love the sport and wanted to share tennis with younger children.”

During the eight-hour camp, Katy instructed children on basic tennis moves such as forehands, backhands and serving and introduced them to high school players and coaches who have beginner’s programs. At the end of the camp, the children ate watermelon and ran through the water works sprinklers to cool off.

“I was amazed at how she took charge during the camp,” says Elizabeth Balli, Katy’s mother. “She worked with area coaches and teens getting everyone organized. She spoke with attendees’ parents after the event regarding area programs for their children. She was very assertive and in charge.”

At Montgomery High School, Katy is a member of varsity tennis, National Honor Society, Leo Club and the Sociology Club. Following graduation, she hopes attend college to study law and become a corporate lawyer.

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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