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Sugar Land Girl Scout plans 5K race to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Sugar Land, TX – Girl Scout Jennifer D. planned, promoted and hosts a 5K race benefitting Soles4Souls 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.

"This project taught me that people are very willing to help," said Jennifer, a senior at St. Agnes Academy. "I needed that help because there is no way I could have succeeded by myself."

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 obesity is a serious problem in our country today, and I wanted to demonstrate to people how exercising can actually be fun," said Jennifer.

For her project, Jennifer spent four months planning and promoting her 5K race. Proceeds from the event went towards purchasing pairs of shoes for Soles4Souls, a nonprofit focused on donating shoes to people who desperately need footwear. More than 60 people participated in the race, and Jennifer was able to donate nearly 1,000 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls.

"Jennifer learned that planning and communication skills are invaluable tools to success in a project of this scale," said Debbie D., Jennifer’s mother. "Since her project, Jennifer is more confident in her abilities and more understanding of other people’s time and commitments. She did an amazing job with her project, and I couldn’t be more proud of her."

Jennifer is a varsity cheerleader at Stake Jesuit and enjoys participating in triathlons. Following graduation, she plans to attend college to study 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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit


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