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Katy Girl Scout hosts breast cancer awareness events to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Katy, TX – Girl Scout Clare Z. worked with the Light and Salt Association's cancer support group to host breast cancer awareness events 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 what it is like to be in charge of a project, how to coordinate between team members and how to delegate duties," said Clare, a senior at Taylor High School. "Furthermore, I learned most about breast cancer from the two seminars I hosted."

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 my mom is a member of the organization, and she suggested I help them educate girls my age on breast cancer," said Clare.

For her project, Clare researched breast cancer and created a presentation for teenage girls to educate them on the disease. She then led volunteers in hosting two, two-hour seminars where she shared facts about breast cancer and brought in guest speakers including a doctor and a breast cancer survivor. To further her message, Clare also created a brochure and e-brochure for seminar attendees to take home with them. Nearly 40 teens attended her seminars.

"Clare learned how to effectively organize and manage time through this project," said Huilan H., Clare’s mother. "I have also noticed that she feels very comfortable speaking in front of an audience."

At Taylor High School, Clare is a member of Academic Decathlon, Chinese Club, Computer Science Club and is a UIL Social Studies state champion. She has also been named a National Merit Semi-finalist. Following graduation, she hopes to attend either Rice University or MIT to study chemical 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 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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