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Katy Girl Scout hosts science workshop series to earn Gold Award

October, 2011

Katy, TX – Girl Scout Angela C. hosted a series of science workshops for local Girl Scout troops, a local shelter and the Tween Program at Cinco Ranch Public Library 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 communication is key when working with others, and also that it is difficult to be a leader and a follower at the same time," says Angela, a junior at Seven Lakes High School.

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 hoped to encourage girls to keep interested in math and science careers, address the lack of education in low-income families and add to the already strong science education in Katy ISD students," says Angela.

For her project, Angela planned, scheduled, taught and supervised a hands-on science workshop that was brought to a group of Katy Girl Scout troops, children at a local shelter and elementary school students participating in the Cinco Ranch Public Library’s Tween Program. Attendees got to participate in science experiments focused on basic science concepts such as force and motion, erosion, reflection and refraction and more. Middle school age students got a dose of forensic science and learned fingerprinting, DNA extraction and handwriting analysis skills. More than 60 students participated in her workshops. In addition, Angela collected 350 books, 150 VHS tapes and DVDs, a PlayStation2 with 50 games, and various electronics to donate to the shelter she worked with.

"Angela learned that the work doesn't complete itself, you have to overcome procrastination," says Judi C., Angela’s mother. "She also learned that writing down each step of a large project helps to make steady progress."

Angela has been a member of Girl Scouts for nine years and has served as a canoe aide at twilight camps and resident camps. At Seven Lakes High School she is a member of band, National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta and Spartans Out Serving. She was named a Duke TIP National Scholar and has competed in UIL science competitions. Follow graduation, she plans to attend college to study science.

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 www.gssjc.org.

 

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