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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout holds health fair to earn Gold Award

Houston (March 8, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Gabrielle S. organized a health fair at Berry Elementary 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 hard work and paying attention to detail, during the planning process, leads to a successful outcome,” says Gabrielle, a junior at St. John’s 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 to hold a health fair because I wanted to empower kids to lead a healthier life by teaching them how easy and fun it can be to exercise and eat well,” explains Gabrielle.

For the health fair, Gabrielle and her volunteers led children in activities and games to teach children a fun way to exercise. She also taught them how to eat a balanced diet and promoted healthy eating, hydration during exercise, physical activity and other tips to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

“Gabrielle learned how to organize a detailed event for its successful execution,” says Hector Santiago, Gabrielle’s father. “Her leadership skills soared and her communication skills were a great asset. In the process, her confidence reached a new level and her goal of giving back to the community was fulfilled. She was also able to motivate other teens to get involved and serve others.”

As a Girl Scout, Gabrielle was also involved in summer sailing camps. At St. John’s School, Gabrielle is involved in soccer, lacrosse and the Student Affairs Council. Following graduation, she plans to study science in 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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