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Sugar Land Girl Scout promotes self-esteem with cheer clinic to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Reilly S. held a cheer clinic for young girls to help build their confidence and self-esteem to earn Girl Scouts of the USA’s Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can receive. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts achieve this national recognition.

“This project game me a stronger sense of self because I am now aware of the impact I can make on my community,” said Reilly, a junior at St. Agnes Academy. “Working with young girls made me realize the importance of having positive role models for girls to look up to.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

“I chose this project because I feel younger girls need to be empowered with positive self-esteem and confidence so they can believe in themselves and be given the opportunity to succeed at any age,” said Reilly. “I also feel it is important for girls to engage in exercise on a daily basis, develop healthy eating habits and good hygiene skills.”

For her project, Reilly led her team of volunteers in planning and hosting a cheer clinic where girls learned cheers, routines, stretching exercises and focused on the physical benefits of dance. Reilly and her volunteers also took time to teach their attendees about healthy eating habits and the importance of personal hygiene. Approximately 40 girls attended the clinic.

“The Gold Award project is a life lesson that has allowed Reilly to reach out to others in something she feels passionate about,” said Joy S., Reilly’s mother. “This was a great learning and growing opportunity that will allow her to build upon her leadership skills and take complete ownership from start to finish on a project she believed would make a difference in girls and her community.”

Reilly has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years and has also earned the Silver Award. At St. Agnes Academy she is a member of tennis, band, Latin Club and National Honor Society. She is also a Stake Jesuit cheerleader. Following graduation she plants to attend college to study science and math.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

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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