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Spring Girl Scout creates interactive photo exhibit at local libraries earn Gold Award
Houston, TX – Girl Scout Rebeca G. created an interactive photo exhibit at Barbara Bush Library and Tomball College Library focused on cultures and religions 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.
“I learned so many things from the different cultures such as traditions, practices and beliefs held in different parts of the world,” said Rebeca, a senior at Klein High School. “As a leader, I learned that you have to lead by example to inspire others to follow you.”
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 recognized the wide variety of backgrounds and cultures in my community,” said Rebeca. “I wanted to shed light onto other cultures. I also wanted to incorporate my passion for photography into the project.”
For her project, Rebeca found 10 volunteers to be her subjects in the photographs. She followed each person, photographing their customs, rituals and beliefs. Rebeca then led a team of volunteers in putting together display panels and setting up the photography exhibit at each library. She estimates more than 500 people saw her exhibit at each library.
“Rebeca learned to effectively coordinate and hone her skills, learned time management and learned leadership,” said Brenda G., Rebeca’s mother. “The most notable change we have seen in her since she finished the project is self confidence in knowing how to start a project, follow up and follow through until it is finished.”
Rebeca has been a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Klein High School she is a member of yearbook and previously was a member of orchestra. Outside of school she is a servant leader in youth ministry at Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study photography.
About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto CouncilGirl 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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