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Memorial Girl Scout renovates swim team’s equipment shed to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Elizabeth C. renovated the South Briar Swim Team’s equipment shed and stanchions 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 from this project that you have to have process, organization, direction and leadership to see the project through,” said Elizabeth, a 2012 graduate of Westside High School. “I learned my leadership is stronger now through the experience of this project. I also learned how important it can be to contribute to your community.”

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 wanted to make a difference for South Briar Swim Team,” said Elizabeth. “The renovations of the swim team’s stanchions and enhancements to their storage shed were in need of help. It was important to me to help this organization and community as it is near and dear to me since I was on the swim team for many years.”

For her project, Elizabeth led her team of volunteers in improving the rusted stanchions and renovating the swim team’s equipment shed. Improvements included cleaning and organizing the space, removing hazards and enhancing the storage space. The project was completed over a 10-day period.

“Elizabeth’s father and I are so proud of her for taking ownership of this project and using her leadership skills with her volunteers to benefit the community,” said Jill C., Elizabeth’s mother. “She showed dedication and commitment from beginning to end. She gained confidence and a sense of pride.”

Elizabeth was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and also earned the Bronze Award. At Westside High School she was a member of marching band, choir and softball. Elizabeth is currently attending Blinn College where she is majoring in nursing.

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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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