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Woodlands Girl Scout hosts Human Rights Walk and Festival to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Demme D. hosted the Human Rights Walk and Festival at Town Green Park in The Woodlands 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 to manage people more efficiently and to take charge in ways that I didn’t know were possible,” said Demme, a sophomore this fall at the John Cooper School. “I learned that putting on events as big as this is no easy task and that it requires a lot of time, devotion and perseverance.”

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 really believe that spreading the word on human rights and making sure that everyone is educated on them is something that could really help the world, both locally and abroad,” said Demme.

For her project, Demme led a team of volunteers in organizing and hosting the walk. Participants learned about the 30 basic human rights at the event, as laid out by the United Nations in 1948. More than 1,000 people attended her event, and Demme plans to host the event again this year.

“I have seen Demme take responsibility for making the world a better place for all and standing up and taking action to protect the rights of all,” said Dr. Sherry D., Demme’s mother. “From this experience she has learned what amount of effort, planning and help it actually takes to make a major impact in her community and around the world.”

Demme has been a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years. At the John Cooper School she is a member of varsity basketball, yearbook, student council, Student 2 Student Ambassadors, International Club, Culinary Club and Medical Professions at Cooper. Outside school she is a member of National Charity League. Following graduation, Demme hopes to attend Rice University to study English and 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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