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River Oaks Girl Scout hosts International Fair to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Leah T. hosted an International Fair at YES Prep Brays Oaks 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 the importance of leadership skills in order to lead a group of people, especially a group of people with different understandings,” said Leah, a senior at the Awty International School. “I also learned that despite certain difficulties along the way, in the end all of the hard work, time and effort is worth it.”

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 believe people need to know about the world,” said Leah. “I have been very privileged to grow up learning about the world. I believe everyone should have this privilege and everyone should know how important it is to be a global citizen in today’s world.”

For her project, Leah led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting an International Fair that promoted global competency among students. Leah recruited foreign exchange students to share information about their home countries with fair attendees, including food, language, music and more. Fair attendees received a passport they had stamped at each country they visited. Approximately 160 students attended her fair.

“Leah has shown that she can organize a large, diverse group of people to accomplish a goal,” said Debra T., Leah’s mother. “She did a great job communicating and showed creativity and leadership throughout the project.”

Leah has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At the Awty International School she is a member of soccer, Culinary Club and Spanish Club. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study either business, hospitality or international business.

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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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