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Cypress Girl Scout creates touch cart for HMNS to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Myria P. created a touch cart for the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) and trained volunteers how to use it 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 chose this project because I have a passion for paleontology,” said Myria, a junior at Cypress Woods High School. “I have been a part of the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Paleo Crew, and I took the opportunity to create a permanent educational experience sharing prehistoric life in Texas.”

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.

For her project, Myria led her team of volunteers in creating a touch cart containing fossilized specimens Myria collected in the field with the HMNS Paleo Crew. Myria hoped to inspire an interest in earth sciences through sharing items that have been collected and teach museum-goers about the Permian animals in addition to explain the process a fossil goes through from discovery in the field to the display case of the museum. Finally, Myria trained 20 “Ecoteen” summer volunteers at HMNS and 25 museum docents in how to use the touch cart.

Myria has been a member of Girl Scouts for nine years. At Cypress Woods High School she is a member of band, and she is an active volunteer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science where she received the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award for more than 270 hours of service in 2011. Following graduation Myria plans to attend college to study vertebrate paleobiology.

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