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Friendswood Girl Scout makes hats, blankets for Clear Lake Regional Hospital NICU to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON, Texas (October, 2013) – Girl Scout Katelyn M. hosted workshops to make hats and blankets for babies in Clear Lake Regional Hospital’s NICU 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 leadership skills and self-confidence,” said Katelyn, a 2013 graduate of Friendswood High School. “I also realized that I was good at leading by example and that I am a patient person.”
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 was born premature and spent four months in the NICU when I was a baby,” said Katelyn. “I wanted to share my story and teach others facts about premature babies. I also wanted to provide hats and blankets to the NICU to help keep the babies warm.”
For her project, Katelyn led her volunteers in learning how to make hats and blankets. Over a nine month period, she and her volunteers made 93 hats and 39 blankets for Clear Lake Regional Hospital.
“This project boosted Katelyn’s self-confidence, time management and organizational skills,” said Pauline M., Katelyn’s mother. “She did an excellent job of getting volunteers to help her with this project.”
Katelyn was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years and also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At Friendswood High School she was a member of golf, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Technical Honor Society and HOSA. She is currently attending Texas Tech University to study chemical engineering.
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