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Clear Lake Girl Scout raises guide dog to earn Gold Award
HOUSTON, Texas (October, 2013) – Girl Scout Hannah K. raised a guide dog for Southeastern Guide Dogs 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.
“The Gold Award has made me realize the strong connection between humanitarian interests and other aspects of my life,” said Hannah, a senior at Clear Lake High School. “I learned to be an ambassador for those who don’t necessarily have a voice and experienced what it was like to challenge the status quo.”
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 there is not a renowned or unified guide dog symbol or emblem,” said Hannah. “There is also a general lack of understanding and knowledge in society about service animals. I decided I would advocate through presentations, discussions and other leadership activities.”
For her project, Hannah worked for a total of two years training her dog and then giving presentations to area churches, schools and Girl Scout troops about the importance of service animals. She taught her guide dog, Barb, 40 basic commands and exposed her to all sorts of public situations, such as shops, restaurants, movie theaters and more. The Power Point she developed for her own presentation is now being used by other puppy raisers across the country.
“Being involved in this project has made Hannah a very strong leader and communicator,” said Amy K., Hannah’s mother. “She has learned to deal with the ups and downs that a long-term project involves. This project has been a positive experience for Hannah and our entire family.”
Hannah has been a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years. At Clear Lake High School she is a member of HOSA, Safe School Ambassadors, National Honor Society, Assisteens and Food Bank Club. Following graduation she plans to attend college to study biomedical engineering.
About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council
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 62,000 girls 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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