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Spring Girl Scout refurbishes church gates to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (October, 2013) – Girl Scout Ashlie N. repainted the badly worn gates in front of her church 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 courage, confidence, leadership skills, public speaking skills and drive to push myself to do my best,” said Ashlie, a senior at Klein Oak High School. “I have also learned that if I am persistent and never give up, I am able to accomplish my goals and make a difference in the world.”

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 the gates [of my church] were rusty and [the paint was] peeling off,” said Ashlie. “I thought repainting them would help the church community by enhancing the overall look of the church.”

For her project, Ashlie led a team of volunteers in repainting the six gates at her church’s entrance. She also taught her volunteers different painting techniques and how to maintain an outdoor paint job.

“Ashlie learned a lot about leadership, including how to motivate 34 teenagers,” said Khanh N., Ashlie’s father.

Ashlie has been a member of Girl Scouts for nine years. At Klein Oak High School she is a member of HOSA, French Club, French National Honor Society and National Honor Society. Following graduation she plans to attend college.

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

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