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Houston Girl Scout creates awareness for Smither Park to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Katelyn W. increased awareness for Smither Park through a three part project 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.

“While doing this project I learned how to manage my time better,” said Katelyn, a 2014 graduate of Memorial High School. “I also developed better leadership skills.”

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 love photography and art in general,” said Katelyn. “I really wanted the world to know about Houston's first all green, folk-art inspired park.”

For her project, Katelyn led a team of volunteers in photographing the memory wall at Smither Park, then holding three art exhibits at different venues around Houston. She held a donation drive for recyclable materials to be used on this wall, then hosted recycle training workshops to sort supplies and add to the memory wall. Finally, her team filmed a Youtube video that included artists interviews and inspirations as well as provided an oral history of Smither Park. About 90 people attended the art exhibits, 40 people attended the recycle workshops, and thousands viewed Katelyn's art at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

“I am so proud of Katelyn for working so hard to earn the Gold Award,” said Jackie W., Katelyn's mother. “She learned very valuable life lessons that hard work pays off. The fact that she led all aspects of this project speaks for itself. Her experiences in leading, managing, and interacting with so many people has taught her she can accomplish great things!”

Katelyn was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Memorial High School she was a member of the Memorial Jogging Club, Junior Spirit group, National Charity League, the varsity track team, and is a photographer for the Memorial Anvil school paper. She plans to attend college following graduation to study photography.

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 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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