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Houston Girl Scout teaches students about the Texas state insect to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Julia T. taught elementary school students the basics of life science 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 a great deal about time management, organizational skills, as well as working with people in order to attain a desired result,” said Julia, a 2014 graduate of Episcopal High School. “On a smaller scale, I learned how to work with kids and how to channel their abundant energy and enthusiasm into something productive and knowledgeable.”

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.

“Since I was a young girl, I've been taught the value of education, hard-work, and perseverance,” said Julia. “II wanted this project to reflect those values, but still be fun for the kids so I formulated a fun but rewarding program with in the form of gardening so the kids could see their work come together.”

For her project, Julia led a team of volunteers in planning and hosting two planting sessions for 3rd and 4th graders, focusing on the Texas state insect, the Monarch Butterfly. She taught them life sciences through various activities, and planted Butterfly Milkweed, Butterfly Bush, and Pentas of different colors.

“Julia learned to organize her project, write out a plan to implement it, asked for permission, communicated with all the parties involved to get it done, took full control, and made it all happen with a smile,” said Isik T., Julia's father. “She is proud of her accomplishment and the joy it gave her. We are very proud of her too.”

Julia was a member of Girl Scouts for 10 years. At Episcopal High School she was a member of the dance team, Admission Club, and has received the Exemplary Effort Award for Academic Achievement multiple times. She plans to attend college following graduation and follow the pre-law track.

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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