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Houston Girl Scout installs art exhibit to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Kathryn B. created an art installation for Texas Children's Hospital 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 that a big non-profit corporation has a lot of red tape and that you have to keep pushing until the end,” said Kathryn, a 2014 graduate of Northland Christian High School.

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 felt that it was my time to give back to Texas Children's Hospital,” said Kathryn. “As a former patient of ten years, this place means a lot to me.”

For her project, Kathryn led a team of volunteers in planning and displaying an art installation using patient artwork from Texas Children's Hospital. She exhibited the children's artwork to build their self-confidence as well as for therapy purposes. Twenty-one people attended the exhibit reveal.

“Kathryn has gained significant confidence in herself through this process,” said Genie B., Kathryn’s mother. “Key items she learned were diligence, preparation, flexibility, office and meeting communication, business hierarchy, and inter-office politics. She is more determined and persistent about her goals and takes charge of her own destiny while encouraging others to do the same.”

Kathryn was a member of Girl Scouts for 13 years. At Northland Christian High School she was a member of Student Council, National Honor Society and Art Honor Society, and has received that Presidential Award in Academics and the Volunteer Service Award. She plans to attend college following graduation to study psychology for child development therapy.

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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