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Bellaire Girl Scout works with Catholic Charities to earn Gold Award


HOUSTON, Texas (September, 2013) – Girl Scout Catherine V. made purses for clients at Catholic Charities 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 how to be organized and manage my time,” said Catherine, a junior at St. Agnes Academy.

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 realized that not every teenager is as fortunate as I am, and I wanted to give back to the community,” said Catherine.

For her project, Catherine led a team of volunteers in planning and making purses for teens at Catholic Charities. They also collected supplies such as headbands, flip flops, diaries and other toiletries to include in the purses.

Catherine has learned how to be a good leader,” said Karen V., Catherine’s mom. “She realized that perseverance is important, and she developed confidence to solve problems.”

Catherine has been a Girl Scout for 10 years and has also earned the Bronze and Silver Awards. At St. Agnes Academy she is a member of volleyball. Following graduation in 2015, she plans to attend college to study medicine.

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