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Mona Tolbert
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Girl Scout leads conservation projects in local parks to earn Gold Award

KINGWOOD, Texas (Oct. 1, 2010) – Girl Scout Senior Stephanie W. completed conservation projects at River Grove and Deer Ridge Parks to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I learned a lot about our environment,” says Stephanie, a senior at Kingwood High School. “I was most interested to learn that plants I see all the time aren’t necessarily supposed to be there and some are considered invasive.”

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

“I chose this project because my family has always taken vacations at national parks, and I have formed a strong interest in the parks,” Stephanie explains. “I wanted to take that interest down to a local level and do something with my project that would benefit our parks in Kingwood.”

At River Grove Park and Deer Ridge Park, Stephanie led volunteers in planning 1,400 bare root seedlings, including loblolly pine, green ash, redbud, Shumard oak and cherry bark oak. She also held three workdays to remove invasive plants. In addition, Stephanie led a workshop for Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts with a conservation theme.

As a Girl Scout, Stephanie has served as a Program Aide for day camps. At Kingwood High School, she is a member of FFA and National Honor Society. Following graduation she hopes to attend Stephen F. Austin State University to study environmental science and forestry.

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 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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