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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout repairs corral to earn Gold Award

SPRING, Texas (Dec. 21, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Kelsi C. organized a group of volunteers to repair and improve the Spring Clover Corral 4-H barn after it was damaged during hurricane Ike and clean a local cemetery 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 that the Clover Corral kids and parents really appreciate all the help they can get,” says Kelsi, a senior at Spring High School. “In the case of the cemetery, volunteerism helps a lot.”

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 I’m very involved in 4-H,” explains Kelsi. “The kids at the Clover Corral work very hard and they deserve a nicer-looking facility.”

Kelsi organized about 25 volunteers to make repairs to the barn and clean Spring Cemetery. The project took nine months to complete. When it was finished, Kelsi invited a daycare to tour the barn to promote involvement in the Spring 4-H Club.

“This project proves that she can lead adults and children to accomplish one common goal,” says Marsha Cook, Kelsi’s mother.

As an active member of Girl Scouts, Kelsi was involved in the Green Starlettes from 2006-2008. At Spring High School, she has served as the FFA president from 2009-2011. Her awards in the program include the Texas Lonestar degree, Chapter degree, Star Chapter award, and Greenhand degree. She is also involved in yearbook, peer mentoring, Shattered Dreams and Spring 4-H Club. Following graduation, she hopes to attend Blinn College and eventually Texas A&M University to study agribusiness.

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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