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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout starts a school dance team to earn Gold Award

HOUSTON (Dec. 15, 2010) – Girl Scout Ambassador Lucila M. created a dance team to instill confidence in her peers 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 I am a more patient person than I thought myself to be,” says Lucila, a senior at The Chinquapin School. “I learned to manage my time even better than before. The most important thing I learned was that my passion for an activity not always provided at school could make a big difference in a student’s life.”

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 to do this project because I love dance and wanted to introduce the ways of dance to my school,” explains Lucila. “I also wanted to start this project to provide a new opportunity to those who did not get a chance in sports. I wanted to help build confidence in the students of my school while experiencing a new, fun activity.”

Lucila taught hour long dance classes four days a week for 10 weeks. The class culminated in two performances for her school with about 200 attendees each: one at the school’s annual Christmas dinner at St. Jude’s Church and one at her school’s spring performance.

“Lucila has always been a motivated, hard-working person, but this project let her put to work both her organizational skills and her natural creativity,” says Barbara Day, Lucila’s guardian. “She shouldered the responsibility beautifully, plus learned some valuable lessons about working with groups in a leadership role.”

Lucila, an active member of Girl Scouts since she was a Brownie, serves as a member of the Girl Planning Boards for service unit weekends and participated in summer camps. At Chinquapin, she made the Honor Roll and received several academic awards. She is also involved in track, soccer and chore. She plans to study biology as an undergraduate and attend graduate school at Texas A&M to become a veterinarian.

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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