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Crystal Simmons
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Girl Scout hosts soccer clinic to earn Gold Award

SUGARLAND (Jan. 27, 2011) – Girl Scout Ambassador Meghan G. hosted a soccer clinic for children under 13 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 how to interact with individuals and organizations, how to delegate responsibilities and jobs and how to cope with changing situations” says Meghan, a 2010 graduate at Kempner High School.

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 played soccer as a kid, as a middle schooler and even in high school,” explains Meghan. “I always liked and enjoyed this game. I wanted to introduce this game to children who may not have an opportunity to seek out this game.”

During the five-hour clinic, Meghan introduced the rules of the game and taught basic soccer skills and teamwork to 13 participants. She also collected 10 soccer balls and Dynamo bracelets for the children from Soccer for All.

“Meghan took charge of this project and made all the necessary arrangements in planning and executing the project,” says Katherine Galloway, Meghan’s mother. “Meghan has always displayed leadership qualities throughout her Girl Scout years. We are both very proud of her.”

Meghan has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and has earned her Bronze Award. At Kempner High School, she is a cheerleader, president of Students with a Testimony, and soccer player. She hopes to attend Texas State University to major in fashion merchandising.

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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