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Jersey Village Girl Scout coaches Special Olympics volleyball team to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Micaela R. coached a Special Olympics volleyball team through Houston Hot Shots 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 take charge of a group and teach special needs kids life skills that they will need in the future,” said Micaela, a senior this fall at Jersey Village 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 am very passionate about volleyball, and I was looking for a way to use my skills to help others,” said Micaela.

For her project, Micaela began coaching the team in September 2011 and completed her duties as a tournament coach in February of this year. At the start of the season, she led a team of volunteers in hosting a volleyball clinic for 30 players where they could learn advanced volleyball skills. Her team advanced to the regional tournament in Houston and also played in a three-day state tournament in Austin where they took the bronze medal.

“I am very proud of Mica,” said Lynn R., Micaela’s mother. “She learned a lot about teaching, coaching and leading by example. This was an amazing experience for her, and there is a lot that she will take away from this experience.”

Micaela has been a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years and is a member of Mariners, the GSSJC sailing program. At Jersey Village High School she is a member of band, Key Club, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society. Following graduation she plans to attend college to play volleyball and study engineering.

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 70,000 girl members and 19,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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