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Houston Girl Scout teaches children how to decorate cupcakes to earn Gold Award

Houston, TX – Girl Scout Maria N. held a booth at a fall festival to teach underprivileged children how to decorate cupcakes 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.

“We do not realize that, too often, others do not have the same privileges that we have,” said Maria, a 2014 graduate of Clear Lake High School. “Even learning a simple skill can make someone feel special.”

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

“I'm very passionate about the issue of underprivileged children,” said Maria. “Additionally, I am very skilled in baking and cake decorating. Therefore, I thought this would be a perfect mix of my talents.”

For her project, Maria led a team of volunteers in planning and holding a booth at the Bay Area Turning Point Battered Women's Shelter's fall festival on how to decorate cupcakes. She followed the festival with a workshop, and gave the children involved a “how-to” pamphlet as well as their newly decorated cupcakes. About fifty people attended the workshop.

“Maria learned the importance of hard work and determination,” said Ramin N., Maria's father. “She has become a better person through this project and is no longer afraid to take on challenges.”

Maria was a member of Girl Scouts for 12 years. At Clear Lake High School she was a member of orchestra and National Honor Society, and received a silver medal in the National Latin Exam. She plans to attend college following graduation to study physical therapy.

About Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council

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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