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Senior Girl Scouts win Gold Award for service

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The official Girl Scouts of America press release features Chloe Brissett, Madison Burba, Sabrina Nader and Ava Winn.

Four Kinkaid seniors, Chloe Brissett, Madison Burba, Ava Winn and Sabrina Nader, all received a Gold Award from The Girl Scouts of America on Feb. 27.

According to the official Girl Scouts website, the Gold Award is the highest honor given to any member of the Girl Scouts, with only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts successfully earning the award according to the Girl Scouts website.

To achieve the Gold Award, Girl Scouts must complete two senior or ambassador journeys or have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and finished one senior or ambassador journey.

Senior and ambassador journeys are multi-session experiences where Girl Scouts explore their interests further and learn skills to make a difference in their community.

Scouts must also plan and implement an individual “Take Action” project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides a sustainable, lasting benefit to the girl’s larger community. 

Once these steps have been met, members must plan and complete a service project, which requires a minimum of 80 hours of work.

“I finished my project leaving with more confidence in my leadership skills, and now when I put my mind to something I give 110% and nothing less,” Nader said.

For implementing a nutritious food source and meal plan program in low-income Latinx and African American neighborhoods in Southwest Houston that are experiencing food insecurity, Brissett received her Gold Award. 

While Brissett helped create a difference now in her community, Burba helped change her community’s future by producing a series of videos that served as training materials for volunteers at SoléAna Stables, a nonprofit that offers equine therapy to neurodivergent children. 

“I’m so glad I got this opportunity to give back to my community,” Burba said. “It means a lot to help the people around me and give back to them.”

In partnership with Fort Bend Senior Meals on Wheels, Nader organized pet supplies for the elderly. 

“To be able to help these senior citizens in any way and help them to live a stress-free life with no worries about their pets was my biggest goal,” Nader said.

Mind Over MATter is a project that Winn developed. Through interactive workshops such as a yoga lesson and an educational seminar, she helped women of all ages focus on their physical and mental health and wellness. 

“Hosting three yoga sessions and wellness seminars made me feel so fulfilled because I felt that I was making a positive impact in the lives of women in my community,” Winn said.

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