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Houston Teen Earns the Exclusive Girl Scout Gold Award

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Obtaining the Girl Scout Gold Award is a huge goal that only high school-aged Girl Scouts are eligible to achieve. According to GirlScouts.org, getting the Gold means successfully completing a seven-step project that works to solve “a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future.” The Gold Award became the highest award a Girl Scout could reach in 1980, deriving itself from the First Class award (1963 – 1980), the Curved Bar Award (1940 – 1963), and the Golden Eaglet (1916 – 1939).

Recently, Chron.com wrote that Michelle Pakel, a sophomore at Memorial Private High School, received this top Girl Scout honor, noting that “less than 5 percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.” Pakel worked alongside the Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition Wildlife Center to organize an effort to build mesh boxes used in the care of ill animals. She went on to lead several speaking engagements for fellow students and younger children to spread information about caring for and respecting Texas wildlife.

“This helped me become more proactive when I help others. Since I experienced obstacles during my project, I learned how to solve them more effectively and efficiently,” Pakel told the news. The TWRC Wildlife Center will be able to use her educational materials for years to come.