Local Girl Scouts earn top honor

Sonny Long

June 5, 2010 at 1:05 a.m.

Four local Girl Scouts have earned the Gold award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve.

Tess Yarbrough, Hanna Moore, Amberlea Kirby and Rachel Gohlke, all members of the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas in Victoria, completed community service projects during the spring to finish the requirements for the award.

Tess, 18, conducted a four-day theater camp that taught children about acting, confidence and creativity.

During the camp, the children wrote their own skits, and at the end of the camp performed for their parents and community members.

"I showed the kids a new creative side of them, that began to blossom throughout the week," said Tess, a member of the Class of 2010 at Memorial High School.

Hanna, a 2010 Profit Magnet High graduate, became a certified American Red Cross babysitting instructor and taught classes at Boys & Girls Clubs, a housing complex, a school and other locations. She trained 59 girls.

"Many times 10-year-olds and 11-year-olds are left alone with younger sisters and brothers," said Hanna. "They need the skills from these classes."

Hanna, 18, also raised the funds to offer the classes free of charge. She said the most successful part of her project was that the girls were serious about taking the class and being safe.

Amberlea, 17, a high school senior to be, taught a bicycle safety course to children in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Victoria.

The local fire department, police department and Red Cross accepted her invitation to speak to the children during her safety course. Through activities including games and races, Amberlea helped children to understand how to ride a bicycle safely.

Rachel, 18, a Memorial graduate, provided landscaping at Christ's Kitchen.

She researched and installed xeriscaping, dug a drainage ditch, laid sod, created two herb gardens and installed bicycle racks at the facility.

The girls will be recognized at the State Capitol during a special ceremony on June 14.

The Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas serves 26 counties from Victoria to Corpus Christi and Laredo to the Rio Grande Valley. There are service centers in Harlingen, McAllen, Corpus Christi, Laredo and Victoria. The Council serves more than 17,000 girls.



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