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May 31, 2013

Going for the gold

Girl scout hopes project for children will earn her a Gold Star, the organization’s highest honor

By BRIAN SMITH

Kids have been getting stars for good work since they were little. One Weatherford High School senior is going for her Girl Scout Gold Star.

Jordan Simmons, who has been a scout and a member of Troop 4814 since she was 5, organized an event for a local non-profit May 24 at the Cherry Park Community Center. Officials from the non-profit asked for it not to be named.

The award, which is similar in merit to an Eagle Scout award for the Boy Scouts, is the highest award a girl scout can earn. Simmons said the award helped out little children by providing free haircuts, face painting, a chance to do an art project and door prizes, such as free movie tickets.

Simmons said her mother, Lydia, came up with the idea as a way to give back to the community. She is part of a group of five girls who have all been with the same troop since the age of five.

Simmons said she was unsure on how many kids to expect, as her mother contacted the non-profit and had them spread the word as to what was going on.

Simmons said she was having difficulty deciding what to do and many of the girls who were also going for their Gold Stars had already started their projects, so she did this pretty much on her own.

Once the event was completed, forms were completed and sent in to local officials, who will then present the award. Simmons said she hopes to become a troop leader some day and said the best part of being a Girl Scout is all the travel.

“I learned a lot through the places I went,” Simmons said. “We went to Savannah, Georgia, to the home of the Girl Scout founder and got to see it. It was pretty neat.”

Upon graduation from WHS, she plans on attending Weatherford College to get her “basics.” Depending on what she decides to major in, she could attend UT-Arlington to get her nursing degree.

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