Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Mayde Creek Student Rallies Community and Earns Gold Award

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award.

Laura Malcotti-Sanchez, a senior at Mayde Creek High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable Take Action projects. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.

To earn the award, Malcotti-Sanchez renovated rooms at Casa Juan Diego, a shelter that serves immigrants, refugees and the poor. She also led various workshops that taught volunteers who assisted with renovations, various skills, including: how to sew, use a sewing machine, repair and renovate walls and paint a mural. Malcotti-Sanchez and her volunteers were able to renovate four resident rooms and complete a mural in one of the shelter’s playrooms. They were also able to sew and install eight curtains.

“Through this project, my volunteers and I were able to make Casa Juan Diego more comfortable for the residents,” said Malcotti-Sanchez. “This project has also made me want to explore the possibility of taking on similar projects while in college that will benefit the Houston community.”
Malcotti-Sanchez knows first hand what it feels like to be an immigrant and how hard it can be to adjust in a new country.

“I moved to Venezuela when I was seven,” said Malcotti-Sanchez. “Casa Juan Diego helps new immigrants immerse themselves and become productive members of American society, which is something I consider very important for Houston and this country.”

After graduation, Malcotti-Sanchez will attend the University of Houston and major in mechanical engineering.

To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, which turns 100 in 2016, visit www.girlscouts.org