Saturday, December 10, 2016

Cypress Creek student earns the Girl Scout Gold Award with Smart Driving Initiative

Madison Garrett, a 12th-grade student at Cypress Creek High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.  The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than five percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.

To earn the award, Garrett hosted a workshop called “In the Blink of an Eye” at Cypress Creek Fire Station #24 and invited the community to learn the dangers of distracted driving. During the workshop, Garrett and her team of volunteers distributed informational materials and gave a presentation on the basics of driving while texting or preoccupied, which was recorded and uploaded to YouTube and the Shattered Lives of Tomball website. The video was also sent to administrators of Cypress Creek High School to share with students. First responders were also invited to give testimonials.

“Because distracted driving claims the lives of more than 30,000 teens, each year, I saw this as an important issue,” said Garrett.  “Through this project, I was able to educate people in my community and potentially save lives.”

Garrett said she also learned how to effectively lead a group of people towards a common goal and how to overcome obstacles when they arise. She also learned that when she is passionate about something, she is willing to work endlessly to educate others and to make a positive change.

“Completing this project and earning the Gold Award was an important capstone to my Girl Scout experience and taught me valuable skills that will carry me into the future,” said Garrett.

Garrett plans to attend Baylor University and study business.

To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit