Jersey Village High School student earns Girl Scouts’ highest honor for literacy efforts, becomes Gold Award Girl Scout

JERSEY VILLAGE – Emily Wussow, a Jersey Village High School sophomore, has become a Gold Award Girl Scout.

The honor 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.

Wussow created an after-school girls book club at the Longhorn Hope Center which serves disadvantaged Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District students. She was inspired by her own personal experience in participating in a summer book club which helped her improve her reading skills and developed her passion for reading.

“My grandmother is a reading interventionist at a local school, so I am aware of the struggles many kids face while learning to read,” said Wussow.

Wussow led more than 10 volunteers in her project which also organized a book drive for the girls to take home books to read and help supplement the Longhorn Hope Center library. The first book the club read was “The Lemonade War” by Jaqueline Davies, and Wussow planned the meetings based on the book. The girls enjoyed book themed snacks, crafts, discussion question, math problems and games inspired by the book.

“At a young age, I set the goal to complete my Gold Award and knew that I wanted to focus my project on inspiring other girls to read just like I had been inspired,” said Wussow. “As my troop and I completed our Bronze and Silver Awards, I saw the positive impact that I could have in my community.”

Wussow hopes to attend Texas A&M University and major in engineering in the future.

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Gold Award Girl Scouts 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.

To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit

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