Sugar Land Girl Scout Earns National Service Award

Katie Hyde.

Katie Hyde.

Katie Hyde, a senior at Logos Preparatory Academy in Sugar Land, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor in Girl Scouting. The award recognizes girls in grades nine 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, Hyde built eight sets of horse jumps for the therapeutic riding program at Southern Breeze Equestrian Center. As part of her project, she met with the equestrian center manager, designed the horse jumps, shopped for wood and supplies and solicited donations from two local area hardware stores.

Hyde’s team consisted of more than 17 people, including 10 employees from Lowe’s who helped construct the horse jumps during a summer workday. Hyde is an active member of Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s (GSSJC) horse program and is also a member of the council’s parade team where she represents Girl Scouts while on horseback.

“I love spending time with and riding my horse, so I wanted others to have that same opportunity, despite any physical or mental challenges they might have,” said Hyde. “Earning my Gold Award taught me about leadership and serving my community, especially since this was the 100 year anniversary of the Gold Award.”

After graduating this spring, Hyde will attend Texas A&M University to major in animal science and minor in wildlife and fisheries management.