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Stephen F. Austin High School grad earns Girl Scouts’ highest honor

August 8, 2018

Komal Panjwani, a Stephen F. Austin graduate, 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. Fewer than 5 percent of Girl Scouts earn the award.

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.

Panjwani organized two workshop events where she educated parents and students about the importance in career diversity. She hopes to make an impact that will promote diversity among career choices as well as positively influence young adults to choose careers that interest them. The first event was an open mic night where dancers performed and a local artist displayed an art gallery. The second event featured three guest speakers, a male elementary school teacher, a female engineer and the runner up at the Miss India America Houston beauty pageant.

“A career is something you will be doing your whole life and working through it with minimal interest may work out for a few years,” Panjwani said. “But since we are all humans, boredom will strike and it will make your life worthless. My project inspires others to fulfill their individual dreams and not see societal beliefs as a boundary.”

Panjwani also created a blog and a Facebook page to further her message of career individualism. According to her, by opening other’s perspectives toward nontraditional jobs, people will feel more comfortable choosing a career they are truly passionate about not just choosing a career out of conventional reasons.

“Showing off your individual talents is something I support, but there was a time in my life where I felt as if being a normal kid like I saw on TV was the correct thing to do,” Panjwani said. “Now I realize following my heart and fulfilling my individual hopes and dreams will make me prosper in the future.”

Panjwani will attend Houston Baptist University and study business management and minor in pre-law.

To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit www.gssjc.org/goldawardgirlscout.

Komal Panjwani, a Stephen F. Austin graduate, has become a Gold Award Girl Scout. She organized two workshop events where she educated parents and students about the importance in career diversity. Panjwani also created a blog and a Facebook page to further her message of career individualism. She hopes to positively influence young adults to choose careers that interest them. To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit www.gssjc.org/goldawardgirlscout.

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