Girl Scout Ambassador Jillian Ross educated the public on the importance of music education and performed music at assisted living homes and hospitals to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.
“I learned how to uplift the morale of the ill, lonely and discouraged,” says Jillian, a junior at Clements High School.
“My project was inspired by the sudden death of my brother,” explains Jillian. “From being in the hospital, I realized the sadness and depression there for the family and others. I wanted to make sad people feel better.”
For her project, Jillian played the flute and organized performances for more than 200 people at assisted living facilities and hospitals.
The purpose of the performances was to help reduce patients’ stress and anxiety while they healed. She also educated the public on the importance of fine arts charitable foundations such as the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.
“We believe Jillian learned to stay focused and work hard on activities that are important,” says Ralph and Phyllis Ross, Jillian’s parents. “Earning her award was an arduous process, but she never gave up. Playing her flute for sick patients and their families made everybody feel good.”
As an active member of Girl Scouts, Jillian is a national council delegate, vice president of her troop and a member of the Voice. At Clements High School, Jillian is involved in the National Honor Society, student council, the academic speech and debate team and the varsity honors band.
Following graduation, she plans to study biochemistry in college to become a plastic surgeon.