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Oak Cliff Native Kenedi Houston Reflects on Girl Scouts and Michelle Obama’s Becoming Me Program


Kenedi Houston, Girl Scout alumna and Oak Cliff native, has experienced firsthand the transformational effect of Girl Scouts. From selling 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies her first year as a Daisy to earning her Silver Award for recycling and reducing landfill waste, she credits 12 years of Girl Scouts for her resilience, confidence, and communication skills. “There’s no one way to be a Girl Scout,” she says. “We’re world-changers; we’re going to do big things.”

She reflects on her personal experience of interacting with former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama as Girl Scouts councils around the country roll out the Becoming Me program. In December 2018, Kenedi represented the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas onstage at Michelle Obama’s Becoming book chat. “I remember being nervous and confident,” Kenedi smiles. “Her fortitude inspires me. I appreciated hearing her life story; how teachers didn’t always believe in her but her family always supported her.” While Kenedi and Mrs. Obama didn’t speak, Mrs. Obama wrote her an encouraging note afterward, forever becoming an inspiration to Kenedi.

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