Scouting News: Girls Scouts honor award recipients


Courtesy of Danté Bell
Los Altos City Councilwomen Anita Enander and Neysa Fligor celebrate Girl Scouts Gold and Silver award recipients.

Girl Scouts of Northern California Service Unit 608 honored Gold, Silver and Bronze award recipients at the Grant Park Community Center April 28.

Three Girl Scouts earned Gold Awards, the highest award in Girl Scouts, 12 earned Silver Awards and two Junior troops earned Bronze Awards.

The Gold Award recipients and their projects:

 Vedha Mahesh created a program to improve children’s health at a special-needs school in India.

• Kavya Ramamurthy led a group of children in creating an inspirational mural at the Boys and Girls Club in San Mateo.

• Lily Szalay designed and built a Golden Gate Bridge-themed house for the goats at Animal Assisted Happiness in Sunnyvale.

Silver Award recipients and their projects:

• Amanda Backholm and Isabel Schmidtke set up and led a robotics class for fifth- and sixth-graders at Oak Avenue School.

• Aria Chatterjee sewed pillowcases for patients at Stanford Children’s Hospital.

• Cassidy Hatch and Sophia Smith built two Little Free Libraries and filled them with books for children and families.

• Makena Hatch developed marketing materials and an informational video for Keyara’s Gift, a nonprofit organization helping children in Liberia.

• Medha Mukherjee planned and ran an event at the Sunnyvale Public Library in which children wrote and illustrated their own storybooks.

• Andrea Muliawan collected yarn donations, led a team to knit 47 scarves and donated the scarves to Community Services Agency in Mountain View to distribute to homeless and low-income clients.

• Peri Plantenberg created the Beautification Club at Montclaire Elementary School to pick up litter at the school.

• Nisha Sanjeevan and Grace Szalay designed and built housing for rabbits at Animal Assisted Happiness in Sunnyvale.

• Allison Teo founded the Environmentalists Club at Blach Intermediate School to spread awareness about and take action on issues concerning the environment.

Bronze Award troops and their projects:

• Twenty-one girls in Troop 60402 created fliers and educational presentations about the risks of vaping, and gave their presentations at local schools.

• Ellie Davidson, Annika Lundmark and Hatty Steele of Troop 61169 created posters, fliers and a website to teach children and adults how to prepare for a pet emergency.

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