Students Win Top Scouting Honor

Four Foothill students have achieved the highest award in scouting -- the Gold Award presented by the Girl Scouts of the USA.

The Gold Award is on par with the more familiar Eagle Scout award given to Boy Scouts. Only a fraction of scouts, girls or boys, achieve these stellar achievements.

Students recognized with the Gold Award this summer are seniors Ellen Wilson and Casey Mensinger, Megha Jain and Swathi Narahari. The awards were presented in June at a private ceremony.

Girl Scouts trying to attain the Gold Award must develop a service project that fulfills a need within a community, creates change and may even become an ongoing project for the scout.

Ellen and Casey chose to help the Hogar Miguel Magone orphanage for boys in the rural town of Mixco, Gautemala. The girls' project included a Latin American awareness event. They collected donations of clothing and school supplies, as well as cash donations to buy an industrial-sized pressure cooker for the orphanage. The girls traveled to Gautemala to visit the orphanage and deliver supplies. Click here for a full story on the girls' project.

Megha and Swathi hosted an Indian cultural event and raised money to buy an ophthalmic chair for the non-profit group SHARE of MediCiti Institute of Medical Sciences in India. The girls traveled to Hyderabad, India, to educate rural people about proper hygiene and eye care.

Congratulations to Ellen, Casey, Megha and Swathi for their outstanding achievements!

Posted Monday, August 30, 2010

Girl Scout Gold Award recipients Megha Jain, Emily Truax (Amador), Casey Mensinger, Swathi Narahari and Ellen Wilson.
Photo courtesy of the Wilson family