Cary Girl Scout Sadhana Anantha was named a 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction.
Each year, 10 exceptionally inspiring Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are selected as National Young Women of Distinction by the national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA. These girls have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and accomplished measurable and sustainable impact through their Gold Award project.
For her project, Sadhana created a science lab, including a simulation activity, to educate pre-teens about tests used to identify diseases such as Ebola. Her lab is now a permanent exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science and is being used to create similar simulations for the Zika virus.
Sadhana is the daughter of Vani Yalamanchili and Srinivas Anantha and a 2016 National Merit Scholar.
Each of the recipients was invited to speak about her project at a celebratory luncheon at a national leadership meeting Philadelphia. In addition, the Kappa Delta Foundation provides a combined $50,000 in college scholarships to honor Girl Scouts’ National Young Women of Distinction, reflecting Kappa Delta’s commitment to girls’ leadership and pursuit of education.