Three local Girl Scouts have earned the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Here's what they did for their projects:
Sadhana Anantha of Cary created a science lab to educate pre-teens about diverse diagnostic tests used to identify various diseases such as Ebola. She conducted a simulation activity during which she used a mock ELISA test to demonstrate how to diagnose the Ebola virus. Additionally, she created a laboratory notebook containing details about her project and interactive activities.
Sadhana was inspired to create her project as an effort to generate interest in science, particularly clinical science, among youth.
Sadhana is the daughter of Vani Yalamanchili and Srinivas Anantha and is a senior at Enloe High School. She is in Troop 418 led by Brenda Monforti and Annie Omotosho.
Rachel Hopkins of Raleigh produced a short film about the rapid extinction of amphibian species. She was inspired to create her project as an effort to generate awareness about the disappearance of amphibians.
Rachel is the daughter of Sam and Pamela Hopkins and is a senior at Durham Academy. She is in Troop 1032 led by Michelle Graves.
Allison Renke of Cary
worked with Wake County Public School counselors to promote bullying prevention amongst female elementary school students. She conducted a PowerPoint presentation detailing signs of bullying and prevention strategies. In addition, she also conducted empowerment activities.
Renke was inspired to create her project as an effort to generate awareness about bullying in elementary schools. “I hope this project helps them build self-esteem and promote a respectful school environment,” she said.
Allison is the daughter of Robert and Paula Renke and is a senior at Green Hope High School. She is in Troop 1799, which is led by Samantha Herring.