Pleasanton Weekly

News - June 25, 2010

5 Girl Scouts awarded top honors for helping others

Gold Award is highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

by Brittany Hersh

Five Girl Scouts received their Gold Award, a feat only one percent of all Girl Scouts achieve and is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

Laura Wilson, leader of Pleasanton Girl Scout Troop 32314, said the Scouts were presented Gold Award pins in at a ceremony held June 12.

The girls are Casey Mensinger, Ellen Wilson, Swathi Narahari, Megha Jain and Emily Truax.

Foothill High School juniors Mensinger and Wilson organized a Latin American awareness fair for their fellow Girl Scouts and the Tri-Valley community. The pair collected new t-shirts, socks and shoes to donate to Hogar Miguel Magone, a Guatemalan orphanage. The orphanage used the proceeds buy an industrial pressure cooker.

In addition, the girls made 100 sling bags and traveled to the Guatemala to volunteer at the institution.

Narahari and Jain, also juniors at Foothill, hosted an Indian cultural event where the earnings were used to purchase an ophthalmic chair for a non-profit organization called Share in Mediciti Hospital, India. The girls then traveled to Hyderabad, India to educate rural people about proper hygiene and eye care.

Last October, Amador Valley High School junior Truax coordinated a recycling drop-off and environmental awareness fair called "Go Green in Pleasanton." It was supported by the city of Pleasanton, the school district and Pleasanton Garbage Services.

Through Truax's efforts, a total of 10,000 pounds of waste was collected and $322 was donated to the school district's environmental fund. Toiletries were given to "Clothing of the Homeless Vets," an Alameda County organization and, through the Foothill Optometric Group, Truax was able to provide eyeglasses for the needy in Mexico.

Mensinger, Wilson, Narahari and Truax are all members of Ambassador Troop 32314 and Jain is a member of Ambassador Troop 32477.

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