Gold Award Girl Scouts receive GSWPA honors

GSWPA’s annual Awards of Distinction in May celebrated remarkable women in leadership in Pittsburgh, as well as the accomplishments of two incredible Gold Award Girl Scouts who received the honor of Girl Scout Humanitarian and Girl Scout of Distinction.

Gold Award Girl Scout Charlotte Menke, a senior at Pine-Richland High School, accepted the award for the 2021 Girl Scout Humanitarian for her project: Suicide Prevention & Mental Health: High School/Middle School Mentoring Program. Charlotte’s project combated teen suicide with a peer networking program.

In response to teen suicide in her community, Charlotte created a peer support network to encourage connection over isolation. Her program used Zoom, postcards, and online dialogue to achieve the initiatives of her campaign and connect high schoolers to incoming freshmen.


Gold Award Girl Scout Chintha Kathiresan, a senior at Avonworth High School, accepted the award for the 2021 Girl Scout of Distinction for her project: Hindu Pre-K Educational Resources. Chintha’s project created resources to support the Hindu education of youth in Pittsburgh and nationally.

To reinforce the cultural Hindu lessons taught to two- and five-year-old children attending Sunday School at Chinmaya Mission Pittsburgh, Chintha compiled and created a crafts and activities book with 26 projects that correspond to weekly lessons. This detailed workbook is shared with the three Chinmaya Mission Pittsburgh centers and the other centers across North America.

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