Abhinaya developed an awareness campaign for autism, a growing developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life. Through presentations, e-brochures, Websites and a Facebook page, her project reached more than 25,000 people locally and globally.
"Earning the Gold Award is a great milestone in my Girl Scout journey. I am excited to join the ranks of generations of young women who have made a difference in their communities both locally and globally."
Abhinaya is a Senior at Milton High School. She has held leadership positions with Beta Club, National Honor Society, student council, math and academic bowl teams. She is a finalist for the Governor's Honors Program. She is also a violinist, Indian classical dancer and singer. She earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and has logged over 150 hours of community service during her eight years as a Girl Scout.