2017-05-30 / Front Page

Putnam County girl earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Indianapolis, IN – Whitney Weinschenk has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. Weinschenk will receive her award during Girl Scouts of Central Indiana’s Girls of Distinction ceremony at the Marriott in Indianapolis on Saturday, June 17.

Weinschenk’s Girl Scout Gold Award project focused on skin cancer awareness for athletes. Weinschenk, a three-sport athlete, constructed three sun shelters at Dee S. Monnett Soccer Fields so that athletes, coaches, and officials could be protected from the harmful effects of prolonged exposure to the sun. Community members, local businesses and organizations donated funds and/ or sweat equity to build the shelters. Weinschenk also enlisted the help of Putnam County Hospital, Greencastle Parks and Recreation Department, and the Franciscan Alliance to install, and maintain, sunscreen dispensers in community parks and walking trails.

Weinschenk also collaborated with Hendricks Regional Hospital on a presentation about skin cancer prevention at Greencastle High School’s annual All Sports Rally. Weinschenk is a senior at Greencastle High School. Her parents are Rod and Staci Weinschenk.

About the Girl Scout Gold Award

Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers. They are our future, and it looks bright!

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