Torrey Pines High School students Christine Collins, Meera Kota, Priyanka Paintal, and Jessica Williams have earned their Girl Scout Gold Awards – the organization’s highest honor – for their outstanding leadership and commitment to taking action in their community.

For her Gold Award project, Christine founded an animal care club to advocate for animal welfare. Meera created an online spiritual class for children who follow the teachings of Shri Sathya Sai Baba but grew up in urban areas and don’t have access to a spiritual center. Priyanka raised awareness about homelessness. Her campaign included surveys, a newspaper article, and school presentations. Jessica formed a speech and debate club where middle schools developed their confidence and public speaking skills with guidance from older students.

Christine, Meera, Priyanka, and Jessica are among 43 girls in San Diego and Imperial Valley who earned the Gold Award this year.