Advaitha Motkuri will be presented with Scouting’s highest honor, the Eagle Rank, on June 11th at the Hindu Temple of Eastern Washington in West Richland, the Blue Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America has announced.
Advaitha is the daughter of Radha Motkuri of Richland. Advaitha is one of the founding members of Scouts BSA Girls Troop #0219, chartered by Hill Spring Church and one of just a handful of girls to achieve the rank of Eagle in the Blue Mountain Council. Her Scoutmaster is Wendy Cicotte.
To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, Advaitha had to earn 21 merit badges and show leadership by planning, developing, and completing a community service project. For her project, Advaitha built a playground at the Hindu Temple of Eastern Washington in West Richland with donations and help from her community, Scouts BSA troop, family and friends. Her project took 181 hours to complete and now provides a safe place for the families with small children to play during various events held at the temple.
Advaitha attends school at Richland High School, where she is active in Key Club, DECA, Robotics club and the String Orchestra. She was also one of the finalists in the U.S National Chemistry Olympiad and placed in the Regional and State Science and Engineering Fair. Outside of school, she is in U.S World Class Taekwondo, plays the piano and has been learning Indian Carnatic Music for the past 10 years. Advaitha plans to get a 4-year degree in Computer Science/Cybersecurity or Medicine. She is a good, and well-respected Scout.
The rank of Eagle is earned by less than four percent of all youth who join Scouts BSA. In 2021, 49 Girls and Boys in the Blue Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America earned the Eagle Scout Award, providing over 7300 service hours in the community.
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