Twin sisters Aditha and Ashitha Chintapatla will be presented with Scouting’s highest honor in West Richland, WA on February 5th, the Blue Mountain Council, BSA has announced. Aditha and Ashitha are two of the council’s four first female Eagle Scouts.
They are the daughters of Rangaswamy and Sucharitha Chintapatla of West Richland, WA and both girls are members of Troop 219, chartered by Hillspring Church. Their Scout leader is Wendy Cicotte.
In order to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, Aditha and Ashitha each had to earn 21 merit badges and show leadership by planning, developing, and completing a community service project. For their projects, the sisters each made improvements to the temple and surrounding property for the Hindu Society of Eastern Washington in West Richland. Aditha’s project consisted of remodeling the temple’s stage flooring, while Ashitha’s project focused on improving the temple’s outdoor garden and trees. Between the two Scouts, they raised $10,000 to fund the projects. Leftover funds were set aside for other Scouts to complete projects for the temple.
Both girls are Juniors at Richland High School and are active as officers in Key Club, DECA, and National Honor Society, both carrying a cumulative 4.0 GPA. They are also active youth leaders in Balagokulam, which is a Hindu school for youth age 5-18. They are responsible for organizing youth activities for High School age youth. Aditha has aspirations to continue her studies and become a physician, while continuing to expand her interest and hobby with interior design. Ashitha would like to pursue a career in an engineering field, while continuing to further her skills and interest in photography.
The rank of Eagle is earned by less than four percent of all youth who join Scouting. In 2021, 49 boys and girls in the Blue Mountain Council earned the Eagle Scout Award, providing through their Eagle projects alone more than 8,000 hours of service for our communities.
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