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Girl Scout Codes Her Way to Gold Award

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Smita Mohindra, third from left, with Town Councilman, Vishnu Patel, Dr. Ajay Mohindra, Library Director Patricia Hallinan, Head of Children’s Services Marca McClenon, and Dr. Reena Mohindra Credits: Vishnu Patel
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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Smita Mohindra has been awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award for her extensive work in leading the “Coding Made Easy” class at the John C. Hart Memorial Library.

She founded the class in 2015 to teach students how to code in a fun and interactive way. In doing so, she sparked interest and encouraged enthusiasm in the sciences for dozens of younger students. For her contribution to the Girl Scouts, she was invited to speak at their annual Heart of the Hudson Leadership Luncheon and do interviews on Westchester Talk Radio.

Mohindra, who is currently a high school junior, participated at the 54th annual Dutchess County Regional Science Fair in 2013 and competed against 1,700 finalists nationwide, earning her an invitation to the White House, where she was recognized by President Barack Obama. She donated her $1,000 award to the 55th annual Dutchess County Regional Science Fair, ensuring it would be around for another year, so others could have the same opportunity.

Mohindra is the daughter of Dr. Ajay and Dr. Reena Mohindra of Yorktown Heights.

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