Two Parkview students to be honored at state rifle championship

Parkview High School JROTC Rifle Team members Elizabeth Olivares and Melissa Quartarone will be recognized at the state rifle championships in Fort Benning for finishing the season with two of the highest top 10 averages in the state.

Brookwood dance department to perform at festival

The Brookwood High School Dance Department was one of 12 programs chosen to perform at the ninth National High School Dance Festival. The dance team performed a piece titled "Intricacies" choreographed by senior Katie Fletcher and performed by Fletcher, Lauren Ring, Sydney Brunelle, Nicole Ranieri and Mallory Retter. The piece was chosen out of 165 performances from 74 schools across the U.S., Canada and Australia.

Duluth students honored at state Mock Trial

The Duluth High School Mock Trial Team competed in the Gwinnett Region of the State Mock Trial Championship against 15 other Georgia schools. The following students received individual awards: Kameron Dawson was admitted to the Student State Bar of Georgia, Roger Ou was admitted to the Student Bar with honors, Lexi Anderson and Kameron Dawson each received an Outstanding Attorney Award at State and Kayla McKenzie received an Outstanding Witness Award.

Brookwood junior earns Eagle Scout

Brandon Clay of Troop 566 which is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, earned his Eagle Scout award on Oct. 27. Brandon is the son of Kent and Terilyn Clay of Snellville.

Clay's Project involved supervising and building 50 artificial fish habitats for Fort Yargo State Park's lake. The habitats were dropped into the lake at Fort Yargo to help boost the fish population and cut down on expenses for the park. Over 20 volunteers and nearly 110 hours of work made the project a success.

He has earned 30 total merit badges and has served as his troop's senior patrol leader and scribe.

Lawrenceville teen earns Eagle Scout

Brandon Lewis Craig of Troop 554 earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Sept. 29. Brandon is the son of Perry L. and Mica Craig and grandson of Bonnie Craig and the late Dianne Land. He is a senior at The Cottage School in Roswell. Troop 554 is chartered by First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville.

Craig built a prayer garden and walkway just outside the cemetery at New Hope United Methodist Church. The project took over 150 hours and over 15 different scouts and adults participated in the construction. All materials were donated and were valued over $600.

Craig earned 32 merit badges. He is an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 554.

Collins Hill students earn Eagle Scout

David Alan Craft of Suwanee of Boy Scout Troop 575 acquired the rank of Eagle Scout on Sept. 29. Craft chose to build seven Adirondack benches for the First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville's Campground. Over his scouting career, David earned over 21 merit badges.

Nicholas Baxter Pouncey of Troop 501 at McKendree United Methodist Church in Lawrenceville received his Eagle Scout rank on Nov. 17. Nicholas is the son of Melanie and Jon Pouncey of Lawrenceville and the grandson of Melba M. Christie of Paragould, Ariz., and G.B. Pouncey of Memphis, Tenn.

Nick's project consisted of building six wood duck boxes and four trash receptacles and installing them at the Mill Creek Nature Center which is part of the Georgia Wildlife Federation. The duck boxes will help to raise local populations and ensure that visitors to the area can enjoy these interesting creatures. The trash receptacles will enforce the scout's "leave no trace rule" and will aid in keeping the new area clean for all to enjoy. The project took seven work days and over 209 hours to complete. He has earned 30 merit badges.

Christian Fulton Knox Sutherland of Troop 511 at Rock Springs United Methodist Church received his Eagle Scout Award on Oct. 27.

Sutherland's project consisted of creating a bluebird habitat at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center. He researched the issues facing the Eastern Bluebird and consulted with the Horticultural Department at Gwinnett Tech to come up with a list of plants that would not only be native to Georgia but also be a draw to the Eastern Bluebird. Sutherland raised more than $800. This money was used to purchase trees that would feed the Eastern Bluebird throughout each season and entice them to this area. His Eagle project took 160 hours to complete.

Norcross teen earns Eagle Scout

Alan Blinder of Troop 525 at Simpsonwood United Methodist Church received the Eagle Award on April 19. Blinder is the son of David and Sally Binder of Norcross. He is a senior at Greater Atlanta Christian School.

Blinder's service project consisted of an 11 minute DVD presentation for the Gwinnett County Public Schools on pediatric stroke, the sixth leading cause of death in children. Russ Spencer of WAGA narrates the presentation, which features Senator Saxby Chambliss, Dr. Salina Waddy of Emory University's Department of Neurology, a high school science teacher, and a high school student. Dr. Rebecca Ichord, who directs the Pediatric Stroke Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia served as a consultant for the film. Blinder also served as a chairman of the Campaign for Miracles on 34th Street at Greater Atlanta Christian School. He has earned 34 merit badges.

Blinder will attend the University of Alabama on a full academic scholarship beginning this fall, and will serve as a University Fellow.

New minister of music at Norcross church

Norcross First United Methodist Church's new minister of music is Andrew Bayles. He received a master's degree in music from Georgia State University. Bayles completed his undergraduate study at Millikin University and has studied piano and voice.