Flowery Branch youth earns rank of Eagle Scout

Chris Lacroix of Troop 534 obtained his Rank of Eagle Scout on Jan. 18. Chris is the son of Raymond Lacroix of Flowery Branch.

Chris's service project consisted of buying international prepaid phone cards for the U.S. Armed Forces. Chris managed to sell $2,625 worth of phone cards, which the Armed Forces were able to use just in time for Christmas. Chris spent over 123 hours on this project.

Snellville resident earns Eagle Scout

Kevin Lee Rucker of Troop 501 obtained his Rank of Eagle Scout on March 15. Kevin is the son of Lee and Jeanne Rucker of Snellville. Kevin's service project entailed the construction and instillation of five benches and the landscaping of an area by McKendree's new education building, planting over 20 shrubs and a tree. The project involved 18 volunteers and over 190 hours of planning and work.

Eight Girl Scouts earn highest honor

Eight young women from Gwinnett County received the Gold Award, the highest Girl Scout honor, from the Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia.

Nourine Ahmed of Lilburn improved the grounds surrounding the Darus-Salaam Masjid Mosque. She attends the Oxford College of Emory University and is a graduate of Parkview High School. Ahmed is the daughter of Swapna and Mohammad Arshad Ahmed.

Jennifer Coklan of Lawrenceville organized a three-part event to collect educational books and supplies for Dresden Elementary School. She is a senior at St. Pius X Catholic High School and the daughter of Margaret and Steven Coklan.

Jasmine Frink of Snellville collected donations for the Gwinnett County Women's Shelter. She attends Georgia State University and attended Shiloh High School. Frink is the daughter of Carolyn and Jerrold Frink.

Christa Kelly of Buford created a reading area for the Gwinnett Children's Shelter. She is a senior at Mill Creek High School and the daughter of Ruth and Steve Kelly.

Rachel Munro of Lilburn hosted a drama day camp at the Boys and Girls Club of Gwinnett. She is a senior at Parkview High School and the daughter of Rebecca and Tim Munro.

Elizabeth Roger of Lilburn painted a mural at the Mountain View Retirement Center in Decatur. She attends the University of Georgia and graduated from Parkview High School. Roger is the daughter of Katherine and James Roger.

Tasnia Tarannum of Lilburn helped renovate the grounds and clean the interior of the Darus-Salaam Masjid Mosque. She attends Georgia State University and graduated from Parkview High School. She is the daughter of Tahmina and Mohammed Abdul Malek.

Leah Thomas of Lilburn created and presented a video designed to dispel the myths about alcohol use to Trickum Middle School students. She is a senior at Parkview High School and the daughter of Ann and Larry Thomas.

In order to receive the Gold Award a Girl Scout must undergo a three to four year process of building leadership, communication skills, and responsibility and complete a 65-hour capstone project that makes a significant difference in the community