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Going for gold
Eighteen Gwinnett residents achieve highest honor in Girl Scouts

LAWRENCEVILLE - Eighteen Gwinnett County Girl Scouts have grabbed the gold.

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement awarded in Girl Scouting, is given to girls who complete extensive service projects in their communities. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the equivalent to Boy Scouts of America's Eagle Scout rank. The following Gwinnett residents recently received the Girl Scout Gold Award presented by the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta:

· Kelsey Bates of Lilburn, the daughter of Burneele and Phil Bates, collected donations and made supplies for Georgia Mentor and the foster families and children the program serves.

· Rachael Bennett of Grayson cleaned the garden at Minor Elementary School to create an outdoor classroom. She is the daughter of Karen and Gerry Bennett.

· Sarah Brannon of Norcross, the daughter of Carol Ann and Mark Brannon, formed a group at her church called HeartSearch, which paired girls in middle school with a high school girl mentor.

· Lilburn resident Elizabeth Charter, the daughter of Kelli and William Charter, held a toy drive for children at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

· Janna Cleveland of Lilburn made 200 gifts for senior citizens at her church and at a local nursing home. She is the daughter of Janice and Joseph Cleveland.

· Brittany Crowe of Lilburn, the daughter of Dawn Geren and Brian Crowe, collected toiletry donations for teens in foster care.

· Hannah Frankel of Snellville, the daughter of Martha Whitman and Larry Frankel, helped preschool children grow a garden to encourage them to eat healthy and spend more time outdoors.

· Lawrenceville resident Sophie Fredericksen, the daughter of Lisa and Daniel Fredericksen, collected food and supplies for the Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry.

· Alex Humphrey of Norcross built six cat trees for FurKids, a local animal shelter. She is the daughter of Dianna and Stephen Peet.

· Maegan Loudermilk of Sugar Hill, the daughter of Donna and Donald Loudermilk, cleaned the Sawnee Campground on Lake Lanier.

· Ashlee Murray of Lawrenceville, the daughter of Maxine Greene and Michael Murray, cleaned the children's playroom and created a library from donated books at the Gwinnett County Department of Family and Children's Services.

· Lilburn resident Elizabeth Olivares, the daughter of Dawn and Paul Olivares, built bird and owl houses for the Len Foote Hike Inn.

· Kristina Pascutti of Lilburn handmade 50 fleece blankets for the Lilburn Cooperative Ministries. She is the daughter of Barb and Paul Pascutti.

· Sadie Schureck of Lilburn, the daughter of Therese and John Schureck, collected supplies for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

· Morgan Taylor-Burns of Lawrenceville, the daughter of Audrey and Michael Burns, created a project to teach metro-Atlanta Girl Scouts about the history and contributions of African-Americans in Girl Scouting.

· Ally Ward of Lilburn, the daughter of Stephanie and Chris Ward, made boxes of supplies for victims of commercial sexual exploitation and renovated a community building for Alert! Atlanta.

· Carly Welch of Lilburn, the daughter of Ellen and Marc Welch, created a nature trail for campers at Camp Twin Lakes, a nonprofit organization that offers year-round therapeutic programming for children facing serious illnesses.

· Lauren Winston of Lawrenceville taught children in Ensenada, Mexico, Bible lessons and helped construct facilities for the families in the area. She is the daughter of Sue and Mandell Winston.