Local graduates from Youth Challenge

Alison Lincoln of Dacula is among 197 youth who graduated from the Fort Stewart Youth Challenge Program at Macon City Auditorium on June 20. The military styled program provides teens with the opportunity to complete basic academic courses leading to a high school diploma or a GED.

Brookwood junior earns rank of Eagle Scout

Clark Davis, a junior at Brookwood High School, earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Troop 519 and is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lilburn. Davis' project consisted of a wetland restoration which is part of a large-scale effort to protect a drinking water supply. He entered the scouting program in elementary school and received 22 merit badges as well as the Arrow of Light and Duty to God Awards. He is the son of Boyd and Julie Davis.

Gwinnett teen wins state beauty pageant

Madison Rutherford, a student at Collins Hill High School, was recently crowned the 2009 Miss Georgia Junior Teen at the National American Miss Pageant held in July at the Hilton Hotel in Atlanta. Rutherford will travel to Anaheim, Calif., in November to represent Georgia in the national pageant. In addition to Miss Georgia Junior Teen, Rutherford also won Best Resume, the Volunteer Service Award and Top Model.

Rutherford is the daughter of Lisa and Jim Rutherford. She is a member of 12 Stone Church in Suwanee and is involved with varsity basketball cheerleading and student government at her school. She recently completed her second year in the summer VolunTeen program at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Loganville resident brings home international crown

Kayla Watson, a student at Loganville High School, was recently crowned the International Junior Teen at the Chapin Theatre in Orlando, Fla. As International Junior Teen, Watson will travel throughout the country this year and appear in print ads in national magazines.

Watson is president of Queens for a Cure, a statewide organization that unites pageant queens to raise money for the American Cancer Society, and is involved in competition cheerleading at her school.

Gwinnett youth earn ranks of Eagle Scout

John Elvis Kral has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is the son of John and Maria Kral of Buford and a member of Troop 594 chartered by Calvary Chapel. He completed his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project by designing, planning and supervising the formation of a 28-foot retaining wall at Calvary Chapel to curb an ongoing erosion problem. The project took approximately 139 hours to complete. He has been a Scout for nine years.

Aaron Christopher Penn has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is the son of Scott and Nancy Penn of Buford and a member of Troop 503 chartered by Trinity Christian Fellowship Church. He completed his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project by planning and providing leadership for a landscaping project on an undeveloped parcel of land belonging to Trinity Christian Fellowship.

Clark Davis, a junior at Brookwood High School, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Troop 519 sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lilburn. He completed his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project by cleaning and restoring the Big Haynes Wetland area in Gwinnett County.