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Twelve Gwinnett Scouts earn top honors for projects

Of 79 young women honored statewide for Girl Scouting's highest achievement, 12 hail from Gwinnett County.

Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 are eligible to earn the Gold Award by completing a project that fulfills a need within each girl's community.

According to a news release from Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, the process to design, plan, implement and evaluate a project must take at least 65 hours, "usually much more."

Local girls who received the Gold Award included Catherine Barrow of Duluth, who created a video on the recent history of her hometown. She is the daughter of Eileen and Robert Barrow. She has been a Girl Scout for nine years and graduated from Faith Academy.

Haley Bollinger of Lilburn graduated from Parkview High School. Bollinger collected and cataloged more than 1,000 children's books, workbooks and movies to donate to three organizations in need. She is the daughter of Bonita and Larry Bollinger. She has been in Girl Scouts for 13 years.

Casey Brown of Duluth created a quiet area for a nonprofit organization providing therapeutic horse-assisted activities for developmentally disabled children and adults. She is the daughter of Jane and Rich Brown. She has been a Girl Scout for 10 years and graduated from Duluth High School.

Gretchen Cormack of Lawrenceville started a reading program to benefit the after-school students at her local YMCA. The daughter of Michelle and Todd Cormack, she has been a Girl Scout for 13 years and is a rising senior at Brookwood High School.

Aliyah Gilenson of Suwanee taught young girls equestrian safety, riding styles, tacking, grooming and fashion. The daughter of Wendy and Alan Gilenson, Aliyah has been a Girl Scout for 13 years and graduated from North Gwinnett High School.

Laura Goodwin of Suwanee tutored a child in reading to help him get caught up with the rest of his class. She also collected and donated school supplies to the Department of Family and Children Services. The daughter of Lee and John Goodwin, Laura has been a Girl Scout for 11 years. She is a 2010 graduate of Collins Hill High School.

Collier Lewis of Duluth created displays and educated her community about the symptoms and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. The daughter of Marzettia and Herbert Lewis, she has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and is a 2010 graduate of Duluth High School.

Allie Schureck of Lilburn renovated the community room in her subdivision, so that various groups would have a meeting place. The daughter of Therese and John Schureck, she has been a Girl Scout for 13 years and graduated from Brookwood High School.

Caroline Walker of Lilburn created a running club at R.D. Head Elementary School for fourth- and fifth- grade students. The daughter of Anne and Scott Walker, she has been a Girl Scout for 13 years and graduated from Brookwood High School.

Janecia Williams of Stone Mountain held a talent showcase to address child prostitution and child trafficking concerns in the Atlanta area. The daughter of Marcia and Charles Williams, she has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and is a 2011 graduate of Chamblee Charter High School.

Kathleen Wilson of Buford created personal aid kits for earthquake victims in Haiti. The daughter of Kay and Martin Wilson, she has been a Girl Scout for 14 years and is a 2010 graduate of North Gwinnett High School.

Genevieve Wright of Buford worked with a media specialist at her school to create a library of books on tape for students with learning disabilities. The daughter of Marie and Delmar Wright, she has been a Girl Scout for 14 years and is a 2010 graduate of Mountain View High School.

According to the news release, each project "requires significant skills in project planning, communication, time management, presentation, delegation, interpersonal relationships, networking and leadership."

Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta has more than 42,000 young women in its membership and 18,000 adults who are members as well.

For more information, call 800-771-4046, or visit www.gsgatl.org.