Hunter Thomas Beasley, age 17, son of Joe and Andrea Beasley of Buford GA, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was awarded the Eagle Scout Rank on March 25th, 2017.
Hunter’s Eagle Scout project was the Community Garden Food Bank Plot Restoration. Lanier Community Garden is located at 2547 Buford Dam Road, Buford, GA, 30518 on the Gwinnett County property of the Lanier Water Filter Plant. They sponsor two Food Bank Plots 46 & 50 located in the garden, which are maintained by volunteer gardeners. All vegetables grown in the Food Bank Plots are donated directly to the North Gwinnett Food Cooperative Ministries in Buford, GA.
Rabbits have been eating the vegetables and decreasing the amount of food donated to the Food Bank. The two plots were in need of maintenance, improvements, and fencing to keep out the rabbits. Hunter’s project entailed building a fence around the plots and entry gate with arbor and sign noting Food Bank Plots, removing old and adding new 2x4's around each bed, and building a cabinet for donations with directions on how-to contribute and details about the Food Bank Donations.
Hunter, a Senior who attends Lanier High School, has earned 44 merit badges and is an active member of Troop 598 of the American Legion Post 127 in Buford GA. He has earned the following awards while at Lanier High School:
- Bill Well's "Big Horn" Leadership Award Football 2016
-Gwinnett County's Most Positive Football Athlete Regional Winner 2015-2016
- Lanier High School Academic Plaque
- National Society of High School Scholars
- National Honor Society
- National Spanish Honor Society
- Beta Club
- Lanier High School Student Leadership Team
- Lanier High School Student Athlete Leadership Team
- Lanier High School Varsity Football Team
- Manager, Lanier High School Girls Varisty Soccer Team
- Volunteer Assistant Football Coach, Lanier Longhorns 7-Year Old's Rec-League Football Team
- Participated in Christmas Day Volunteer to Feed/Clothe the Homeless in Downtown Atlanta and pack backpacks for the underprivileged
Thomas Christopher Stone, age 17, son of Roberta and Tony Brown of Buford and Paul Stone, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was awarded the Eagle Scout Rank on February 18th, 2017. Thomas worked with beneficiary, Christian Library International (CLI) representative, Trish Cummings, on a plan to design and install bookshelves for CLI's warehouse space in Buford GA. This organization, headquartered in Raleigh, NC, distributes Christian media to prisoners in Georgia and throughout the country through their chaplains. Thomas and his family learned of CLI right after they moved their Georgia location to Buford, when their church, Sugar Hill Church, partnered with CLI in the Spring of 2016. After Thomas and his family helped paint the new space he asked to do more for them by building bookshelves. Their new space was void of any furnishings so the new addition would allow them to more efficiently coordinate the receipt, sorting, storage and distribution of said media. The design plan consisted of one 24' x 2' wall unit and two 4' x 8' units to stand perpendicular to the wall. Thomas with the help of 31 volunteers and 233 hours of work, transformed their new space.
Thomas, who attends Lanier High School graduating in May of 2017, plans to study Science and Engineering in his post-secondary education. Thomas is a member of Troop 1534, chartered by Sugar Hill United Methodist Church. He has earned 25 merit badges and has served as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, and Quartermaster Troop 1534 of Sugar Hill GA.
Walker Everette Greene age 17 of Sugar Hill, Georgia and son of Rodney and Shelby Greene has earned the rank of Eagle Scout on December 17, 2016. Walker attends North Gwinnett High School and is a Junior. His experience volunteering at the Georgia Mountain Food Bank led Walker to become interested in doing his Eagle project there. He devised and implemented a plan to enlarge and improve the food bank's on-site community garden. With a group of about 20 volunteers, he was able to expand the garden by adding additional beds, deer fencing, and soil amendments. The garden, planted this year by the Gainesville Jaycees, provides fresh produce for agency distribution and it also serves as an educational tool to teach about food, nutrition and cultivation.
Seth is a member of Troop 513, chartered by Sugar Hill Church and has earned 29 merit badges. He has served his troop as patrol leader, quartermaster and troop librarian. Walker has earned the Triple Crown of National High Adventure award by participating in adventure programs at a Northern Tier High Adventure Base, Philmont Scout Ranch, and Florida National High Adventure Sea Base. Walker is also a member of the Canantutlaga Chapter of the OA. Congratulations to Seth and thank you for his contribution to the community.
Seth Thomas Bielstein, age 17 of Lawrenceville, GA and son to Lisa Givens and William Bielstein has earned the rank of Eagle Scout on November 19, 2016. Seth is home schooled is a senior. The service project that Seth choose came about from doing volunteer work at The Hope Assisted Living Center in Dacula, Georgia. He had seen the need to enhance the lives of the residents by adding wheelchair accessible height planter boxes to the courtyards. The boxes are unique in that they were made from donated recycled wood pallets. It took all of the wood from one complete pallet to construct one complete planter box. The use of the recycled wood helped to preserve the environment and save money needed on the project also. There are four identical courtyards with a pergola located within each one, the planter boxes were placed at each of the four posts of those pergola's, 16 boxes, filled with colorful and vibrant plants. The residents enjoy their time outside tending to the plants in the boxes and hope to plant more flowers and vegetables as seasons change. Planting is great therapy for the elderly, it brings them hope, sense of accomplishment and enjoyment.
Seth is a member of Troop 595, chartered by VFW Post 5255 and has earned 40 merit badges. He has served his troop as Quarter Master, Assistant SPL and Senior Patrol Leader. Congratulations to Seth and thank you for his contribution to the community.
Noah Phillips, age 18 of Sugar Hill Georgia and son to Jeff and Shannon Menz also of Sugar Hill Georgia, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout on October 22, 2013. Noah, who attends the Lanier High School as a Senior, organized and led a flag retirement ceremony in coordination with the American Legion Post 127 on Flag Day, June 14, 2016. Noah reported, “This ceremony taught younger scouts and citizens the proper way to dispose of an American flag respectfully, and also allowed citizens and veterans to participate in an event that shows their patriotism as well.” Noah and his team gathered over 200 flags and helped to retire over 400 flags. Noah is a contributing member of Troop 533 earning 31 merit badges so far and serving as the Senior Patrol Leader in his highest position. Congratulations to Noah Phillips and his parents. Thank you for his contribution to the community.
Brandon Taylor Kennedy, son of Patricia Kennedy of Monroe Georgia, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout on September 24, 2016. Brandon, who is a graduate of Grayson High School, worked with Grace Baptist Church in Monroe Georgia. He discovered the need for benches at the church and decided that for his Eagle Scout project he would pursue this. Brandon built three benches as well as leveling an area installing paving stones. Additionally, Brandon placed two flower containers filling them with flowers for the Church. As a member of Troop 56, Brandon has earned 21 merit badges. Congratulations to Brandon Kennedy and thank you for his contribution to the community.
Jerry Chadwick “Chad” Baker, III, son of Jerry and Charity Baker of Covington Georgia, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout on September 24, 2016. Chad, a senior at Walnut Grove High School, worked with the Monastery of the Visitation in Snellville Georgia for his Eagle Award project. Chad worked with a team to remove a 50 year old entrance sign replacing it with a new High Density Urethane (HDU) sign and raised stone bed. Additionally, Chad worked to clear a large overgrown
prayer area at the rear of the Monastery. Chad, who is a member of Troop 598 chartered by American Legion Post 127 in Buford Georgia, has served as Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Chaplain’s Aid and has earned 25 merit badges. Congratulations to Chad Baker on his accomplishment and thank you for his contribution to our community.
Andrew Imig, age 17, son of Greg and Holli Imig of Suwanee has earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was awarded the Eagle Scout Rank on June 25, 2016. Andrew, a former student of Level Creek Elementary School in Suwanee, knew that he wanted to give back to the school. He met with the Principal, Mr. Skelton, and discussed several projects ideas. In Andrew’s discussion with Mr. Skelton, “He had seen these benches at an area park and suggested the benches that we created and installed." Andrew and his Troop, 513 out of Sugar Hill and chartered by Sugar Hill Church, built 6 wooden benches for students outside of Level Creek Elementary School in the posterior waiting area. When the project was completed, Andrew said that he felt positive about the project because, “I knew that the kids would be happy using the benches”. Andrew also plays trumpet in the North Gwinnett Marching Band where he will be a section leader, plays in the jazz band, Co-president of the German Club, a member of Beta Club and the Science National Honor's Society. He is a member of McKendree United Methodist Church and is active in the youth group. Andrew has earned 37 merit badges and has served as Patrol Leader and Librarian for Troop 513.
Brandon Andrew Gomez, age 18 son of Joyce and Andrew Gomez of Snellville has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was awarded the Eagle Scout Rank on November 21, 2015. He is a member of Troop 593 chartered by Lawrenceville Church of God. Brandon's Eagle project consisted of building nine props for the Snellville Arts Commission, a committee of the Snellville City Council and a non profit 501(c)3 agency. These props will be used to put on performances for the community, starting with the Snellville Ghost Tours. It consisted of building a trellis, a bench, 3 display flats, 3 crates, and a magician's box. These items will allow the SAC to greatly add to this and future productions and to expand the performances they create to teach about the history and culture of Snellville for all to enjoy. It will also create new stations for aspiring community actors to perform and draw community involvement in the arts. Brandon is a senior at Grayson High School and has earned 44 meritbadges. He has held the following troop Leadership Positions Chaplain Aide and Den Chief.
Jarrod Thomas Henderson, age 18, son of Todd and Bobbie Ann Henderson of Lawrenceville has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He was awarded the Eagle Scout Rank on November 21, 2015. He is a member of Troop 575 chartered by McKendree United Methodist Church. Jarrod's Eagle project involved clearing, grading and installing a fenced area to provide storage for the Peachtree Ridge High School band trailers and large equipment. It protects them from vandalism. The Eagle Project raised over $1,565 and provided over 228.50 service hours to benefit the school. Jarrod is a senior at Peachtree Ridge High School and has earned 53 merit badges. He has held the following troop Leadership Positions SPL, ASPL, OA Rep, Troop Guide and Quartermaster.