CONYERS -- Rockdale County youth are being celebrated this week for their accomplishment of reaching the highest ranks in the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of America.
The Rockdale County Board of Commissioners signed a proclamation naming Saturday, Feb. 26, as "Eagle Scout and Gold Award Scout Recognition Day" in Rockdale County. The recognition at Tuesday's BOC meeting precedes a banquet Saturday that is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Rockdale County to honor the 26 Eagle and Gold scouts.
Gary Moore, a past president of the Rotary Club and member of the Eagle Scout Review Committee for the Yellow River District of the Metro Atlanta Council of the BSA, said during the BOC presentation that development of new generations of citizens is part of Rotary International's service and is vital to a community.
"This banquet we're having is a way in which we honor the achievements of the young people in our community in which we believe will become fine citizens in the future," Moore said. "As a former Eagle Scout myself, I can tell you that you taking the time out to issue this proclamation and to recognize these young people, to remember ... their efforts now is something they will cherish and carry with them for the balance of their lives."
To achieve the highest award in both the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, a scout must be active in her or his unit, demonstrate the Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath or Promise and the Scout Law in everyday life and honor both the Scout Motto and the Scout Slogan.
The Eagle and Gold Scouts also serve in a unit leadership role and must complete a community service project.
The 18 Eagle Scouts recognized are: Samuel Adam Bevins, James Adam Cofer, James Andrew Philip Delevett, Douglas Lane Dobbs, Brody Kyle Ingram, Aaron J. Johnson, Declan M. Keating-Broyles, David S. Kincaid, Christopher James Milton, Travis James Mumford, Omara Adewale Olok, Tyler Jeffery Ransom, Eric Ronald Richardson, Jacob Andrew Ryan, Andrew John Smith, Nicholas Carlson Walter, Benjamin David Wells and Zachary E. York.
The eight Gold Award Scouts are: Clyssa D. Clingenpeel, Christine Cornett, Elon Davis, Michelle Gerido, Jennifer Gurley, Holliand Hurst, Tricia Olmsted and Tiffany Williams.
The Rotary Club's Eagle Scout and Gold Award Scout Recognition Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall of Salem United Methodist Church, located at 3962 Salem Road, Covington.
As part of the banquet, scouts will be matched with Rotarians and non-Rotarians based upon the Scout's vocational interest.