Two local Girl Scouts recently earned their Gold Awards.
Caroline Jones, of Wendell, and Desiree Helbig, of Zebulon, earned the distinction, which is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
Jones is the daughter of Chris and Amie Jones of Wendell. She completed a Gold Award project which involved providing swimming and water safety lessons to area children. She also created a phamphlet for parents with tips on how to keep their children safe around water.
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Helbig is the daughter of Darcie and the late Charles Helbig of Zebulon. Her Gold Award project centered around healthy food choices. She taught several culinary classes at the Zebulon Boys& Girls Club using healthy foods and she left students with receipes and cookbooks they could take home to their families. Helbig also planned and planted a garden at the clubhouseand taught the students how to maintain it.
Both Scouts are members of Troop 331.
Local woman publishes book
Felicia Lucas, of Wendell, has had her first book published. Titled “Make it Happen: Moving Towards Your Best U!”, the book uses personal experiences from Lucas’ own life to examine how one can grow in their spiritual, professional and personal life.
The book is available through Amazon at amazon.com.
National Merit honor
Megan Faircloth, a senior at East Wake High School, has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program. Faircloth is one of about 34,000 students across the country being recognized for exceptional academic promise. Commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition.