Johnson reaches Eagle Scout rank

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — On April 26, Matthew H. Johnson of Cumming was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by Boy Scout Troop 457, accepting a certificate and medal.

Troop 457 is located at Midway United Methodist Church, 5025 Atlanta Highway, Alpharetta.

Johnson, a rising sophomore at West Forsyth High School, has been with the Scouts since he was 6 years old. He joined as a Tiger Scout. For his Eagle Scout project, Johnson refurbished the outdoor classroom and butterfly garden at Vickery Creek Elementary School. He led the project and worked closely with garden manager Holly Loveland as well as Assistant Principal Derek Hershey.

Friends, family, troop members and school personnel helped on designated workdays to get the garden back in working order. He also developed a plan for school personnel to use to keep the garden in shape during the school year.

During the ceremony, Johnson was awarded an American flag by his troop that was flown in his honor over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. In addition to the flag, a brick was ordered for Johnson in his honor, to be placed on the Eagle Scout pathway at the BSA Service Center in Jefferson, Georgia.

Johnson is part of West Forsyth’s cross country team and the technology program.

FH 06-18-14