Accolades: Teen completes Eagle Scout project, Locals embark on missions
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Teen’s Eagle Scout project complete

Ryan Mailhot, 14, recently spread a little cheer among the residents of Redbridge with the creation of a community garden.

He created 17 enclosed vegetable garden plots near the entrance to the neighborhood.

“I like to grow plants and I thought that would be nice to do there,” he said.

Assisting in the project were a couple of fellow Scouts, family members and friends. Together, it took them more than 250 hours of work to complete the project, and it didn’t take long for residents to take advantage of their new garden.

“It was fun,” Ryan said. “When we finished it, we came back and we helped plant some fruits and vegetables with someone.”

Ryan is expected to go for his Eagle Scout ranking, the highest in Boy Scouting, in July.

Siblings put education on hold for missions

A brother and sister from Tracy, Devin and Nicole Brown, answered the call to become missionaries this spring and are headed overseas after two months of language training.

Nicole Brown, a 2009 graduate of Tracy High School, arrived in Tokyo on May 8 to serve 18 months at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission there.

She is a few credits from earning her nursing degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Devin Brown also graduated from Tracy High in 2012 and entered Brigham Young University in Provo in the fall to study bioinformatics.

He is learning Estonian at the church’s missionary training center and will leave at the end of the month to serve two years with the church’s Baltic Mission, which covers Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Belarus.

The Browns are the children of longtime Tracy residents Steve Brown, a former missionary to Sweden, and Celeste Brown.

Tracy man to begin missionary training

Kevin Carter, a 2012 graduate of West High School, is following in his parents’ footsteps and beginning his missionary work for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Following his formal training in Provo, Utah, which begins Wednesday, May 22, Carter will perform two years of missionary work at the Idaho Pocatello Mission.

Carter is the son of Aaron Carter, who served as a missionary in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Gail Carter, who was a missionary for 18 months in Adelaide, Australia.

When he returns, he wants to become an emergency medical technician.

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