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by Noreen Cochran
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Special Photo. Fairburn resident and Langston Hughes High School senior Jocques Ross Jr., 17, in Washington.
Special Photo. Fairburn resident and Langston Hughes High School senior Jocques Ross Jr., 17, in Washington.
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Fairburn resident and Langston Hughes High School senior Jocques Ross Jr., 17, was one of nine Boy Scouts from across the U.S. who presented the Boy Scouts of America’s 2013 Report to the Nation to congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. last month. Ross and delegates from California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, New York and Oregon visited U.S. Cabinet, House and Senate leadership, the CIA, the Pentagon and the U.S. Supreme Court.

The delegation delivered the report to Speaker of the House John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Ross said the experience, which included visits with U.S. senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, was unforgettable.

“Being that I come from a low-income family, traveling and experiencing something like that was amazing. I was able to visit some of the nation’s most remarkable historical sites along with meeting many of our nation’s top leaders,” he said. “I am definitely a changed person and I feel that being in the presence of so many people working to make our nation a better place has strengthened my desire to do the same.”

The report highlighted the area council achievements in 2013, which include

- Serving more than 32,000 local youth members

- Nearly 700 Scouts earning the rank of Eagle

- Eagle Scout prospects contributing about 115,000 hours of community service, valued at more than $250,000

- Nearly 10,000 Scouts and adults attending an area council camp

- Collecting nearly 230,000 pounds of food for local food banks

- Earning nearly 22,000 merit badges.

Being selected to the report delegation is a tremendous honor for Ross and the community he represents, said Tracy Techau, CEO of the Atlanta area council.

“The achievements Jocques has made in Boy Scouts, the classroom and while serving his community are exceptional,” she said in a statement. Ross earned membership in the school and Scouts’ National Honor Society and won awards like Atlanta Falcon captain of the community, school VIP and teen volunteer of the year. A Troup 7250 Life Scout, Ross said he plans to earn his Eagle Scout rank this spring.

The Panthers point guard and running back said he wants to pursue a career in physical therapy.

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