Written by Phil Cerroni
Congressman Kenny Marchant recently hosted a ceremony to recognize 45 Eagle Scouts in the 24th Congressional District who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the past year. The event occurred Aug. 16 at the National Boy Scouts of America (BSA) headquarters in Irving and marked 100 years since Boy Scouts of America began recognizing Eagle Scouts.
The event was designed to allow each scout an opportunity to describe their Eagle Scout project to an audience of over 200 people composed of families, friends, and Scout Leaders. Some of these remarkable projects included renovating a community garden, organizing a massive canned food drive, and remodeling a church. Congressman Marchant congratulated each scout for their achievement following their description of their Eagle Scout project.
“The Eagle Scout projects were phenomenal,” said Marchant. “I’m very proud of this group of young men. They have demonstrated great qualities of leadership, and I know they’ll grow into fine leaders who will go on to achieve great things.’”
The Eagle Scout rank is the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America program. To achieve this honor, the scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, develop and oversee a community service project, and fulfill a pledge to live according to the Scout oath. According to the National Eagle Scout Association, less than five percent of scouts earn Eagle Scout rank each year.
The honored Eagle Scouts included: (Bedford) Jonathan Beckett, Matthew Steidle; (Carrollton) Jonathan Campbell, Zachary Fink, Matthew Furhman, Andrew Hines, Charlie Johnson, Parker Martinez, Daniel Milton, Jason Montes, James Netherland, Nathan Owen, John Privitt, Tyler Rozelle, Aaron Schmidt, Kyle Vick, Ryan Widener, Jonathan Womack ; (Colleyville) Craig Colborn, Matthew Johnson, Thomas Moyer, Ryan Obenhaus; (Coppell) Dylan Airey, Adam Blake, Trevor Caples, Keaten Cunningham, Cameron Farr, Christian Frantz, Avery McAnelly, Chris Overcash, Jacob Vance, Benjamin Zill; (Euless) Matthew Schaefer; (Farmers Branch) Tanner Pochmann; (Grand Prairie) Kristopher Kindt; (Grapevine) Andrew Jensen, Stratton Szanyi; (Hurst) James Bartlett, Jeremy Bartlett, Thomas Toney; (Irving) Walker Embrey; (Southlake) Christian Barham, Joseph Beatty III, Casey Miller, and Paul Porter.
Source: Congressman Kenny Marchant