Four members of Troop 51 were recognized with the rank of Eagle Scout on Oct. 16 at a Court of Honor at Jackson United Methodist Church.
To become an Eagle Scout, a Scout must remain active in the troop; earn a total of 21 merit badges; hold a leadership position; and plan, develop, raise the necessary funds and give leadership through a service project helpful to an organization within their community.
The four Scouts honored were:
- Damon Britt DeLee, son of Shane DeLee and Paula DeLee, is a senior at Centreville Academy. He worships at First Baptist Church in Jackson. He earned 27 merit badges and three special awards that included Polar Bear Award, Fifty-miler Award and Triple Crown of High Adventure. His Eagle project was erecting a flagpole in the Second Baptist Church Cemetery, which includes a solar-powered light he installed to shine onto the flag at night. “It gives me a great sense of pride and accomplishment to be one of the few who do become an Eagle Scout," DeLee said.
- Richard Reed Edwards, son of Todd and Kelly Edwards, is a senior at West Feliciana High School, where he is active in cross-country and Beta Club. He earned 23 merit badges. His Eagle project was building a handicap ramp at Audubon State Park. “Becoming an Eagle Scout means seven years of hard work and dedication," Edwards said. "I know that I can accomplish great things.”
- Seth Hunter Veillion, son of Drew and Phoebe Veillion, is home-schooled. He worships at Grace Baptist Church in Zachary. He earned 62 merit badges. His Eagle project was installing a lighted flagpole with flag at his church at La. 19 and Rush. “I am blessed to have earned the highest rank in scouting," Veillion said. "It also means I have a duty to share what I have learned to others.”
- Foxworth Ford Vidrine, son of Jody and Susan Vidrine, is a senior at University High School, where he is active in baseball, football and Honor Society. He worships at Jackson United Methodist Church. He earned 26 merit badges and five special awards that included Bronze Palm, Arrow of Light, Fifty-Miler Award, Triple Crown of High Adventure and Polar Bear Award. His Eagle Scout project was identifying trees and bushes and making signs to mark them on a trail at Audubon State Park. "Being an Eagle Scout means that I’m an elite citizen and expected to lead others by my example," Vidrine said.
Scout Master Kevin Tomb received his Eagle Scout in 1977, and since becoming the Scout Master of Troop 51, he has had 59 Boy Scouts earn their Eagle rank.
The families were recognized, and the parents of the new Eagle Scouts hosted a meal after the ceremony.