Kenly’s Tanner Bentley earns Eagle Scout rank

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KENLY — Tanner Bentley, a member of Kenly Boy Scout Troop 29 and the son of Rodney and Janet Bentley, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in a special court of honor ceremony held June 2 at Faith Free Will Baptist Church.

Scoutmaster Robert Conway presented Bentley with the Eagle badge, which his mother pinned onto his uniform. Bentley then presented his mother an Eagle Scout necklace and his father with an Eagle Scout pin.

“Tanner Bentley is a well-rounded young man and a hard worker,” said Conway. “He really cares about his community as shown by the fact his Eagle project was painting and beautifying all the fire hydrants in the town limits of Micro. As a scout leader, it makes you smile when your scouts reach the rank of Eagle and you know they will be productive citizens in the community.”

State Rep. Larry Strickland, R-Johnston, presented Bentley with a North Carolina flag that had flown over the state Capitol building.

Others participating in the ceremony included former scoutmaster Chad Linton, assistant scoutmasters Ken Ballance and Rodney Bentley, troop chaplain aide James Price and pastor Danny Creech.

“I have watched Tanner Bentley grow from being a Tiger in the Cub Scouts all the way up to becoming an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts,” said Linton. “I think whatever he sets his mind to later in life, he will achieve it.”

Bentley also earned additional merit badges and received bronze and gold palm pins for his achievement.

Fewer than 5% of Boy Scouts become Eagle Scouts, the highest rank attainable in scouting, according to the national Scouts BSA organization.