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The Wilson Rotary Club honored area Eagle Scouts Monday.
Rotary member Sam Douglas gave an overview of the local scout camps and noted that 11 of the 156 new Eagle Scouts in the district are from Wilson. Rotary president Greg Godard said only about 4% of scouts become Eagles and complete the required service project.
Douglas said the Eagle badge has a colorful ribbon where the red represents honor, blue represents loyalty and red represents courage.
“As a follower, you promise to be loyal to those above you, but as a leader, you have to be loyal to those below you and treat them as you would want to be treated,” Douglas said. “Also, be loyal to your ideas and not let others sway you from your course.”
Nine of the local honorees were unable to attend due to school or family obligations, but Anthony Marks and Nicholas Kilpatrick of Troop 381 spoke about the projects they completed at their respective schools. Marks has attended Wilson Preparatory Academy since eighth grade and worked to construct a sign for the school on Tilghman Road.
“It was a long process, but in the long run, I enjoyed it and I think I did a very good job helping my community and my school,” the 18-year-old senior said.
Kilpatrick’s service project was at Fike High School, where he built six tables and four benches and added landscaping to provide a gathering area for students to socialize near the parking lot. He took his senior pictures in the area before graduating in 2018 and received his Eagle Scout award the day before his 18th birthday.
The 19-year-old has gone on to become an assistant scoutmaster to his father, Byron, for Troop 381.
“Once you’re an Eagle Scout, you’re always an Eagle Scout,” said Douglas. “You are never through.”
Rotarian Bill Vaughan recalled receiving his own Eagle Scout award on Feb. 7, 1964, and received a ceramic eagle sculpture from Mary O’Geary. The artisan’s husband served as the district executive for the scouts in the 1960s and the Rotary Club has carried on in her honor for several decades, gifting ceramic eagles to the latest class of local scouts.
Other local Eagle Scouts include Simon Eckenwiler and Joseph Anthony Jr. of Troop 4; Edwin Daniel IV, James Metts, Parker Johnson, John Parker and Maxwell Fogleman of Troop 6; Matthew Nguen of Troop 185; and Kaifa Hansen of Troop 221.