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Soaring to new heights: Becoming an Eagle Scout

Chris Hadsall, leading the scouts in setting up the habitat at Unqua.

Chris Hadsall, leading the scouts in setting up the habitat at Unqua.

Provided by Lauren Buchanan

Provided by Lauren Buchanan

Chris Hadsall, leading the scouts in setting up the habitat at Unqua.

Lauren Buchanan, Staff Writer

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Balancing being a track captain, class salutatorian, and President of the student government is no small feat, especially when you are working to become an Eagle Scout on top of it all.  Christopher Hadsall does it all and is not only an incredibly hard worker, but a dedicated leader and scout.

Becoming an Eagle Scout is not an easy task to begin with, as there are many requirements that go into it that must be completed before one can reach this prestigious rank.  There are many merit badges and achievements that a Scout must obtain, as well as being a Life Scout for at least six months, obtaining a leadership position in his school or community, an original community service project, known as the Eagle Project, and then finally sitting for an Eagle Board of Review.

A merit badge is a type of achievement that a Boy Scout receives when he completes certain requirements.  “The merit badges make up the bulk of the requirements to be an Eagle Scout,” Hadsall said. In terms of which merit badge was his favorite to earn, “Probably the Citizenship in the Nation merit badge because that’s all about U.S. history and government which is right up my alley.”

As for the leadership position and being a Life Scout, he already has that covered, as he is Student Council President, and has a captain position on the Winter Track Team.

One of the major requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout, an original Eagle Project must be completed.  An Eagle Project must be a community service project that does not benefit the Boy Scouts in any way, but benefits the scout’s community, school, or religious institution.

“My Eagle Project was building a garden bed, a picnic table, and some bird houses for the Unqua Elementary School habitat,” Hadsall said.  “It was really nice because I got to give back to the Elementary School I went to when I first moved here.”  This project happened on Sunday, November 27, and one can see the impressive results at the Unqua Elementary school habitat.

Among the younger scouts and even the adults around him, Chris is a well respected member of the scouting community.  “I highly admire Chris.  He is an honorable and intelligent young man who continues to display leadership at school, on the track team, and in his scout troop,” his assistant scout leader, Mr. Charles Livingston said.  “Chris is highly respected among other adults that know him.”

Though Chris isn’t yet an Eagle Scout, he is well on his way to reaching new heights, and soaring like an eagle into this new and prestigious rank of achievement.

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Soaring to new heights: Becoming an Eagle Scout