Three Fayette students become Eagle Scouts
By Kara Tapp
Andrew Howell, Cody Glover and Ben Adair are seniors at Fayette-Ware High School and have been awarded the honor of Eagle Scout.
An Eagle Scout is the highest attainable rank in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America. The requirements include earning a minimum of 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership.
Andrew Howell has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America since the age of 10 and succeeded in achieving the rank and honor of Eagle Scout in September of 2013.
His time at Fayette-Ware has been well spent. As an honor student, he has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school career and has scored a 30 on his ACT. He is also a member of SkillsUSA and had the opportunity to travel to Chattanooga with other classmates to compete in various skills across multiple occupations such as automotive maintenance, computer-aided drafting, cosmetology and criminal justice.
After graduation Howell plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville to earn a degree in mechanical engineering.
Howell’s passion has always been Scouting. He joined Troop 133 at a young age and witnessed firsthand the beneficial effects of the program.
He has been camping countless times and has been fortunate in having the opportunity to attend summer camps in multiple states. He also is a counselor at the local summer camp, Camp Mack Morris in Camden, Tenn.
He has worked there for three years and has performed various jobs. He is now teaching merit badge classes and has 46 himself. Some of which include archery, orienteering, wilderness survival and lifesaving.
Howell went on to say, “My Scouting career has been more to me than just a time in the woods. I have grown more as a leader and an individual than by any other means thanks to Scouting and its values. I am a firm believer in what Scouting can do for a young man, and I am grateful for what it has given me.”
Cody Glover is also a member of Troop 133 of Boy Scouts of American. He has maintained a GPA of 4.0 and recently scored a 28 on the ACT. Being an Eagle Scout has prepared him by giving him more confidence to strive for excellence.
Over the years Glover has been a part of SkillsUSA and has competed in several State Championships. Being a Scout has changed his life in so many ways. From camping to visiting and meeting new people, it has changed his life. Scouting is fun to Glover, but at the same time it is challenging.
“I have 12 words that I live by daily; trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, brave, clean, reverent and thrifty. These 12 words work as a guide of what I do in everyday life,” stated Glover.
In November 2013, Glover received the title of Eagle Scout. Outside of school, Scouting is his passion. One of his favorite quotes is “If you are trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks, but obstacles do not have to stop you. If you run into a wall do not turn around and give up, figure out how to climb it, go around it or go through it.”
After graduation, Glover is planning to join the Navy.
Ben Adair has been Scouting for what seems like forever. He started as a Cub Scout at the age of 10, because his dad actually started the pack in Rossville. He and his brother were the first in the pack. As time went on, he worked his way through the ranks of Cub Scouts with the help of his dad and the support of his family. He finally earned his Arrow of Light, which is the highest rank that can be earned in Cub Scouts, and he soon realized that the adventure was just beginning.
After much encouragement Adair decided to continue his Scouting career and become a Boy Scout. He joined Troop 95 and slowly worked through the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class and so forth. Throughout his Scouting career he has gone to three High Adventure Bases: Philmont, Sea Base and Northern Tier.
“I really enjoyed Philmont, because I hiked over 120 miles and climbed up the tallest mountain in the continental U.S. During the Northern Tier, I canoed over 60 miles, and at Sea Base, I stayed on an island and went snorkeling at the coal reefs,” said Adair.
Boy Scouts has helped shape Adair into the man that he is today. It has prepared him for the career he wants to pursue after graduation, which is to become a psychiatrist.
Adair ends by stating, “Boy Scouts will always be a major part of my life, and I will never forget the things that Scouts has taught me.”
For more information on Fayette County Schools visit www.fcsk12.net or call 901-465-5260.
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