Eagle rank

Eight Boy Scouts earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest award, during a recent Eagle Court of Honor held by BSA Troop 30, chartered at St. Richard Catholic Church.  Each of the Scouts served the troop in numerous leadership positions, and are members of the Sebooney Okasucca Lodge of the Order of the Arrow.  The following Scouts received the Eagle award: Johnny Bethea, son of Ursula and John Bethea, promoted literacy for his Eagle Service Project by collecting, labelling and sorting more than 1,900 donated books for distribution to people in need in the Jackson area; Luis Flores, son of Sandra and Jose Flores, planned and supervised the renovation of restrooms at the Jackson offices of Operation Shoestring; John L. Godbold, son of Pamela Godbold and Charlie Godbold,  rebuilt and repaired the playground used by children of Catholic Charities clients; Cutter Klein, son of Ashley and Allan Klein, constructed three buddy benches at the St. Richard Catholic School elementary playground; Stewart McCullough, son of Tammie and James McCullough, designed, built and installed a “Little Lending Library” at the St. Richard Catholic School kindergarten playground; Zeke Morgan, son of Jill and David Morgan, built a food sorting table, and organized the “Scouts Helping Kids” food drive which gathered over 2,000 lbs. of food and $548 in cash donations for the Mississippi Food Network; Justin Nesteruk, son of Mary Nesteruk, with a crew of volunteers he repaired and refinished benches and picnic tables in the nature area of the Madison Public Library, and cleaned up the area so it could be used as an outdoor classroom; Isaac Salamonson, son of Patti and Ian Salamonson, completely renovated the press box at Ridgeland High School’s Titan Stadium. The project, which involved removing old wallpaper, refinishing and repainting walls and doors, and the installation of new flooring, required more 300 hours of labor from 32 volunteers.

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