Two ESD students, senior Riley Breaux and junior Jackson Fricke, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Only about six percent of all Boy Scouts go on to earn this ranking by the age of 18.
Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the boy scouts of America. In order to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, these students completed all of the qualifications such as earning a specified number of merit badges, providing references, and completing a service project. Not only are they proficient in skills such as citizenship, swimming, and emergency preparedness, these students are also skilled in building decks, constructing eco-friendly garden boxes, and installing bike repair stations.
“I could not be more proud of Riley and Jackson for hard work and dedication to the Boy Scouts of America,” said Henry Heil, ESD's Head of Upper School. “Earning Eagle Scout demonstrates an unwavering commitment to the scout oath to do their duty to God and country, help others at all times, and fulfill the scout mission to make ethical and moral choices. Way to go guys!”
For his Eagle Scout project, Riley led volunteers to create a promotional video for Operation Kindness (a large, no-kill animal shelter), tracking a severely injured kitten from intake through foster care, surgery, recovery, and finally adoption from the shelter. Jackson’s Eagle Scout Project incorporated volunteers comprised of scouts, adults, and students working toward improving ESD’s Outdoor Chapel. After renovating the existing benches, Jackson built and installed a picnic table, an altar, and a cross, allowing ESD to use the outdoor space for future services.
Last year, ESD had 12 Eagle Scouts in the Class of 2019.
Congratulations on this outstanding achievement, Eagles! We are so proud of your hard work and dedication.