Local high school senior earns Eagle Scout Award
Zachary Thomson, 17, of Alexandria, the son of Aaron and Brenda Thomson, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts: the Eagle Scout Award. He was recognized in an Eagle Court of Honor on April 28 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria.
In 2003, Thomson joined Cub Scouts as a member of Pack 445 in Brandon/Evansville. In 2007, he earned the Arrow of Light and became a member of Troop 440 in Brandon/Evansville.
Thomson earned his Eagle Award as a member of Troop 412 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria. He is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank.
Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a service project to earn his Eagle.
Thomson chose to install benches at the Alexandria United Methodist Church playground as well as stain the playground equipment and the timbers surrounding the playground.
He has served as chaplain's aide and patrol leader in his troop and has completed National Youth Leader Training. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow (the national honor society of Scouting) and a member of the National Eagle Scout Association.
Thomson joins other American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald Ford Jr., astronaut Neil Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Spielberg and Dirty Jobs host Mike Rowe.
Thomson is a member of Alexandria United Methodist Church and is active in the church's youth group as well as other volunteer activities. He is currently a senior at Jefferson High School in Alexandria.