Four local boys earn Eagle Scout rank

Published 7:25 pm Wednesday, September 7, 2016

This summer at a ceremony at First Christian Church, four local Boy Scouts — (pictured above together, left to right) Benjamin Franklin Morris III, Leland Porter Hill, Robert Atkinson Mayo and James Cameron Carr, who is pictured below with parents Sherry Jackson and James Carr — of Troop 21 of Washington were recognized as earning the rank of Eagle Scout. The success of their efforts will manifest in a way that the scouts and every other Eagle Scout sets a social pattern for the lives they touch, according to the ceremony’s program. First Christian Church sponsors Troop 21. Carr, 18, a graduate of Southwest Edgecombe High School, is the son of Sherry Jackson and James Carr. In September 2009, he joined Troop 21, earned 34 merit badges and held many leadership positions. For his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, Carr worked with the Cypress Landing Homeowners Association and Chocowinity Public Works, then led a crew of scouts in cleaning, prepping and painting 67 mapped fire hydrants in Cypress Landing. Mayo, 18, a graduate of Washington High School, is the son of Christa and Rob Mayo of Maules Pointe. Mayo joined Troop 21, earned 25 merit badges and worked with Jayne Alligood and planned, developed, mapped, marked and gained approval to clear trees for a walking trail at Camp Caroline in Arapahoe for his service project. Hill, 18, a graduate of Washington High School, is the son of Ann and Paul Hill of Washington. He joined Troop 21 in May 2009 and earned 30 merit badges. Hill’s service project involved planning, developing and leading his Troop in a number of landscaping and maintenance operations at First Christian Church’s yellow house on Academy Street. The project also involved Hill working with the Blackbeard District Eagle Scout Review Board, as well as officials from the church, City of Washington, underground utility locators, Historic Commission and other organizations. Morris, 15, a student at Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience, is the son of Dianne and Ben Morris of Washington. He joined Troop 21 in May 2011 and earned 43 merit badges. Morris’s service project involved raising $3,600 and purchasing and placing a handicapped accessible swing in the Havens Garden playground in order for physically challenged children would be able to play alongside other children. His project coincided with a grant-funded project headed by the City of Washington Parks and Recreation Department.