STEPHENVILLE (March 27, 2016) – Saturday afternoon, Stephenville HS senior and Boy Scout Noble Alexander earned an honor few others can claim – he’s now an Eagle Scout.
At the ceremony, Alexander and his family received the pins recognizing an achievement over ten years in the making.
“It’s the highest rank a Boy Scout can earn,” Boy Scout Troop 18 Leader Michael Beverly said. “I think it is four of every 100 earns Eagle rank.”
In order to achieve the Eagle Scout ranking, Alexander had to earn 21 merit badges in various subjects, such as emergency preparedness, first aid, archery, swimming and shooting.
“You have to get so many Eagle requirements [badges] and then you can have some for things you enjoy, like I have a music merit badge,” Alexander said. “I also got a chess badge. I like chess; it’s pretty fun.”
Besides completing his merit badge requirements, Alexander also completed a community service project. He chose to build two ga-ga ball pits at the Stephenville First Baptist Church.
“Not a lot of people get to Eagle Scout,” Alexander said. “Most people will get to Life, the one right before Eagle, and they’ll just run out of time because you have to get it all before you’re 18. So, most people run out of time by their Life, and they don’t push themselves enough.”
But Alexander is all about pushing himself. Whether it’s on the soccer pitch or as a member of the school’s robotics team or as a Scout. He has been in Scouts for over ten years and said he loves camping and working as a mentor to the younger Boy Scouts.
“I’ve always liked to be outside and do a lot of stuff with my hands, always liked being in nature,” Alexander said. “It’s everything I’ve hoped for.”
According to the US Scouts website, Alexander follows the three promises of the Boy Scout Oath daily – duty to God and country, duty to other people and duty to self. He is the drum captain and vice president of the SHS band, is a part of the jazz band, is the starting goalie on the undefeated boys soccer team and plays varsity baseball, participates as a leader in the First Baptist Church youth group and youth choir, and is a member of National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Student Council.
“He’s been a very energetic young man,” Beverly said. “I’ve seen him grow into a fine young leader, giving his scouting experience to younger scouts and helping them along.”