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Fayetteville resident Jarad Johnson of Troop 489 was awarded Boy Scout’s highest rank, Eagle Scout, in a Court of Honor held recently.
More than 70 family members and friends were present to honor Jarad. His mom, Leslie Johnson, Gran Willa Jo Dye and Aunt Karen Dye were in attendance, as were Fayetteville Mayor John Ed Underwood and Ray Robertson, David Crockett’s Boy Scout district executive.
Jarad was also joined by his mentors — Eric Reynolds and J.B. Box, who served as positive role models for him in Cub Scouts and throughout his Scouting career; Dave Owens and Mark Rascoe who helped with his Eagle Scout project; and Jarad’s Scoutmaster, Angela Phelps, for being there from the beginning of Scouting until the end, encouraging Jarad and believing in him.
The program got underway with Troop 489 and friend, Jesse Franklin from Troop 463, presenting the colors. Brett Phelps, Troop 489′s Senior Patrol Leader, welcomed everyone. Xavier Schleuter, Troop 489′s chaplain, delivered the invocation. After a spaghetti dinner, a cake decorated with the Eagle Scout Medal and punch were served.
During the evening, Jarad was presented with two American flags, one that was flown over the U.S. Capitol and the other over the Pentagon. A third flag, the Tennessee flag, was flown over the state capitol in Jarad’s honor.
As part of the Eagle Scout installation, Jarad chose John Wayne’s speech when Wayne was asked to dedicate a Boy Scout Camp named in his honor. Wayne redefined the Scout Law as he believed it meant as an American. One by one, members of the troop lit a candle as the Scout Law was read.
J.B. Box continued the installation by challenging Jarad to enter into the Eagle Scout Brotherhood. Jarad then repeated the Eagle Scout Pledge and presented his mother with the parent Eagle Scout pin. In turn, Jarad’s mother pinned the Eagle Scout Medal on her son’s uniform and then presented him with a walking/hiking stick that included Jarad’s name, troop number and the date he made Eagle Scout. Additionally, a metal medallion for each Cub Scout and Boy Scout rank was embedded in the stick, and the Cub Scout Promise, Boy Scout Law and Eagle Promise, along with the Bible scripture Philippians 4:13, were carved on the back of the stick.
Jarad presented mentor pins and certificates of appreciation to Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Cox, Mr. Owens, Mr. Rascoe and Ms. Phelps. He also extended special appreciation to his Gran, Willa Jo Dye, and his mother, Leslie Johnson.
Jarad received congratulatory letters from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Bill Haslam, as well as from state and national Boy Scout Council leaders.
A 14-year-old freshman at Fayetteville High School, Jarad is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. He plays clarinet in concert and pep band. He is also very involved with the local 4-H program, serving as reporter and Honor Club member.
Following high school graduation, he hopes to pursue a degree in physics.
Jarad’s Eagle Project consisted of building a room at the Arts Center to house computers that have been donated.