Senior Class Eagle Scouts


Hunter Nealey, Secretary

Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout is a long, tedious process that requires dedication and a passion for your community. I should know, because for the past twelve months, I have been undergoing the process of becoming an Eagle Scout–the highest honor a Boy Scout of America can achieve. I, along with three other members of the RMA class of 2021, have worked tirelessly to achieve this honor.


The Boy Scouts of America is one of the largest national youth organizations in the United States. The common goal of scouting is to prepare young people to make moral and ethical decisions based on the values of scouting. 


In order to achieve the rank of Eagle, a scout must complete an approved service project that will benefit his or her community. All projects must declare a local beneficiary who will benefit from the efforts of the scout. After coming up with an idea, the scout must present their proposal to a board of current Eagle Scouts who ensure that the project is up to the standards of the scouting organization. Then, after receiving approval, the scout must hold a fundraiser in order to receive the funds needed for said project. Many scouts choose to sell an item–such as coffee or peanuts–or hold a fundraising event for members of their community. After gaining sufficient funding, the scout must organize and carry out their project, leading a group of volunteers and fellow scouts. Finally, the scout must create a presentation detailing the planning and outcome of the fundraising effort and project to present to the board for approval. It is only after all of this that a Boy Scout can achieve their rank of Eagle. 


For my Eagle Scout project, I organized a meal packing event for Rise Against Hunger, a non-profit group that packs and ships meals to third-world countries. Fellow Eagle Scout Graham Turnage told me that the project “truly teaches you how to lead and have a positive influence on your community.” He built the sun shade that covers the tennis court bleachers right here at RMA. Eagle Scout Ellis Daughtridge installed a light to illuminate the flagpole outside of Rocky Mount’s athletic stadium. Finally, Eagle Scout Matthew Davis built playground equipment for the young students at Good Shepherd Day School, as well as installed a sun shade for them. Matthew commented that, “Even with its ups and downs, I learned a lot about myself and how much I can help others!”


These seniors have achieved something special, having truly made an important impact  on their community. Becoming an Eagle showcases a scout’s dedication, altruism, and integrity.