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Eagles Among Us

September 26, 2017
By Jennifer Polston

“On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God…”

 

These are some of the opening words of the Eagle Scout pledge. Words taken seriously by 5 recent WCCS students who have worked hard to attain the status of Eagle Scout -- Don Barnes, ’16, Joseph Snipes, ’17, Jonathan Setzer, ’17,  Mattingly Nord ’19 and Connor Oedewaldt ’18. To have this many students recognized with this honor is quite remarkable, considering only 5 percent of Boy Scouts advance to the highest ranking of Eagle Scout. This can take years to complete and is quite an achievement for those willing to put in the time and service to their community. Scouts have to fulfill requirements in leadership, service and outdoor projects. Furthermore, long after the rank is earned, the responsibility to continue a life of service to one’s community is expected.

Connor Oedewaldt
Eagle Scout, Connor Oedewaldt

At WCCS, it is our mission to prepare students to impact the world around them for Jesus Christ. What a pleasure it is to learn how just a few of our students are taking this mindset out of the walls of our school and into the community around them. “I have done a lot of service projects […] but the most important and noteworthy was my own Eagle project. I built stairs down to an open amphitheater so that the elderly and children with disabilities could more easily and safely get down to the amphitheater for chapel services and many other things,” states senior, Connor Oedewaldt. When asked what it means for him to be an Eagle Scout, Connor shares “it means that I have moved on from boyhood to manhood. It also means that I am supposed to help other people in any way possible with the skills that I have learned.”

Mattingly Nord
Eagle Scout, Mattingly Nord

"It's an honor to be an Eagle Scout"

 

Junior, Mattingly Nord, shares his own experience. “It’s an honor to be an Eagle Scout, it puts you in a different service oriented mindset, and people really look up to you for leadership and service.” For his Eagle Scout project, Mattingly cleared a section of invasive plants and trees at the Anne Springs Close Greenway, allowing the area to be restored for indigenous plants to grow. “The benefits of what you do and learn to help others far outweigh the tedious work you may have to do for it. This allows you to look ahead and see how it will be beneficial, and therefore motivates you to complete the task not for yourself, but for others.”

Congratulations to all of our recent Eagle Scouts. We can’t wait to hear how these students continue to bless the world around them in the name of Jesus Christ.

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