Five Ada teens awarded Eagle Scout

From left, back row:  Eagle presentation team members Nate Pulliam, Shannon Hysten, Nathan Fountain and Sidney Hysten. Left to right, front row:  Eagle Candidates Brenden Rains, Derrick Stevens, Paul Harris, David Lawrence, and Sheldon Hysten.

ADA — Five members of Troop 4 were awarded the Eagle Scout rank April 12 at the First Christian Church.  

The Eagle rank is the highest youth rank for Boy Scouts and is the culmination of earning at least 21 merit badges, participating in a minimum of 20 days and nights of camping and completing a service project in which the scout must plan and direct the work of a team of helpers as they perform a service, produce a material addition such as furniture or landscaped areas or make improvements to a facility for a non-profit agency or community entity.

Brenden Rains is the son of Jimmy and Jennifer Lee. For his Eagle service project, he recruited family members, fellow scouts and members of the ECU Rotaract Club and Ada Sunrise Rotary to assist him in cleaning the creek bed and sand boxes around the play equipment at Glenwood Park.  

Brenden is a sophomore at Ada High School  He served Troop 4 as assistant patrol leader and instructor and was a den chief with Pack 4.  He attended  summer camp at Camp Simpson four years and was on the camp staff last summer.  He also participated in a whitewater rafting high adventure at Green River, Utah, and is a member of Order of the Arrow.

Derrick Stevens, the son of Dr. Andy and Cindy Stevens, attends Ada High School and is active in youth programs with the Chickasaw Nation and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. His Eagle service project was organizing an afternoon of fellowship with pets from PAWS, with refreshments and entertainment for the clients of the Ada Senior Care Center.    

Derrick  has served in several leadership positions with Troop 4. He accompanied the troop on two Historic Trails hikes and on a high adventure whitewater trip to Green River, Utah.  He also attended summer camp at Camp Simpson four years and is a member of Order of the Arrow.

Paul Harris is the son of David and Debbie Vogt and Roger Harris. He is a student at Ada Junior High School and is active in the performing arts program.  He and his helpers developed a stepping stone walkway and placed a bench alongside the walkway at the Ada Early Childhood Center for his Eagle service project.  

Paul earned 38 merit badges, qualified for the Boy Scout World Conservation Award and is a member of Order of the Arrow. He served his troop three terms as patrol leader and one term as instructor.  His camping log includes Historic Trail hikes and four summer camp and two winter camp sessions at Camp Simpson. He plans to join the whitewater trip to Green River, Utah, this summer.

David Lawrence’s parents are Chris and Christy Lawrence. His Eagle service project was completion of an interior design project at Byng High School.  He is a senior at Byng High School and  is a member of the Byng High Marching and Jazz Bands as well as the Byng High School Art Club.  

He has served Troop 4 in a number of leadership positions and is a member of Order of the Arrow.  David participated in the Green River whitewater adventure, Historic Trails hikes and four summer camp sessions.

Sheldon Hysten, the son of Duane and Aretha Hysten, is a sophomore at Ada High  School. He has served in several leadership positions with Troop 4 and participated in numerous campouts and events.  He is a member of Order of the Arrow.  

Sheldon’s Eagle service project  involved leading  fellow scouts, family members and friends to assist him in cleaning and organizing storage areas for his church.

Scoutmaster for Troop 4 is J. Angus McFarlane.  Assisting in the awards ceremony were Assistant Scoutmasters David Crisp and Jim Tillison and Troop 4 Eagle Scouts Hunter Erwin, Nate Pulliam, Nathan Fountain, and Sidney and Shannon Hysten.  Former Troop 4 Eagle Scout John Netherton was vocalist.

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