Three Boy Scouts from area achieve Eagle Scout rank

November 21, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

Three area Boy Scouts have been have completed the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout.

Charles Ellis is a senior at Danville High School; Devin Lawson a senior at Boyle County High School; and Ben Sweeney a senior at Casey County High School.

To become an Eagle Scout, the young men completed a community service project and earned 12 merit badges plus at least nine other badges.

n Ellis, 18, earned 29 merit badges, served as patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, senior patrol leader, quartermaster, instruction representative and junior assistant scoutmaster.


He planned and supervised the building of a bridge on the Green Heron Trail at Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge in western Boyle County.

Ellis also participated in the National Order of the Arrow Voyage in Ely, Minn.

A member of the DHS Marching Admirals, Ellis attends SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and teaches fourth-grade religious education. He is the son of Stephen and Nellie Ellis of Danville.

Ellis is the 43rd Eagle Scout in Troop 119, founded in 1953 and chartered at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

n Lawson, 18, had to earn 21 merit badges, hold a position of responsibility, and plan and carry out a community service project. His project was to improve the gazebo and build a fence at the Wildlife Refuge. He is the 42nd Eagle Scout in Trooper 119.

Lawson joined the Navy in the delayed entry program. He runs cross country for BCHS and is a member of the Beta Club. He is the son of Daniel and Melinda Lawson of Danville.

n Sweeney, son of Don and Pam Sweeney, completed requirements for Eagle Scout under the guidance of Scoutmaster John Shugars of Boy Scout Troop 123.

Sweeney chose to renovate the gravesite of his fifth great-grandfather, Moses Sweeney, an early pioneer who served in the American Revolution. Moses Sweeney came to the wilderness through the Cumberland Gap and settled in what now is Lincoln County. He built two log cabins in 1787 and 1811 on McCormick's Church Road near Moreland. The 1811 cabin was later enclosed and became known as the Hubbard House.

The gravesite is across the road from the home site. It fell in poor condition after a renovation in the mid-1900s. Ben Sweeney along with fellow Scouts, family and friends cleared the site, cleaned and righted the headstones, and erected a new fence around the cemetery. The only known grave there is that of Moses, who died in 1813. There are other unmarked graves that may have been other family members.

Ben Sweeney followed Boy Scout guidelines that consisted of fund-raising, budgeting, record- and timekeeping, and community involvement.

A ceremony will be scheduled for the presentation of the Eagle Scout honor.

Sweeney is the grandson of Leroy and Mary Johnson of Danville and Dr. Garnett J. and Virginia Sweeney of Liberty.|None***

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