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TJ McGrath is awarded the Eagle Scout Rank.

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TJ McGrath is awarded the Eagle Scout Rank.

At a ceremony held at the first Assembly of God Church in Hawkins, Texas Timothy James McGrath was formally awarded the Eagle Rank of the Boy Scouts of America. Assistant Scout Master Jim Shupe was the Master of Ceremonies. The Color Guard presented the flags and "The Pledge of Allegiance" was recited.

Pastor Don Majors led the audience in "The National Anthem." The MC then introduced invited guests Mayor Sam Bradley and Sherriff Bill Wansley. Pastor Don Majors of the First Assembly of God Church gave the invocation.

TJ Came forward to light twelve candles representing the points of the Scout Law as it was recited. And then he recited the Scout Oath and Promise and was led to his seat in the audience.

"The Lord's Prayer" set to music and sung by Betty Bird. A slide show was presented during the singing. R.L. Bird accompanied by his wife, Betty on the piano, led the group in "America the Beautiful."

Scout Master Wesley Marsh covered the six ranks of Scouting by having the Troop assemble to the left of the stage where the first Scout rank was portrayed. And then he described the Rank. As he described the next Rank the boys would move to that symbol leaving behind the boys who had not advanced and so on until TJ was at the Eagle Scout symbol.

Jim Shupe the reaffirmed candidate, TJ to Scout Oath principles and had the Honor Guard escort TJ's father to TJ' right side. Kelly McGrath accepted the invitation to continue TJ's growth in character and leadership qualities. Kelly then recounted the history TJ's accomplishment in school and scouting. TJ was an athlete and maintained a 4.0 GPA at Hawkins High School. He was also awarded a scholarship to Tyler Junior College. During his senior year he worked at Brookshire's Grocery and was rapidly promoted to Cashier. He will be working at Brookshire's Warehouse in Tyler.

His Eagle Project was to improve Hawkins HS by building new benches in the baseball dugouts. Coach Jason Boyd attested to the fine job he did in organizing the project.

Assistant Scoutmaster Al Goneau, an Eagle Scout, gave the Eagle Charge to TJ. The Eagle medal was pinned on TJ's uniform by Scoutmaster Wesley Marsh. Jim Shupe then passed special awards to TJ to give out. The first was the Eagle lapel pin which he gave to his grandmother and then a lapel pin to recognize the person that he felt helped the most on the trail to eagle. TJ called Coach Boyd to come forward for the presentation.

What is noteworthy is TJ entered Scouts at age 15 and accomplished all the requirements before his 18th birthday. The Scoutmaster led the closing by having the Color Guard retire the flags and the Honor Guard escorts the parents and relatives out, followed by the Scouts and Cub Scouts.

A reception was held in the church fellowship hall.

Vic Pell, Troop Committee Member