Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Jonathon Green of Kimball has become the ninth member of Boy Scouts Troop 357 to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Sunday, June 22, an Honor Court was held to mark his achievement, something that only about 5 percent of Boy Scouts reach. Eagle Scout is the highest of six ranks within Boy Scouts. Candles were lit to signify the twelve traits of a scout as outlined by the Scout Law: "A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent." Reaching the rank of Eagle Scout is the ultimate result of pursuing these goals. Troop leader Bill Liedman told assembled friends and family that in all his years of Scouting, he has seen no single Scout exemplify each trait as well as Jon does. "When I think of each of these traits," Liedman said, "I think of Jon." Jon's mother Jennifer Green pinned the Eagle Scout ribbon onto Jon's shirt. Then Jon "pinned" his grandmother Carlene Kilpatrick, his mother, and his father Johnny Green with a pin commemorating their relationship to an Eagle Scout. The Troop presented Jon with a lighted crystal Boy Scout emblem to keep on his desk. Jon is only the ninth Eagle Scout in Kimball, but he joins the ranks of about 1.7 million Eagle Scouts around the world, like his hero Lee Iacocca, Walter Cronkite, Steven Spielberg, President Gerald R. Ford, astronaut James A. Lovell Jr. and Neil Armstrong, basketball star Bill Bradley, and statesmen Sam Nunn, Thomas Foley, and Richard G. Lugar.