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LAFAYETTE HIGH GRADUATE RISES TO EAGLE

Troop 103 convenes Eagle Court of Honor for Lafayette High School Graduate

BSA Troop 103 in Williamsburg honored the advancement of one their Boy Scouts to the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America. Donald J. Gray was awarded an Eagle Scout Medal during a Court of Honor convened for him on September 27th, 2015 at Williamsburg United Methodist Church on Jamestown Road, the Troop's charter organization.

The requirements for the Eagle rank include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating the Scouting ideals of service and leadership, including organizing and leading a community service project. Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable of the Boy Scouts of America. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million young men. Many other outstanding American citizens have become Eagle Scouts, among them: Astronaut Neil Armstrong, Academy Award director Steven Spielberg, TV personality Mike Rowe, and former Secretary of Defense and current BSA President, Robert Gates. Gray joins over 200 Scouts that have earned their Eagle rank in Troop 103.

Gray has held leadership positions within the troop including Patrol Leader, Scribe and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's National Honor Society and served as his unit's Chapter Chief. He was awarded the Troop's James A. Fuller Scoutmaster Award as well as the Troop's Walker Mulligan Scouting Spirit Award, which memorializes the enthusiasm and positive attitude towards scouting inspired by the memory of a former Troop 103 Eagle Scout.

For his Eagle project, Gray built, with the help of family and scouts from his troop, three raised garden beds for Waller Mill Park which were designed to attract butterflies for Monarch Watch and to provide an attractive backdrop for park near the paddleboat and canoe area.

Gray is a recent graduate of Lafayette High School and was active in the school band, where he played the baritone horn and was an exemplary student in his school's National Latin Honor Society. He currently attends Thomas Nelson Community College and is the proud son of Erin and Don L. Gray of Williamsburg, Virginia.

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