Morgan students earn wings

Published 4:29 pm Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Five Morgan Academy students earned Eagle Badges during a ceremony Sunday, Jan.6, and became Eagle Scouts, the highest recognition in the Boy Scouts of America.

David Cothran, Jr. became a scout at the age of 11 and has spent his entire tenure as a scout with Troop 46. Along with being a scout, Cothran is an active member of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church and a member of his school’s golf and robotics teams.

Cothran’s Eagle Scout Project was painting the waiting and conference rooms at the Child Advocacy Center in order to provide the children who go there with a fresh, clean space and a comfortable environment.

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Baker King became a scout at six years old and moved over to Troop 46 a few years later. King is an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and a member of the National Honor Society, Senior Beta Club, Scholar’s Bowl Team and the Robotics Team at Morgan Academy.

King’s Eagle Scout Project was to build an outdoor, brick patio and entertainment area for the Old Depot Museum. Using historic bricks pulled from Water Avenue and donated to the museum, King constructed a 25×25 patio.

William Henry, like King, started as a scout at six years old and join Troop 46 a few years later. An active member at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, the local troop’s home base, Henry is a member of Morgan Academy’s weight-lifting, track and varsity football teams.

Henry built two raised gardens and two trellises at R.B. Hudson Middle School for his Eagle Scout Project. Henry was inspired to do the project to help students learn about the importance of growing food and maintaining a garden.

Hayden Bruner’s scouting tenure started out in the same way as his Eagle Scout associates, King and Henry. Hayden is active at Church Street United Methodist Church and he is a member of the varsity basketball team at Morgan Academy.

Bruner’s Eagle Scout Project covered a lot of ground at his high school. In the end, Bruner pressure washed and cleaned out 300 lockers, cut and shaped plants in the school’s flower garden, placed pine straw in beds, pressured washed signs and benches on the campus, planted flowers and weeded.

William Brackin has been with Troop 46 since joining the scouts in 2011. A member of Blue Jean Church, Brackin is a member of Morgan Academy’s tennis team and earned the team’s top spot after leading them to their first state championship in six years.

Brackin built an outdoor pavilion at Brantley Elementary School for his Eagle Scout Project after hearing from the school’s principle that teachers and students needed a shady place to go during physical education classes, as well as a space to get out of the rain. Brackin’s 14×14 pavilion includes bench and, in conjunction with this project, he planted two trees and placed gravel in spaces that once flooded beneath the students’ swings.