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The Carthage Press
  • Troop 77 applauds new Eagle Scout

  • Friends and family of Roderick Williams, 16, gathered for his Eagle Court of Honor at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Webb City on Saturday.
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  • Friends and family of Roderick Williams, 16, gathered for his Eagle Court of Honor at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Webb City on Saturday.
    This unique ceremony is one only 5 percent of Boy Scouts will celebrate. For Troop 77, which is chartered from College Heights Christian Church, it was a happy occasion to recognize this highest honor a scout could ever receive.
    Two individuals in the ceremony were Roderick's parents, Paul and Dorinda Williams. Roderick pinned merit pins to his parents for their unyielding support in his endeavors.
    “I'm excited,” Dorinda said before the ceremony. “We are very, very proud of him. He's a comedian – the day he chose to do his board review was April Fool's Day … He's a very good kid with lot of enthusiasm and willing to help. He loves to lead and teach younger boys new badges. ”
    The crowd watched a slideshow of pictures, witnessing Roderick growing up in Boy Scouts. He's changed a lot since the first grade.
    “Scouts helped me prepare for all the things I'll have to do in the future, and has given me abilities I normally wouldn't have,” Roderick said.
    To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, Roderick had to complete a community service project in which he spent much time and effort. He did not disappoint in his completion of four Zumba platform stages with a detached staircase for the Joplin Boys & Girls Club and Sanoma.
    Part of the conclusion in the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony is the pledge – something that remains in the heart of all Eagle Scouts. Roderick pledged to live with honor, loyalty and service.
    “It's a grand accomplishment,” said Jack Trombley, as the final speaker during program. “Rod, I know you're going to soar.”
    Also earning a merit badge during the ceremony was Roderick's mentor and former Scout Master Ken Southwick.
    “It's really something to see a scout earn all the merit badges, go through the training, grow up and become a leader,” Southwick said. “When I was his Scout Master, he was focused, and definably the best cook in the troop. He was creative and the boys really got excited when he was in charge of the meals.”
    Roderick recently started working at Lucky J Steakhouse & Arena and will be a junior at Carthage High School this fall.

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