Young men become Eagle Scouts

Ryker Thompson, Creed Alexander, Justin Larremore and Brice Stone became official Eagle Scouts Tuesday during a luncheon hosted by the Boy Scouts of America. JESSIE HORTON/E-T

"Eagle Scouts have made their marks throughout history — from walking on the moon and working behind the desk in the Oval Office to running the bases in the major leagues. And while we're proud to claim some truly great men in American history among our ranks, we're even more proud that every day Eagle Scouts become wonderful husbands, fathers and citizens." - Bob Mazzuca, chief scout executive of Boy Scouts of America.

On Tuesday, Erath County Boy Scouts honored four young men who have joined the ranks as Eagle Scouts. Creed Alexander, Troop 18, Stephenville; Ryker Thompson, Troop 68, Stephenville; Justin Larremore, Troop 39, Stephenville; and Brice Stone, Troop 39, Stephenville were all named 2012 Erath County High School Eagle Scouts during a luncheon at City Hall at City Limits.

Matt Frazier, Troop 39, was also recognized as an Eagle Scout, but was not present Tuesday.

Cody Hobbs, Troop 68, Stephenville; Zac Perez, Troop 30, Dublin; and Christopher McLatchy, Troop 18, Stephenville were also honored at the event. These young men are the three 2012 Eagle Scouts who have already graduated from high school.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. To earn the honor a scout must complete a community service project, earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate Scout spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership. This includes an extensive service project the scout plans, organizes, leads and manages. The Eagle Scouts were presented with a medal and badge that visibly recognizes their accomplishments.

Master of ceremonies was Judge Steve Ellis, who serves as the president of the Texas Trails Council for the Boy Scouts, and Doug Moore, senior district executive of the Texas Trails Council, gave the Eagle recognition.

After the new Eagles were honored and given their certificates, special centennial badges and medals, Moore called all present Eagles to the front of the stage to be honored along with the young men.

"Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout," he said to a standing ovation by the crowd of more than 50 residents.