LAKE WYLIE -- John "Andrew" Brown, 17, of Lake Wylie and member of Boy Scout Troop 140 received the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouting's highest achievement, Sunday during a Court of Honor Ceremony at Divine Saviour Catholic Church in York. Brown also was to be knighted into the Order of the Neckerchief, a tradition available only to those who achieve the rank of Eagle.
In order to receive this rank of Eagle, a young man must progress through six ranks, earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, demonstrate leadership in his troop, and organize and lead a service project that benefits the community.
In developing his Eagle Project, Brown wanted to achieve a permanent way to make the Fr. Henry Tevlin Pavilion, located at Divine Saviour Catholic Church, more inviting and aesthetically pleasing. He organized and led volunteers in the landscaping of the grounds and also installing a new water irrigation system to aid in the maintenance of the new landscaping around the pavilion. Brown spent many months with volunteers researching and executing his project.
Brown, an 11th grader at Clover High School, also is the 2009 Region 4A Individual Wrestling champ and qualified for the 2009 S.C. State Individual Wrestling Competition. He has wrestled for five years as a Clover Blue Eagle. He is involved in several school organizations and is an active youth member of Divine Saviour.
He has been involved with Scouting since he joined Cub Scouts when he was 6 years old. Since joining Boy Scout Troop 140 at age 11, Brown has been under the guidance of former Scoutmaster Chick Morrill and current Scoutmaster Ed Kelly.
He is the second eldest son of Kenneth and Amy Brown of Lake Wylie. He joins his older brother, Brandon, as the second Eagle Scout in his family.