On Sunday, June 25, 2017 Christopher Horton, Jr. was honored for achieving the highest rank in Boy Scouts: the Eagle Scout Award. Christopher began his journey with Pack 32 in Marion earning the highest level in Cub Scouts, the Arrow of Light, before advancing to Boy Scouts Troop 32. In Troop 32, Christopher advanced through all of the ranks, earning many merit badges and various achievements before completing his Eagle Scout project.
Christopher created two benches that surround trees of the First Congregational Church of Marion. The church also served as the host for Christopher’s award ceremony and reception where friends, family and scouting leaders met to honor the recent ORRHS graduate. Christopher noted that he is headed to Suffolk University to study marketing and business law in the fall, and part of the reason he has been accepted is directly correlated to the prestige that comes with earning the Eagle Scout Award. He encouraged all younger scouts to complete this challenging journey.
Speakers Kathy Giles, Kristen Saint Don-Campbell, Scoutmaster Paul St. Don, and Zora St. Don all remarked on Christopher’s outgoing personality and several speakers mentioned his great skills as a chef as well. One of Christopher’s mentors, Peter Sowden, spoke about the challenges of completing an Eagle project and about Christopher’s perseverance. Robert Nakashian, former Troop Parent Committee Chairman, commented that Christopher has learned a great deal by completing his Eagle project, and if he was ever asked if he was an ideas man or a doer that Christopher could answer, “I’ve been both.”