Dipo Fageyinbo recently became Boy Scout Troop 118’s 156th Eagle Scout – and the first African-American to achieve the honor from the troop, which was founded in Southeast Charlotte in 1969.
Fageyinbo’s mother, Funmi M. Mojasegunlo, stood by his side at the Eagle Court of Honor on Nov. 25.
Scout leaders have rallied around Fageyinbo since he joined the troop as a middle-schooler. He has a speech impediment and physical limitations and comes from a single-parent home.
His project was to do repairs and clean-up work at Boyce Park off Sardis Road. A large number of scouts from Troop 118 came out to help him.
“I just thank God for all of the help and all of the love Troop 118 has given him,” Mojasegunlo said after her son’s Eagle ceremony. “They have become friends to Dipo and our entire family.”
Troop leaders praised Fageyinbo’s confidence and impact.
“It’s one of my proudest accomplishments since I’ve been a scoutmaster,” said Troop 118 Scoutmaster Stephen Pace, who has volunteered with the troop since it was founded. “We’ve been his family, and we’re proud of him.”
Scout leader Alan Withrow accepted Fageyinbo’s mentor pin at the Eagle ceremony, which the scout gives to a non-parent who was instrumental in helping him achieve his Eagle rank.
“Of all the Scouts I’ve ever known, his positive attitude, manners and appreciation are a much-needed influence on the other Scouts in our troop,” Withrow said. “Dipo has given more to this troop than he has received.”
Fageyinbo, 18, will graduate from Myers Park High School in the spring and said he plans to attend Central Piedmont Community College and pursue a writing career.
Marty Minchin is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email her at email@example.com.
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