Three Boy Scouts who have been together in Scouting since first grade attained the Eagle rank in a joint ceremony June 13 at Mount Zion United Methodist Church.
Eagle Scout is the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.
Allen Johnson, Nick Short and Andy Wilson, all 18, attained Eagle rank as members of Troop 10, sponsored by Mount Zion church.
Johnson graduated from North Mecklenburg High School's IB program. He will attend Columbia University in the fall to study English. His parents are Robert "Bo" and Debbie Johnson of Cornelius.
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Johnson's Eagle Scout service project was to develop a camp site at Fisher Farms Park for the town of Davidson.
Short graduated from Hopewell High School. He will attend UNCCharlotte in the fall, majoring in engineering. His parents are Mike and Liza Short of Cornelius.
Short's service project was to expand the amphitheater used for teaching at the Carolina Raptor Center at Latta Plantation in Huntersville.
Wilson graduated from Lake Norman High School in Mooresville. He will attend Mitchell Community College in the fall for general studies. His parents are Rick and Maria Wilson.
Wilson's Eagle project was to renovate a rain-damaged choir room at Mount Zion church, his home church.
All three were active in Scouting for 12 years, Scoutmaster Tom Hemstreet said.
After completing fifth grade, they crossed over from Cub Scouts into the Boy Scout Troop. Together they have 36 years of Scouting and have now aged out of Boy Scouts.
The three raised a collective $4,000 and put in a total of about 500 hours of community service for their projects.