WHS senior earns his Eagle Scout status
Feb. 8, 2017
Watervliet High School senior Ben Wheatley has achieved an honor that only a fraction of young men across the U.S. accomplish. He recently earned Eagle Scout status – the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. Approximately five percent of Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout, according to the Boys Scouts of America website.
Ben, who has been involved with the Scouts since the age of 12, earned in excess of 21 merit badges, the minimum required for Eagle Scout status, and has participated in and led community service projects with increasing levels of responsibility to demonstrate his leadership, project management, and interpersonal skills.
An honor roll student, Ben credits his participation in Scouts with his academic success. “I have better organizational, leadership and management skills because of my experience with the Scouts,” he said. “It better prepares you for life, in general. You learn to put yourself out there, be involved and interact with others.”
Ben plans to attend Hudson Valley Community College after he graduates to study network and communications systems, and then transfer to a four-year school to earn his bachelor's degree.
He thanks his parents, his troop leaders and fellow Scouts for their support during his journey to earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Congratulations Ben!