Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 10, 2012

McCoy awarded Eagle Scout rank


CROSSVILLE — Jordan Matthew McCoy was recently awarded his Eagle Scout rank from the Boy Scouts of America. He is the son of Mike and Angela McCoy and a member of Venturing Crew #857.

McCoy has been involved with scouting since he was eight years old. Fewer than five percent of all scouts achieve the rank of Eagle. McCoy earned the award by working his way through the ranks of the BSA, including earning 21 merit badges, holding leadership positions within the troop, and performing service to the community.

A major component of the Eagle award is to plan and execute a special service project while exhibiting leadership. McCoy's project was a pantry drive for the House of Hope, which provides temporary shelter and aid to children who are removed from dangerous environments.  McCoy was able to collect more than 2,500 pounds of donated non-perishable and canned foods, baby items and diapers, household goods and clothing for the House of Hope.

A ceremony was held Nov. 24 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, during which McCoy was presented with his Eagle rank by Crew Advisor Freddy Conley. Tom Shallcross, who has been in scouting for 60 years, was the master of ceremonies and was also selected by McCoy as the recipient of the Mentor's Pin. A reception followed the ceremony and was attended by many family members and friends who congratulated McCoy on his achievement.

McCoy is a 2012 graduate of Cumberland County High School and is currently attending Roane State Community College while working towards a degree in communications.