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Rep. John Lewis Pins Honors in Historic Eagle Scout Ceremony

December 18, 2006
Press Release

Rep. John Lewis will participate in an extremely rare ceremony on Friday October 13th at 7 PM at First Iconium Baptist Church located at 542 Moreland Avenue, SE in Atlanta. He will participate in the Court of Honor of Troop 542 to induct three of its members into the brotherhood of Eagle Scouts. The Eagle Scout is the highest award obtainable from the Boy Scouts of America organization. Only 5 percent of all boy scouts earn the Eagle Scout honor, yet their ranks include notable Americans, such as the distinguished U.S. Senator from Georgia Sam Nunn, Apollo astronaut James Lovell, founder and Chairman of the Marriot Corporation J.W. Marriott, former President Gerald Ford, and former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Thomas Foley.

Very few scouts from one troop ever obtain the honor, and even fewer troops have inducted three young men into those honored ranks at one time. The award recognizes outstanding performance in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. The three inductees are:

Anderson Hood III (17) who receives the award after earning 21+ merit badges and completing the construction of a prayer stand and the redecoration of a church prayer chapel. Anderson is a student at Southwest Dekalb High School and hopes to attend Harvard University.

Lawrence Johnson (18) who receives the award after earning 21+ merit badges and conducting a women's essentials drive to assemble personal care packages and supplies for a battered women's shelter. Lawrence is a freshman at Morehouse College on a full academic scholarship.

Gregory McDowell (17) who receives the award after earning 21+ merit badges and completing the construction of benches and the renovation of a children's playground. Gregory is a student at Southside High School and plans to open his own 1-stop automotive maintenance and repair business after studying automotive mechanics.

"I am pleased and delighted to participate in this historic ceremony," said Rep. Lewis. "There is too much emphasis on young men who lose their way and present a challenge to our society. For every one of those, there are so many more fine young people who want to make meaningful contributions with their lives. As a city and a community of neighbors, we need to celebrate these young men and hold up their achievement as an example to other youth. I am very proud of Troop 542 and the accomplishments of these three young men."