Andrew Austin is a proud and deserving new Eagle Scout.

Since he was 8 years old, Andrew Austin has had just two wishes – to become an Eagle Scout and to join the Navy like his grandfather Randy, and his aunt Erin, to fly planes. On Tuesday, Dec. 9, he’ll get his first wish.

Austin, 17, of Boy Scout Troop 20, will be honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony at 7 p.m. at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church. His friends, families and troop members will be in attendance.

To earn Scouting’s highest award, Austin had to earn 21 merit badges, serve as a leader in his troop and crew, and complete a major community service project.

Austin's service project took place at his Scout house, leading Scouts and adults in the construction of 20 wooden boxes for the organization Pets for Vets. The project consisted of building toy boxes for shelter dogs that are rescued, rehabilitated and placed with military veterans. The project took more than two months to complete.

Austin has been a member of Troop 20, chartered to St. Matthew’s United Methodist, for six years. He has served the troop as quartermaster, patrol leader and as a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. He has also worked as a volunteer at Jesse Jones Park for the past three years.

Austin is a junior at Quest Early College High School. He plans to study aeronautical engineering or military science and then serve with the U.S. Navy upon graduation.


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