MT. VERNON — Not everyone who begins Boy Scouts finishes. In fact, for every 100 Scouts, 30 of the them will drop out. Leland Ferguson, 17, of Mt. Vernon is not one of them. Ferguson achieved Scouting's highest honor on Monday night at St. Mary Church, receiving the Eagle award. Only three out of every 100 Scouts achieve the Eagle award.Ferguson, who has attained 38 merit badges, became the fifth Eagle to come out of Troop 103 — following Dylan Glowicki, Devon Riley, Jeffrey Wright and Nick Neubauer. Michael Wright recently finished his work toward the Eagle but a formal presentation has not been made, according to troop leaders."I want to thank these awesome people (leaders) for everything they've done," Ferguson said in accepting the award. "I want to thank my parents, fellow Scouts, leaders and my church."Ferguson attends Victory Christian Center and will graduate this spring. He is also a full time student at Rend Lake College."As much as I see it now, this will have a huge impact on my life," Ferguson continued. "Scouting has taught me to respect and honor others. It has shaped me into what I am, and I'm thankful. And the most important thing it has taught me is my relationship with God. I can't do anything my myself."His pastor, the Rev. Bob Myer, said, "I like to win in life. I see Leland playing to win in life."Comments were also made in Ferguson's behalf by Troop Leader Charles Milt and former Scoutmaster John White.Merit badges were also presented to Jason Barciszewski, Noah Burk, Pasha Harrington, Wyatt Schrader and Michael Wright.
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