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Earning his rank: Paradise student completes Eagle Scout project

By Racey Burden | Published Saturday, May 26, 2018
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EAGLE SCOUT – Paradise freshman Parker Burross built a stone bench in front of Paradise Junior High for his Eagle Scout project. Submitted photo

All through junior high, Parker Burross talked about doing his Eagle Scout project.

He talked about it so often his principal, Greg Fletcher, took note. When Parker, a Paradise freshman, approached him about doing the project for the school, Fletcher already had an idea in mind.

Right in front of the school by the flag pole there was a bare strip of grass Parker was very familiar with.

“I had been raising the flags and putting them down every day since the beginning of sixth grade. This was part of my junior high experience,” he said. “[Fletcher] asked me to do something with the flag pole, and I said, ‘Of course.'”

After three months of planning Parker decided to build a low, stone bench there.

Over Christmas break, using donated stone, Parker and his troop, Boy Scout Troop No. 194 of Bridgeport, built the bench.

“The hardest part was the weather,” Parker said. “It was so cold some days you couldn’t lay mortar or it would freeze.”

They also added a flower bed in front of the wall to complete the project.

“I showed up after Christmas break and there it was,” Fletcher said. “It really makes our school look so much better. It’s more inviting for the students.”

Building the bench was Parker’s final step in becoming an Eagle Scout, a ranking he was officially bestowed this spring.

“It’s an honor,” Parker said. “It’s such a great feeling, knowing all this hard work is coming together.”

His mother, Misty, said Scouts is just one of Parker’s activities. He’s the school mascot, competes in UIL academics and one act play and takes college classes at Weatherford College Wise County.

“The question is what doesn’t Parker do?” Misty said.

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