Three from Henrietta earn rank of Eagle Scout

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Boy Scout Troop 91 members Daniel Sheldon, Levi Hedrick and Joe Dell Williams where presented with the rank of Eagle Scout during a ceremony Sunday afternoon.

Boy Scout Troop 91 of Henrietta held an assembly Sunday afternoon at the Henrietta Church of Christ, presenting three of its own, Daniel Sheldon, Levi Hedrick and Joe Dell Williams, with the rank of Eagle Scout.

“Today is a very important day to these three men, but also in our troop and in our community,” said Scoutmaster Joe Bill Brock of the Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony.

Daniel Sheldon, 18, is the son of Cindy Sheldon of Henrietta and Allen Sheldon of Ponca City, Okla. He is a senior at Henrietta High School, and involved in band, cross country, UIL science and UIL computer science. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Chess Club and percussion ensemble. He has qualified to compete in all-state UIL solo and ensemble and marching band. He has been nominated by his teachers for the United States Achievement Academy award for two years. He is a member of the Henrietta Church of Christ.

Sheldon began his scouting career as a Tiger Cub in Edmond Okla. He joined Troop 91 in 2006. With Troop 91, he has participated in Rendezvous, winter camps, and merit badge colleges, and earned 28 merit badges. He has been inducted into the Order of the Arrow, and in 2010, traveled to Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M. He has served Troop 91 as Chaplain and Senior Patrol Leader.

For his Eagle Scout project, Sheldon designed and installed a raised flower garden around a fountain on the grounds of the Kell House in Wichita Falls. Sheldon drafted plans, raised funds, organized donations and volunteers, and installed the garden under the guidance of master gardeners at the Kell House.

Sheldon’s honors and awards include God and Family, 50-Miler, Order of the Arrow and Mile Swim.

Levi Hedrick, 17, is the son of James and Michelle Hedrick of Henrietta. He is a junior at Henrietta High School, an involved in FFA, cross country, concert, marching and jazz bands, where he has qualified for state. He is a member of the Clay County 4-H, participating in Horse, Rifle and Shotgun Clubs. Last season he was president of the Rifle Club. He is a member of the Cowboy Church of Henrietta.

Hedrick began scouting in Belleville, Ill., as a Tiger Cub in Pack 19, Den 3. He transferred his membership to Pack 92 in Henrietta after moving to Texas in late 2003, and later became a member of Boy Scout Troop 91. He has participated in five summer camps, two winter camps and several merit badge colleges, earning 26 badges. He held the position of troop quartermaster for several years, ensuring equipment was available and in good condition when needed. In 2010, Hedrick traveled to Cimarron, N.M. to take part in a Philmont Boy Scout Ranch mountain expedition.

For his Eagle Scout project, Hedrick worked with the City of Henrietta and Kiwanis Little League to install a detachable outfield fence to shorten the distance for younger players. The portable fence can be removed for older teams, or when needed. The project included the installation of magnetic bases that separate from their grounding posts to prevent injury to players sliding into them. The project was designed to increase the safety and versatility of the ball fields.

Honors and awards earned by Hedrick include the Arrow of Light, Pope Paul VI Unit Award and the 50-miler.

Joe Dell Williams, 17, is the son of Scott and Kerri Williams of Henrietta. He is a junior at Henrietta High School, serving as vice president of his class. He is a member of the National Honor Society, FFA, H-Pride and PALS. He plays varsity football and is a team captain for the varsity baseball team. He is a member of the Henrietta Church of Christ and the Members of Church of Christ of Scouting.

Williams began his scouting career in Lampasas, and completed Cub Scouts in Ada, Okla., crossing over into Boy Scouts. He joined Troop 91 after moving to Henrietta in 2006. While with Troop 91, Williams participated in Rendezvous, winter camps and merit badge colleges, earning 25 badges. In 2010, he traveled to the Philmont Boy Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., where he and his troop mates hiked about 80 miles. Williams has served his troop as petrol leader, assistant petrol leader, senior patrol leader, assistant senior petrol leader and quartermaster. He was recently elected to serve as secretary for the House of Eagles.

For his Eagle Scout project, Williams chose his two loves: Baseball and helping others. Williams teamed with the Henrietta Kiwanis Club to construct shelving units and umpire lockers at the baseball complex at Hapgood Park in Henrietta.

Honors and awards earned by Williams include the Arrow of Light, Joyful Servant and 50-Miler.

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