by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor

OWOSSO HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR THOMAS SUTPHEN (left) was officially named a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout during an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony Sunday, May 1 at the Shiawassee Regional Education Department in Corunna. His three brothers (from left), Matt, Tim, and Chris, all Eagle Scouts themselves, led Thomas through the Eagle Charge during the ceremony, and their mother, Lisa, and father, Jim, presented Thomas with his Eagle Scout pin and certificate, respectively. (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) held an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony to name Thomas Sutphen, an Owosso High School senior and member of Boy Scout Troop 420, an Eagle Scout. Thomas followed in the footsteps of his three older brothers, Chris, Tim, and Matt, in becoming an Eagle Scout, and he attained the prestigious rank by completing an extensive remodeling of the Lodge Building at Kiwanis Acres in Owosso to fulfill his service project requirement.

More than 600 hours were spent rehabbing the building, with repairs including: removing the building’s old roof and installing a new metal roof, the installation of six new windows and a steel entry door, repairing and re-capping both of the building’s chimneys, rebuilding the shutters, repairing the foundation and porch supports, re-grading the ground surrounding the building, and the removal of dead trees that could potentially damage the building. Many Owosso Kiwanis representatives attended the ceremony, and Kiwanis member Dave Shepard personally thanked Sutphen for his work, saying, “You are really going places, I can tell.”

While Sutphen spent a considerable amount of time and energy on his Eagle Scout project, he acknowledges that scouting has been “a way of life” for him. His mother and father are scout leaders, and he has watched his three brothers devote their lives to the organization, which made an obvious impact on the youngest brother.

Thomas’ mother showed a video presentation during the ceremony detailing most of Thomas’ scouting accomplishments, including the 31 Merit Badges he earned along the way to obtaining his Eagle Scout status. Additionally, as the youngest member of a scouting family, Thomas has participated in 11 Eagle Scout projects since becoming a Tiger Cub in 2004.

BSA Water Woods Council Service Executive Deontrae Wilson congratulated Sutphen during the ceremony, and Matt and Jim Sutphen detailed the requirements of Eagle Scout candidates. Eagle Scouts must “live with honor,” a quality which Matt called “the foundation of all personal characteristics,” in addition to being loyal, courageous, cheerful, and committed to serving the community.

Tim Sutphen was the master of ceremonies for the event, and he pointed out that less than five percent of scouts attain the highest BSA rank of Eagle Scout, an honor that is “held for life,” or put more appropriately, “Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”

Owosso Family Celebrates Newest Eagle Scout was last modified: May 4th, 2016 by Karen Elford