Hickory student earns Eagle Scout rank

ContributedMitchell French, second from left, holds a state legislative proclamation honoring him for reaching Eagle Scout rank. With French are, from left, his father, Bill; his mother, Julie; and state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-7, Hermitage. 

Mitchell French, 18, of Hermitage has earned the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement award offered by the Boy Scouts of America. Only 4% of all Boy Scouts attain Eagle Scout rank.

Mitchell, a member of Troop #7, was honored in a ceremony on May 2 at Clark Trinity United Methodist Church. Pastor Anthony Kladitis of Faith Presbyterian Church and state Rep. Mark Longietti, D-7, Hermitage were among the special guests for the ceremony.

Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully plan, design and lead a service project benefiting the community, a religious institution or a school to earn Eagle Scout rank. Mitchell’s project consisted of power washing and rehabilitating a pavilion by sanding and staining picnic tables, reconstructing a flower bed, and sanding, staining, and re-lettering of two signs at Clark Trinity United Methodist Church.

Mitchell is a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, and a senior at Hickory High School. At Hickory High School, he has been active in the band, soccer, indoor track and the Entrepreneurship Academy at LindenPointe.

Mitchell is a son of Bill and Julie French of Hermitage.

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