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.