January 19, 2011 —
by Catherine Raeff
On Sunday, January 16th, seniors Jacob Enerson and Thomas High were elevated to the rank of Eagle Scout from Hudson Troop 602. This is the highest level of achievement within the Boy Scouts of America. Jake earned 24 Merit Badges and Tom earned 25 Merit Badges for a full caliber of activities, which included sports, local, national and world citizenship, wilderness and emergency survival, environmental sciences and personal fitness/management.
John and Lisa Enerson, Scoutmaster Brian and Lynnette High, the parents of Jake and Tom respectively, along with grandparents, siblings, friends, and Hudson High teachers and coaches gathered at Hudson Congregational Church to enjoy presentations by State Senator Bruce Caswell, Representative Nancy Jenkins, Area V.P. Great Sauk Trail Council Dan Deverall and Assistant Scout Master Steve Tennis. Pastor Dr. Thomas Burke of Hudson Congregational Church gave the invocation and Pastor Fred Neumann of First United Methodist Church gave the benediction prior to the celebratory luncheon.
Interesting and inspiring facts about the Eagle Scouts’ impact on the culture and in the workplace today were delivered by Dan Deverall. Did you know, for example, that for every 100 scouts that participate in a troop only two of those boys will attain their Eagle Scout ranking? Eagle Scouts make up a noteworthy percentage of Secret Service men, airline pilots and military leaders. The virtues taught and character-building activities of the scouting program cannot be underestimated in the lives of these young men.
Jake and Tom, congratulations on your achievements and thank you for giving to the Hudson community your example of hard work, accomplishment and honor!