Eagle scout to be presented with award this Friday

Published on Thu, Oct 23, 2008
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Eagle scout to be presented with award this Friday

Paul Thomas Morell, 18 of Blaine, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to scouts, the Eagle Scout Award.

Paul will be recognized in a ceremony on Friday, October 24 at 7 p.m. at the Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 7039 Jackson Road.

A member of Troup #4028 which is chartered to Lynden’s Mt. Baker Rotary, Paul is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the rank.

Each candidate must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges (12 of which are specified as Eagle required) and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project to earn his Eagle.

For his leadership project Paul chose to write scripts and produce three vignettes (short movies) of how life used to be in the 1880s for the Lynden Pioneer Museum, under the mentorship of Troy Lugenbill, the museum’s curator.

He has served as chaplain aide, webmaster, librarian, assistant patrol leader (three times) and senior patrol leader, and received scouting honors of Arrow of Light, Fireman’s Chit, Totin’ Chit, and World Conservation.

Morell joins others who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Spielberg, and head of the F.B.I. William Sessions.

Morrell is a member of Birch Bay Bible Community Church and is currently attending Whatcom Community College where he is working on his associates of arts degree, and plans to transfer to University of Idaho. He is the son of Tom and Tricia Morell of Blaine.

The family would like to invite all interested community members, and particularly any Eagle Scouts, to attend the ceremony. Any former scouts and adult leaders who were in Troup 28 with Paul are also invited to attend the ceremony.