Sixteen-year-old Longview resident Liam Ronan Wilson has earned the highest rank offered by the Boy Scouts of America, recently accepting his Eagle Scout decoration in a Court of Honor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. This son of Vincent and Beverly Wilson had already earned 38 merit badges and completed a service project at a recycle center on St. Mary’s School campus.

Among the several leadership positions he has held in his troop are Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader. During his Cub Scout days he earned the Arrow of Light decoration, the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem, and is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow.

This busy St. Mary’s high school junior has advanced through all Boy Scout ranks as a member of Troop 200, which is sponsored by Knights of Columbus #11093. Although it has been just five years since Troop 200 was re-instituted it has been serving the Longview community since 1952, and has produced 28 Eagle Scouts.

Troop 200 maintains community service projects throughout Longview, at St. Mary’s Church and School, and helps feed the hungry through Newgate Mission. The troop also takes part in the annual Scouting for Food program which collects food for Longview Community Ministries.

Only 5% of all Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle. He is one of two million scouts to earn this status since 1912. Regardless of their rank, all Scouts pursue the goals of citizenship training, character development and personal fitness.

Congratulations Liam Wilson!