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Trio of Boy Scouts to receive Eagle Awards

Dante R. Broadnax, Brandon C. Hamilton, and Michael D. Kinloch are scheduled to officially join the ranks of men who can say they are “an Eagle Scout for life,” during a joint Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Saturday, at Riverdale First United Methodist Church.

Dante R. Broadnax, Brandon C. Hamilton, and Michael D. Kinloch are scheduled to officially join the ranks of men who can say they are “an Eagle Scout for life,” during a joint Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Saturday, at Riverdale First United Methodist Church.

Three members of Boy Scouts of America Troop 963, in Riverdale, are set to become Eagle Scouts this weekend.

Dante R. Broadnax, Brandon C. Hamilton, and Michael D. Kinloch are scheduled to officially join the ranks of men who can say they are “an Eagle Scout for life,” during a joint Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Saturday, at Riverdale First United Methodist Church.

Dante Broadnax is the son of Lorenzo and Gloria Broadnax. His Eagle Scout Service Project was to restore the back porch, and handicap ramp for the Bethel Schoolhouse at Stately Oaks Plantation, in Jonesboro, according to a news release from the troop. He is a senior at Riverdale High School, and plans to begin attending Georgia State University this summer.

Brandon Hamilton is the son of Troy and Cheryl Hamilton. His Eagle Scout Service Project was to build a wheel chair accessible, 60-foot, stone walkway at Stately Oaks, the troop announced. He is a junior at Riverdale High School.

Michael Kinloch is the son of DeWitt and Westeria Kinloch. His Eagle Scout Service Project was to build an arbor and meditation garden for Riverdale First United Methodist Church, according to the troop’s new release. He is a senior at Charles Drew High School, and plans to join the U.S. Marine Corps this summer.

More than 2 million Boy Scouts have earned the Eagle Scout Award — which is the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve — since the Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1912, according to the organization’s web site, scouting.org/.

To achieve the Eagle Scout Award, a Boy Scout must rise through five preceding ranks, earn 21 merit badges, serve six months in a troop leadership position, plan and carry out a community service project, participate in a scoutmaster conference, and pass an Eagle Scout Board of Review.

The National Eagle Scout Association’s web site — www.nesa.org — lists famous Eagle Scouts, who include former President Gerald Ford, astronaut Neil Armstrong, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe, former New York Knicks small forward Bill Bradley, and musician John Tesh.