Local teens earn Eagle Scout rank


SOAR LIKE AN EAGLE – Incoming senior Andrew Villard and 2022 grad Alex Bouwens have achieved Eagle Scout status, the highest rank of Scouts BSA. – Photo courtesy of Monica Bouwens

It helps being well-grounded when soaring with eagles.

Alex Bouwens, a 2022 La Conner High School grad, and Andrew Villard, an incoming senior, have parlayed self-discipline, perseverance and a commitment to public service into achieving Eagle Scout status, the seventh and highest rank of Scouts BSA.

It is an achievement only 5% of scouts attain.

To earn the Eagle rank, scouts must exhibit sustained leadership in their troop while earning 21 merit badges, 12 of which are required. Those badges reflect a wide-ranging skill set, from physical fitness and citizenship to first aid and emerge...

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