KNOXVILLE—Austin Sexton of Knoxville was presented with Scouting’s high honor of Eagle Scout at the Spring Court of Honor on Monday, April 29, 2019 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Farragut, TN.

The rank of Eagle is earned by six percent of all youth who join Boy Scouts of America. To obtain this high honor a Scout must obtain at least 21 merit badges, hold a position of responsibility for six months and demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and completing an approved Eagle Scout community service project.

Sexton, 15, is a freshman at Farragut High School and an active member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church. He is a member of Boy Scout Troop 125 of the Great Smoky Mountain Council, Toqua District, under the leadership of Scoutmasters Tony Rouso and Mike Mason.

As a member of Troop 125, Sexton has held numerous leadership positions including Chaplain Aide, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader.

For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Sexton coordinated a work crew that renovated the outdoor classroom for Saint John Neumann Catholic School. Under his direction a team of Scouts and adult volunteers demolished the old, deteriorated seating and lecture area. The team then reconstructed a new stage, podium, and benches with pressure treated lumber and weather proof stain. In addition, they expanded the size of the classroom by removing grass, installing a plastic edge border and spreading rubber mulch. The new and improved materials will ensure that the classroom will be enjoyed for many years to come. The project was completed with more than 95 volunteer man-hours.

Sexton, is the son of Steve and Carla (Gilland) Sexton and brother to Connor. He is the grandson of Carl and Dortha Gilland, Newport and Michele Sexton and the late Prentice Sexton, Jefferson City.

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