Tuesday, June 3, 2014
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Eagle Scout Dylan Miessner, center, is congratulated by Boy Scout Troop 93 Advancement Chair Jed Aten, left, and Scoutmaster Jeremy Whigham, right, for earning the Eagle Scout Award. This award is given to only a select few Boy Scouts for leadership and community participation. Miessner will attend Idaho’s BYU-Idaho in the fall. (Special photo)
COVINGTON — After graduating with a 4.0 grade point average from Georgia Cyber Academy, a local teenager has earned the Eagle Scout Award — the highest-ranking award in the Boy Scouts of America.
Dylan Miessner, a member of Troop 93 chartered to the Covington Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, earned 26 merit badges and built 16 large step-stools as a part of his Eagle Scout Service Project. Community advocation such as this ultimately led to him receiving the Eagle Scout Award, according to his mother, Laura Miessner.
He has additionally served as a Senior Patrol leader in the Scouts and is a member of the National Honor Society and Senior Beta Club.
“Dylan is a wonderful example of all that a Scout should be,” said Troop 93 Advancement Chair Jed Aten. “He has worked hard to achieve the rank of Eagle. I am certain that he will continue to represent the values of Scouting in all he does throughout his life.”
Dylan’s mother went on to add that only approximately 7 percent of Boy Scouts proceed to achieve the Eagle Scout Award. Former President Gerald Ford, astronaut Neil Armstrong, director Steven Spielberg and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld are among those who have earned the prestigious award.
Dylan has theatrical interests, taking part in plays with the Christian Youth Performers and volunteering at the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern.
In the fall, he will be venturing west to attend Brigham Young University-Idaho, a private Mormon college in the town of Rexburg, Idaho, to major in computer information technology.