Joshua Ray Byerley, 18, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award.
Byerley earned the rank of Eagle Scout on Dec. 21, 2016, and was honored in an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on April 9 at Lovelaceville Missionary Baptist Church. Byerley is a member of Boy Scout Troop 2066 sponsored by the Barlow United Methodist Church.
The requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout include earning 21 merit badges, serving actively in a troop leadership position and completing an Eagle Scout service project. Byerley's Eagle Scout service project was the construction of 10 outdoor benches for the Land Between the Lakes 1850 Homeplace to be used by the LBL staff during program presentations to groups and visitors.
Byerley has served in Troop 2066 leadership positions as a patrol leader and instructor. He also earned the World Conservation Award. He attended the Scouting National High Adventure Florida Sea Base and the National Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
He is an active member in the Lovelaceville Missionary Baptist Church youth group. He has been on the Ballard Memorial High School honor roll four years with a 3.5 GPA and received a national science award in 2012. He is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America, Pep Club, Varsity Soccer team, Marching Band and tennis team. Byerley is also in the U.S. Marines Delayed Entry Program.
He is the son of Joe Byerley and Edra Green.