Thomas Y. Norton, a 17-year-old senior patrol leader of Boy Scout Troop #144, netted the highest award any scout can earn – the Eagle Scout Court of Honor Award. It is a sign of his leadership ability, which he drew upon to spearhead the renovation of the children's nursery at his place of worship, Mississippi Blvd. Christian Church.
With the help of Troop #144, friends and church and family members, Norton was able to go beyond the $1,500 budgeted to renovate the nursery. The nursery enhancements feature new paint and upgrades, including the electronics. The result is a more inviting learning space for the children at MBCC.
"This project has inspired me to become a better leader and businessman, which I believe will help me in my future endeavors," said Thomas, a senior at Memphis University School, who plans to attend the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and major in Supply Chain Management.
"The Eagle Scout Court of Honor has awarded me college scholarship money, the opportunity to explore new adventures, and having fun," said Thomas. "I feel good about myself because I earned and worked hard for this award. It was not given to me."
Scout Master Elzie Rosebud said Norton did and outstanding job on his Eagle Scout leadership project.
"The scouting program here at Mississippi Blvd Christian Church is a worthy program because we teach our boys to live the scout oath, scout law, and develop a relationship with God. Overall we have fun and we are very proud of our boys here at MBCC," said Rosebud.
Dr. Leroy Norton and his wife, Carla Norton, said, "Boy scouts have made Thomas a selfless young man that puts God first and loves helping others. We support and encourage him to follow his passion to accomplish the goals he sets for himself."
Being a Boy Scout has been a great experience, said Thomas.
"It has taught me how to be a good man and to assess the community.