BY NATHAN DUKE
South Ozone Park’s Kyle O. Williams, 17, has earned the highest award in scouting—the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout Award.
Williams will be recognized in a National Eagle Scout Court of Honor on March 17 at Cambria Heights’ St. David’s Episcopal Church at 2:30 p.m.
Each Eagle Scout candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, school, church or synagogue-related service project to earn the Eagle, which is attained by 25 percent of Boy Scouts. Williams is the eighth Boy Scout to be recognized as an Eagle Scout from Troop 627, according to Scoutmaster Alphonzo Parks III.
Williams earned 36 merit badges and chose to collect travel-sized toiletries, sending them to soldiers currently deployed in Afghanistan. He said that he believed it was important to remind soldiers serving overseas that they have support at home.
He has served as assistant patrol leaders, patrol leader and senior patrol leaders. Williams has also participated in community service at Jamaica’s Roy Wilkins Recreation Center and was once named NY 1’s “person of the week.”
Williams is a senior at Ozone Park’s High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture. He is a member of the school’s track team and has competed as a jumper and received medals as a sprinter.
Williams has been accepted into everything to which he has applied, however, he is interested in becoming an electrician. This led him to an apprenticeship program with the Local 3, IBEW electricians union.
Kyle is the son of Eagle Scout Richard O. Williams Jr. and Dawn Williams.
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