Photo by Hannah Spencer
Evan Michael Anderson, son of Ed Anderson and Tee Stock of 49 Hillcrest Road, received his Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor held Sunday, January 6, at the VFW Hall in Needham.
Although Boy Scouts of America has existed for 106 years, only 6 percent of its members have attained this highest award. Evan joined Cub Scouts in 2007 in Pack 7 and crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 13 in early 2011. Over the years since, he earned 27 merit badges, and together with other members of Troop 13, completed his Eagle project with the Carter United Methodist Church in Needham. Under Evan’s leadership, the group built a new dumpster pad to replace the former dumpster pad that was often flooded. With the cooperation of Scouts, their leaders, and local businesses, they excavated hundreds of cubic feet of dirt, placed bracing and structural material, and poured concrete. Lastly, they installed a fence around the dumpster pad.
Eagle Scout Tyler Smith welcomed fellow scouts and guests to the Court of Honor and with Senior Patrol Leader Zachary Cullison presented the colors. Scoutmaster James Murphy explained during the ceremony that the Eagle Scout award is a significant symbol for what a young man has done, but more important what he will do in the future. He sets an example for other scouts, said Mr. Murphy. Other parts of the ceremony included presentation of the insignia, memorabilia, and commendations by Sarah Bassett, Troop 13 committee chair. Assistant Scoutmaster Tim Huemiller gave the Eagle Charge to Evan, who in accepting it gave brief remarks. State Representative Denise C. Garlick and State Senator Michael F. Rush presented resolutions of commendation from Beacon Hill, including from Governor Charlie Baker, as well as from the speaker of the House and president of the Senate.
A graduate of Needham High School, class of 2018, Evan is attending Northeastern University. Pursuing a degree in environmental engineering, Evan is a member of the college squash team and is working part-time at Northeastern’s First Year Learning and Innovation Center.