Matthew Yearout of Tucumcari was awarded Scouting’s highest award, the Eagle Scout rank by Boy Scout Troop 689 of the Tucumcari Branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“This is something I have had as a goal since I was in Cub Scouts,” said Yearout during the presentation.
Another goal he set early on was to earn a high number of merit badges. By the time the scout earned his Eagle rank he had also earned 40 different merit badges and had participated in two different 50-mile hikes. The first hike was on the Washington State segment of the Cascade crest Trail and the second was around Mora.
Yearout is a graduate of House Alternative School and will attend Mesalands Community College with plans to serve a two year church mission.
His Eagle project was done earlier this year in the Outdoor Classroom area. Yearout is the son of John and Susanne Yearout of Tucumcari.