Jakob Sexton, son of Billy and Melissa Sexton of Mansfield, has achieved Boy Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.
Sexton, 18, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 1993, sponsored by First United Methodist Church of Mansfield, under the leadership of Scoutmasters Ivy Brush and most recently Stan Hamrick.
Jakob began his scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack 1993 at the age of 7 and continued through Cub Scouting to achieve the highest award, the Arrow of Light.
As a member of Troop 1993, Sexton has held numerous leadership positions including Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader, and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He has earned 29 merit badges, that have skilled him in life saving, survival and ecology. Sexton has attended many camp outings in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico and Colorado. In the summer of 2013, Sexton hiked 84 miles in 10 days, completing one of Scouting’s most difficult backpacking hikes at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Sexton coordinated a work crew of volunteer Scouts to build a sorting table, book shelf and rolling carts for the Wesley Mission Center in Mansfield. Under his supervision and direction, Scouts and adult volunteers completed the project that took more than 60 man hours.
By earning the rank of Eagle Scout, Jakob follows in the footsteps of his grandfather Harvey Parks and his late great-grandfather Samuel Parks, both Eagle Scouts.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scout program. Since the first Boy Scout earned his Eagle award more than 100 years ago, over 2 million young men have earned this distinction. Requirements include earning 21 merit badges and demonstrating leadership and community service. Fewer than 7 percent of Boy Scouts nationwide attain this illustrious rank.
Sexton is a senior at Mansfield High School and plans to attend Texas Tech University in the fall.