Mason Standifird was presented with Eagle Scout status in a Court of Honor Friday, Dec. 17.
Standifird grew up in Payson with a love of the outdoors. He is an accomplished outdoorsman and enjoys hunting virtually everything. In fact, he recently participated in what he refers to as “Quail Armageddon” with his father. He is also a skilled fisherman of small streams and rivers.
Standifird enjoys “hanging out” with his friends and has been an active member of Payson Tae Kwon Do for nine years. He currently has his red/black belt and expects to earn his black belt within a year.
Standifird is no stranger to leadership —he has served as the freshman class president and as patrol troop leader.
Standifird said he lives by a code, “Never compromise what is right; always stand up for what is good and true.”
He is sensitive to the needs of others and an absolute gentleman. He never lets his mother carry anything or open doors in his presence. His parents are very proud of the young man he is and his example to others.
For his Eagle project, he taught the Hug a Tree program to fifth-graders at Payson and Frontier elementary schools. This program is designed by National Search and Rescue to give young children some basic survival skills and techniques to help authorities find them when lost in the mountains. He was aware of children being lost over the years and coordinated with local schools and search and rescue personnel to train Payson’s children what to do if they become lost and gave them a small survival kit.
Mason Standifird exemplifies the spirit of an Eagle Scout.