First Of Seven Rim Country Eagle Scouts Honored



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Nick Randall

Nick Randall was presented his Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor Nov. 14. He is the first of seven young men that will be given the award in the next few months.

Nick Randall is the son of Vernon and Wanda Randall and the grandson of Pat and Rony Randall.

Nick graduated from Payson High School in May and is currently attending Gila Community College. He wants to be both an art teacher and a nurse. His favorite thing to do is hang out with his friends and have Nerf gun wars.

In high school, Nick excelled in his art classes. He was a member of Interact Club and STUGO. He attended the AASC State Leadership Convention in Phoenix and the “Learn and Serve” camp in Prescott. He is an active member of Manzanita Ward of the LDS Church.

As a young man, Nick set a goal to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. With the help of devoted leaders, he was well on his way. During his sophomore year, Nick had a serious injury on the track at school that resulted in severe chronic pain. This has been a great challenge for him as he was unable to participate in many of the scouting activities that he had previously enjoyed.

Just before he graduated from high school, Nick decided that nothing was going to stop him from achieving his goal. For his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, Nick built eight contemplative concrete benches for the Payson Pioneer Cemetery. In addition, he organized a cleanup day to clear out the brush and trash just in time for Memorial Day.

About 30 people participated in this project with a total of 114 hours worked. The benches are a wonderful addition to the cemetery. From this project, Nick learned how to plan and carry out an activity or assignment and how to roll with the punches and work around unforeseen challenges (such as three funerals on the scheduled cleanup day). He enjoyed learning how to pour and finish cement from his uncle and especially learned that “many hands make light work.”

Nick’s parents are very proud of him for the way he handles the challenges thrown his way and for not giving up on his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout.


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