Alexander Farrell, 17, of Milbank has earned the Eagle Scout Award. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement in the Boy Scouts of America program and only six percent of all scouts reach this rank. Farrell, son of Steve and Kristine Farrell, will be recognized in a ceremony on February 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Milbank. Everyone is invited to attend.
According to his scoutmaster, Jeff Loutsch, a candidate must have earned 21 merit badges (13 of which are Eagle merit badges) and successfully led and completed a community, church, or synagogue-related service project. Farrell chose to design and build a gaga ball pit at the Koch Elementary School playground to complete his Eagle.
Farrell is a member of Troop 45, which was chartered by the American Lutheran Church and is now in its 75th-chartered year. He has served as assistant patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, historian, and troop guide and is a member of the Order of the Arrow.
Farrell is a senior at Milbank High School. He is also a member of the MHS cross country and track and field teams and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is a member of Central United Methodist Church and active in the church’s youth group. He works for Farrell Auction and Real Estate.
Farrell joins other outstanding Americans who have become Eagle Scouts, among them are former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Spielberg, and the former head of the F.B.I., William Sessions.