Five Boy Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 201 have attained the elite rank of Eagle Scout. They are Michael Bell, James Robert Joseph Brison, Harley Decker, Joshua Faustlin and Christian Wilson. Their Eagle Court of Honor will be 2 p.m. April 5 at Eastside Baptist Church, 19910 Missouri 78, Independence.
• Michael Bell, the son of Dennis and Janice Bell of Blue Springs, is a sophomore at the Bell Homeschool Academy. He began his scouting career with Troop 201 on Nov. 1, 2009. He has held the leadership positions of Chaplain’s Aide, Librarian, Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader.
Michael obtained the rank of Brotherhood in Order of Arrow in 2013 and he is a Brave in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.
For his Eagle Project, he led a team of scouts in mixing and pouring concrete pads to set trash cans on at William Henry Harrison Park in Sugar Creek.
Michael has been involved in Metro Homeschool Robotics for three years, participates in Psalt and Light Debate and did an internship at Burr Oak Woods Nature Sanctuary his freshman year. He enjoys playing football, basketball and ultimate Frisbee.
• Joseph Brison, the son of James and Cheryl Brison of Independence, started scouting in 2004 as a Tiger Cup in Pack 201 at Maywood Baptist Church. He earned his Arrow of Light in 2008.
As a Boy Scout, he held positions of responsibility that included Scribe, Chaplain’s Aide, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Historian, and is currently Pack 201’s Den Chief. He has earned 41 merit badges and plans to continue earning merit badges. Joseph earned his God and Church award in 2010.
Joseph is a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow.
He earned his Eagle rank on Nov. 7, 2013, making him the 175th Eagle Scout of Boy Scout Troop 201. His Eagle Project was to design and install a sign for the St. Mark’s United Methodist Church community garden, where Joseph and his family attend church.
• Harley Schwarz-Decker, the son of Perry Hill and Barbra Schwarz-Hill of Independence, joined scouting in 2002. He earned his Arrow of Light, the highest rank in Cub Scouting, and joined Troop 201.
He is a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. Harley has held leadership positions in the troop that include Senior Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Librarian and Den Chief.
Harley earned his Eagle rank on May 2, 2013. His Eagle Project was held at the church he attends, Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church. His project consisted of rebuilding a retaining wall and fence, making the entrance to the church safer for people entering the church.
He is a varsity letter holder at Van Horn High School in baseball and football, and is the drum line captain of Van Horn’s marching band.
• Joshua Faustlin, 17, the son of Nathan and Shannon Faustlin of Independence, is a junior at Van Horn High School and is on the school’s varsity wrestling team.
Josh earned his Eagle with Troop 201, and his Arrow of Light in Cub Pack 201. He is a Brave in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow.
He has earned 29 merit badges. He held leadership positions of Quartermaster, Chaplain’s Aide, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader and is currently a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.
His Eagle Project was renovating the downstairs hallway to Northern Boulevard United Methodist Church by placing handrails and painting stairs, improvements that make the hallway safer for people walking downstairs.
• Christian Wilson, 17, is the son of Rodney and Michelle Wilson of Independence and the older brother of sister, Kelstin, who is a freshman at his high school, William Chrisman. He is a senior who hopes to attend the University of Central Missouri in the upcoming years. There, he wants to study criminal justice and become a homicide detective.
When he was a fifth grader at Proctor Elementary, he got involved in Cub Scouts. After a year of that, he moved on to Boy Scouts, where he earned Tenderfoot shortly into his first year. For his Eagle Project he restored the Maple Woods Community park, by planning and leading a team of scouts and leaders in the construction of a bench and garden. He also removed graffiti from equipment, to allow a more inviting and family-friendly park. In the process, he recruited a young boy named Austin into Cub Scouts.
Christian achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in December 2012. He is also a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. There, he is known as Striking Red-tailed Hawk. Previously, he was an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, and now is a Junior Assistant Scout Master.
He is involved in football, baseball, tennis and Broadcasting at Chrisman.
Christian would like to give a special thanks to his parents, grandparents, the Independence School District, his girlfriend, Stefanie, Coach Crutcher, Coach Picket, Kevin Jenkins, Al Miller, James Brison, Steven Brison and many others who have helped him along his trail to Eagle.