Boy Scout Troop 221 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Independence held an Eagle Court of Honor on Oct. 10. Those receiving their Eagle Scout Award are Drake Leighton-Floyd, Braden Mills, Derrick Jackley, Spencer Engelman, James Mader, Jacob Rittel and Cory Gumminger.

Drake Leighton-Floyd received his Arrow of Light on Dec. 30, 2012, and became a scout on Jan. 29, 2013. He has received 31 merit badges, and has served the troop as Historian, Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He also received the St. John Bosco, Light of Christ and Ad Atari Dei Religious Awards, and is an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow.

He attended the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation for 5 years, and is Firebuilder Spirit of Thunderous Iron Horse in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

For Drake's Eagle Project, he planned, organized and carried out his project at Procter Elementary School. Under his leadership, the area was cleared of old mulch, plants and debris and the ground was leveled. Several flowers and plants were planted and new borders were installed.

Braden Mills received his Arrow of Light on Nov. 15, 2011, and became a scout on Jan. 24, 2012. He has received 35 merit badges, and has served the troop as Den Chief and is currently Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He became an Order of the Arrow Ordeal member on Aug. 16, 2014, and a member of the Brotherhood on May 2, 2015.

He attended the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation for 6 years, and is Firebuilder Mighty Radiant Sunburst in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

Braden's Eagle Project was to build and erect a bat house at George Owens Nature Park in Independence. Under his leadership, the project followed detailed bat building design specifications in the building and erection of two 4-chamber nursery houses.

Derrick Jackley received his Arrow of Light on Feb. 20, 2012, and became a scout on March 19, 2012. He has received 25 merit badges, and has served as a Den Chief for Pack 282 since March 2013. He also received the God and Church Religious Award and is an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow.

He attended the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation for 6 years, and is Firebuilder Strong Swift Stalking Wolverine in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

For his Eagle Project, Derrick chose to improve the Buckner Park and Wetland Trail in Buckner. Under his leadership, the park and trail were cleaned up and the deep tracks were filled in due to three and four wheel vehicles testing their “mudding” skills. Mulch was delivered and the scouts spread it very thick throughout the area.

Spencer Engelman received his Arrow of Light on Nov. 15, 2011, and became a scout on Jan. 24, 2012. He has received 34 merit badges, and has served his troop as Den Chief, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader and is currently Quartermaster. He also received the Ad Atari Dei Religious Award. He became an Order of the Arrow Ordeal member on May 15, 2010, and a member of the Brotherhood on Aug. 16, 2014.

He attended the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation for 6 years, and is Firebuilder Little Spirit of White Corn in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

Spencer chose to do his Eagle Project at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Independence. His plans were to build a useful fire pit. He organized the tearing out and disposal of an existing fire space, and the scouts cleared and cleaned the area to make it safe for a fire. They then laid down landscape blocks that formed a circle, then topped it off with cap stones.

James Mader received his Arrow of Light on Nov. 13, 2012, and became a scout on July 16, 2013. He has received 22 merit badges, and has served his troop as Patrol Leader (twice), Assistant Patrol Leader and is currently Quartermaster. He also received the Ad Atari Dei Religious Award.

He attended the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservations for 4 years, and is Warrior Eagle of the Rising Sun in the Tribe of Mid-O-Say.

James chose to do his Eagle Project at the Sisters of St. Francis Convent in Independence. Prayer trails throughout the convent grounds are in constant need of repair. Under his leadership, scouts and leaders cleared, cleaned and prepared an existing walking trail for fresh mulch.

Jacob Rittel received his Arrow of Light on Dec. 7, 2010, and became a scout on Jan. 25, 2011. He has received 22 merit badges, and has served his troop at Den Chief, Patrol Leader, Librarian and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He also received the Ad Atari Dei Religious Award. He became an Order of the Arrow Ordeal member on May 19, 2012, and a member of the Brotherhood on May 4, 2013.

He attended the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation for 5 years, and is Firebuilder Least Strong Winged Owl in the Tribe of Mid-O-Say.

Jack's Eagle Project was at the Sisters of St. Francis Convent in Independence. The nuns had 18 well-built outdoor chairs that had developed rust spots on them, and they were in storage because they didn't want to use them. Under Jake's leadership, scouts and leaders were organized into groups of light sanding, heavy sanding and wiping down. The group primed the chairs and painted them with black paint.

Cory Gumminger received his Arrow of Light on Dec. 7, 2010, and became a scout on Jan. 25, 2011. He has received 27 merit badges, and has served his troop at Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader. He became an Order of the Arrow Ordeal member on May 19, 2012, and a member of the Brotherhood on May 4, 2013.

He attended the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation for 5 years, and is Warrior Celestial Wolf in the Tribe of Mid-O-Say.

Cory's Eagle Project was at the Independence Community Gardens. Under his leadership, he organized a plan to build garden beds for people in the community to use. His plan also included easy access for the disabled. The project entailed the creation of three cinder block garden beds and the finishing of four garden beds made of wood.