Troop 228 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Jacob Crozier, Matthew Willis and Michael Willis on Dec. 16, at Christ United Methodist Church. The keynote speaker was Bill Essman, Relationship Manager at Adams Dairy Bank and Blue Elk District Chairman.

• Jacob Brent Crozier, the son of Laurence “Brent” and Lori Crozier, began his Scouting career with Cub Scout Pack 228. Upon earning the Arrow of Light Award, Jacob joined Troop 228 on Nov. 17, 2011.

Jacob earned 32 merit badges on his Trail to eagle and served as a Librarian, Assistant Patrol Leader, and two terms as a Patrol Leader. He earned the God and Life and World Conservation Awards in 2016.

He has attended camp at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation for six summers. He is Warrior Bright Singing Spring in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow. Jacob served as the crew leader of Expedition 723-7D at Philmont Scout Ranch in July, 2016.

His Eagle Project included planning and organizing a group of Scouts and adults in building a Little Lending Library. It is installed at the Community Services League office in Independence. The group collected more than 300 books from family, friends, and classmates.

Jacob is a junior at Fort Osage High School, where he plays the flute in the marching and concert bands and the pit orchestra. He is a pole vaulter on the track and field team. He holds memberships in the National Honor Society and the Truman Heartland Youth Advisory Council.

After high school, Jacob plans to pursue a music education degree at a four-year college. His life ambition is to teach students life skills through music programs.

He is a member of the Kansas City Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, and attends Noland Road Baptist Church. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys reading, hiking and playing the flute.

• Matthew Todd Willis, the son of Brent and Beth Willis and Tina Phillips, began his Scouting career upon joining Troop 228 in September of 2010.

He earned 32 merit badges toward his Eagle rank. He served his Troop as a Chaplain Aide and Senior Patrol Leader.

Matthew attended camp at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation for five summers. He is Warrior Fighting Ant in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow.

For his Eagle Project, he lead a crew that helped renovate a Sunday school room at Grace Christian Tabernacle in Harrisonville, Missouri. The most notable improvement was a fresh paint job after patching holes in the walls.

Matthew is a senior at Blue Springs South High School, where he participates on the boy’s cross country and track and field and on the Scholar Bowl teams. He will graduate in May 2018 and aspires to be a plumber.

Matthew attends First Baptist Church of Blue Springs. His hobbies include reading, running, playing video games, and listening to 1970s progressive rock. His proudest accomplishment is teaching himself how to tie his own shoes.

• Michael Bradley Willis, the son of Brent and Beth Willis and Tina Phillips, began his Scouting career upon joining Troop 228 in September of 2010.

He earned 33 merit badges toward his Eagle rank. He served his Troop as an Assistant Patrol Leader, Scribe, Quartermaster, and Patrol Leader. He earned the World Conservation Award in July of 2013.

Michael attended camp at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation for five summers. He is Warrior Fighting Cricket in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow.

For his Eagle Project, he lead a crew that primed and painted a hallway at Grace Christian Tabernacle in Harrisonville, Missouri.

Michael is a senior at Blue Springs South High School and will graduate in May 2018. He participates on the boy’s cross country and track and field and on the Scholar Bowl teams. He is on the varsity debate team and is a member of the National Honor Society.

After graduation, Michael plans to go to college to earn a general business degree. He hopes to live a Godly life and to be a loving husband and father.

His hobbies include reading, doodling, and playing video games.