Over the summer break, Harrells students participated in a number of activities that grew their skills as leaders in three longstanding programs of excellence including the National Beta Club, the North Carolina House Page Program, and Boy Scouts of America.
In February, Senior Cameron Tyler of Elizabethtown was elected Vice President of the North Carolina chapter of The National Beta Club. This July, he participated in a Leadership Conference in Washington, DC. His participation in the conference allowed him to spend a day on Capitol Hill speaking with senators and other representatives about the importance of leadership education and providing opportunities to lead via serving others. Cameron also had the humbling opportunity to place a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Sophomore Will deAndrade of Elizabethtown served as a page this summer for Representative William Brisson in Raleigh. The selection process for the House Page Program is highly competitive. Will spent a week learning about, and participating in, the legislative process of our state. Working in the House Chamber in the midst of legislative action for four days, Will attended sessions and committee meetings, delivered messages and answered phones in Brisson’s office, and became thoroughly acquainted with the ins and outs of the House Chamber.
Sophomore Matt Darden of Clinton received his Eagle Scout Rank over the summer from Troop 27 in Clinton. The designation “Eagle Scout” was founded over one hundred years ago; only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. Eagle Scouts must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Over ten years of scouting, Matt earned 23 badges, and last spring he completed the required Eagle Scout leadership project at HCA by starting a Recycling Program and on-campus recycling initiative which he continues to manage.
Harrells Christian Academy is honored to partner with Beta Club, Brisson, and the Boy Scouts to support the education of these ambitious young men. We are excited to follow their respective journeys toward excellence in leadership.