McDonough teens Adam Turner, left, and Justin Smith both recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. (Special Photo)
McDONOUGH — Justin Vanthony Smith, 17, and Adam Joshua Christopher Turner, 16, both of McDonough have earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts.
Boy Scout Troop 712 chartered by the Shiloh Baptist Church recently made the announcement to promote the teens to the rank of Eagle Scout.
Smith and Turner will be recognized in the first Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on Dec. 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the Shiloh Baptist Church, 262 Macon St. in McDonough.
Justin Smith built two wooden benches in the Rose Garden Cemetery in McDonough. He has served as senior patrol leader, historian and den chief in the Troop. Smith is a senior at Union Grove High and a member of Navy JROTC.
He serves as a Company Commander, Academic Team Commander, Athletic Team Member, 2013 National Brain Brawl Championship team member 2nd place, 2013 National Drill Athletic Academic Championship 2nd place individually in the test, Future Business Leaders of America and a Shiloh Baptist Church Deacon Deaconess Youth Intern. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Vanthony Smith of McDonough.
Adam Turner built a wooden pergola in the Rose Garden Cemetery. He has served as an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, chaplain’s aide, webmaster and den chief. Turner is a junior at Riverside Military Academy and a member of varsity football and soccer team, manager of the varsity basketball team, a member of the 4-H Club, JROTC and Riverside Chorus. He serves as a Shiloh Baptist church junior deacon, Sunday school teacher and children church volunteer. He is the son of retired Lt. Col. and Mrs. Willie Turner of McDonough.
Approximately 2 percent of all boys that enter scouting will achieve the rank of Eagle. Smith and Turner join other outstanding citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald Ford Jr., astronaut Neil Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Spielberg and the head of the F.B.I., William Sessions.