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Winfield High School senior earns Eagle Scout Rank

Jan. 20, 2013 @ 08:21 PM

WINFIELD — Winfield High School senior Braxton Michael Maddox has attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

He is the son of Joann Maddox of Scott Depot and Joe Maddox of Belington, W.Va., and the grandson of Joe and Gloria Maddox of Hurricane, Charlotte Meadows of Scott Depot and Dale and Mary Wolfe of Leon.  

An Eagle Court of Honor was held for Braxton Maddox in August at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Scott Depot. It was hosted by his family, with friends, family and members of Troop 283 in attendance.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank the BSA bestows on its members.

Maddox became a Tiger Cub Scout with Pack 283 when he was in first grade. He progressed through the Cub Scout ranks with many accomplishments, including the highest, Arrow of Light, as a Webelos II.

Bridging to Troop 283 in March 2006, Maddox continued in his scouting adventures. On the trail to Eagle Scout, he was elected to the Order of Arrow, an honorary group of the scouting community. Over the years, he attended every summer camp at Dilley’s Mill in Pocahontas County, learning many skills. At 15, he attended Sea Base in the Florida Keys, living for a week on an isolated island, fishing and learning sea survival skills.

In addition to scouting, Maddox is active with his church group at River Ridge (Teays Valley) and he plays defense for his school’s soccer team as well as tennis during the spring season. He is a member of National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theata. He will graduate in the spring and plans to attend a pharmacy program at either University of Charleston or Marshall University.

Maddox’s Eagle Service Project consisted of building a landscape wall and column blocks around the electronic sign at WHS. The project took more than 100 man hours from start to finish.

“He planned, executed and managed the entire project from start to finish. However, without the guidance of his Uncle Ron Cole, his project would not have been so perfect,” said his mother, Joann Maddox.

In honor of her son’s accomplishment, his mother had a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and presented it to him at his Court of Honor as a gift and remembrance of his hard work and dedication.