Two Troop 424 Scouts attain Eagle rank

MERRIMACK – James Jolly and Connor Maloney are the newest Eagle Scouts from Merrimack Troop 424.

They were presented with the rank of Eagle at their Aug. 9 Eagle Court of Honor, which was held at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church.

The Eagle Scout rank is Boy Scouts’ highest advancement ranking. Boys must meet specific requirements in service, outdoor skills and leadership along with earning 21 Eagle-required badges.

Scouts have advanced from Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life before earning the rank of Eagle. Each candidate must complete a service project benefiting the community to display the leadership he has learned in the Scouting program.

Jolly’s Eagle project was the construction of a running trail along the Souhegan River that connected the Wildcat Falls trail system to Merrimack High School. This project gave the cross-country and track teams off-road access to these trails to use for their practice.

Jolly was president and salutatorian of the 2015 senior class at Merrimack High School. He will attend Clemson University, and has been awarded an Eagle Scout scholarship.

Maloney’s Eagle project was for the Merrimack Historical Society. He refurbished the society museum in the one-room schoolhouse on Boston Post Road. This included painting the walls and replacing the ceiling tiles, along with cleaning up the shelving and the floors.

Maloney will attend Franciscan University.

Troop 424 has been in Merrimack since 1972. Since 1973, 47 Scouts in the troop have attained the rank of Eagle.

For more information about the troop, email Scoutmaster Eric Faust at scoutmaster@troop424.org or Committee Chairwoman Sally Ann Trepanier at chairman@nhtroop424.org.