Merrimack Scout attains Eagle rank

Hayden Faust is the newest Eagle Scout from Merrimack Troop 424.

Faust was presented with the rank at his Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday, Aug. 30, 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 merit badges, including 13 specific 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.

Faust’s Eagle project was the construction of a World War II memorial to honor the 207 veterans from Merrimack. This memorial replaced the one that Lester Langley built when he was a student at Merrimack High School in 1942 for the Merrimack veterans serving in World War II. It was erected by the public library, but when the parking lot for the library was expanded, Langley’s memorial was removed and subsequently lost. The new memorial is in Veterans Memorial Park.

Faust is a senior at Merrimack High School. He is the senior patrol leader for Troop 424. He also is a member of the FIRST Robotics team at MHS.

This summer, Faust attended Future Leader Camp at Norwich University. He plans to attend a military college in fall 2016 and study nuclear engineering so he can pursue a career in the Navy and work on a nuclear submarine.

Faust is the son of Diane and Eric Faust.