By KAROLYN GEPHART
Recent Friendswood High School graduate, Derek Horn, received the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout after completing his qualifications, an Eagle Scout Project, and an Eagle Court of Honor.
He began his Scout career in Friendswood BAC Pack 445 and concluded with the SHAC Troop 848.
As a Boy Scout, one of the requirements to earn the rank of Eagle Scout is an extensive service project where the Scout is to plan, develop, and give leadership to others that is helpful to any religious institution, school, or community.
Horn’s Eagle Scout Project was accomplished at the Friendswood ISD Transition Center located at 402 Laurel in the FISD Annex (formerly Friendswood Junior High).
The project enhances the center’s ability to provide daily living skills for Special Education students.
With the approval of the Center and the support of other Scouts, Horn built an Interactive Board, a Sensory Board, and painted rooms within the Center.
The Interactive Board is used to help the students develop motor skills. The Sensory Board facilitates their brain’s ability to process sensory information helping the students to reach important developmental milestones. The Sensory Room was painted to improve its appearance and to focus the student’s attention.
The Boys Scouts of America is one of the largest youth organizations in the US with many young men striving to achieve the highly regarded Eagle Scout rank. Recent statistics show that only about 6 percent have reached the highest rank of Eagle Scout.
Eagle scouts can continue earning Merit badges and serving in a leadership position to earn Eagle Palms before they turn 18 years of age. To date, Horn has been awarded the Bronze, Gold, and Silver Eagle Palms (in that BSA specified order).
Horn is the son of Mary and Dennis Horn of Friendswood.