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    Tribute to Eagle Scout Connor Mullen

    by Former Representative Tom Latham

    Posted on 2013-02-13

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    LATHAM of iowa in the house of representatives Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Mr. LATHAM. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and congratulate Connor Mullen of Boy Scout Troop 152 in Adel, Iowa for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

    The Eagle Scout rank is the highest advancement rank in scouting. Only about five percent of Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout Award. The award is a performance-based achievement with high standards that have been well-maintained for more than a century.

    To earn the Eagle Scout rank, a Boy Scout is obligated to pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges, as well as completing an Eagle Project to benefit the community. For his project, Connor coordinated the construction of a permanent structure for his high school's band director to use for rehearsals during the marching band season. This structure will ensure the director's safety as it facilitates greater instruction through a ``bird's eye view.'' The work ethic Connor has shown in his Eagle Project and every other project leading up to his Eagle Scout rank speaks volumes of his commitment to serving a cause greater than himself and assisting his community.

    Mr. Speaker, the example set by this young man and his supportive family demonstrates the rewards of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Connor's remarkable accomplishment represents more than a decade of commitment to the Boy Scouts--and his achievement is made all the more incredible by his triumph over leukemia. I am honored to represent Connor and his family in the United States Congress. I know that all of my colleagues in the House will join me in congratulating him on obtaining the Eagle Scout ranking, and I wish him continued success in his future education and career.


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