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RHHS graduate earns Eagle rank
Russell Lawless, right, receives the rank of Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop 400 during a June 19 ceremony at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church. - photo by Photo provided.
Russell Lawless, a 2010 graduate of Richmond Hill High School, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout from Boy Scout Troop 400 on June 19, 2010, in an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony held at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church.
Lawless started scouting in Richmond Hill as a Tiger Cub with Boy Scout Pack 400 in 1998 and crossed over with his Arrow of Light award to Boy Scout Troop 400 in March 2003. Both Pack 400 and Troop 400 are chartered by Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church.
While there, he served as librarian, chaplain’s aide, assistant patrol leader and patrol leader. Lawless moved to Southaven, Miss., in 2005 where he joined Troop 155 as a first class Scout and served in positions of patrol leader and scribe during his two-year membership.
At Troop 155, Lawless earned his Star and Life Scout, joined the Order of the Arrow - receiving brotherhood and participated in numerous hiking outings, including a 30-mile Appalachian Trail trek and a 80-mile, 12-day back packing trip at Philmont, N.M.
Lawless returned to Richmond Hill in 2008 and rejoined his old Troop 400 and served as patrol leader, Order of the Arrow representative, instructor and senior patrol leader. His Eagle project consisted of building and installing 12 bat boxes in J.F. Gregory Park, plus building 25 wood duck boxes for installation at the Sterling Creek wastewater treatment wetlands area managed by Ch2MHill.
Since the size of the operating wetland area was smaller than originally estimated, the excess wood duck boxes and materials were donated to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for use in wildlife refuge areas.
Outside of scouting, Lawless was very active with Richmond Hill High School, playing soccer as a junior and running cross country and track as a senior, when he went to State and placed seventh in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter events. He also played in the symphonic and marching band as a percussionist.
Lawless is active as an acolyte with St. Elizabeth’s and was leader of the Youth Group last year. He also participates in Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church Youth Group and Band.
Lawless will attend Clayton State University in August, where he has signed a letter of intent to run cross country and track at the college level.
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