Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
Ryan M. Barnett, son of Billy and Lori Barnett of Arab, Ala., and formerly of Meridian was awarded the Boy Scout highest rank of Eagle Scout on Jan. 22, 2013. He was recognized in a formal ceremony on June 23, 2013 at Gilliam Springs Baptist Church.
Barnett, age 15, is a member of Boy Scout Troop 4060, which is sponsored by First United Methodist Church under the leadership of Scoutmaster Brent Winslett.
Barnett began his Scouting career as a Tiger Cub in 2004 with Pack 0009, sponsored by Highland Baptist Church in Meridian. During that time, he earned several belt loops, all Cub Scout pins , arrow points and Cub Scouts’ highest award, the Arrow of Light. He crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 0009 in 2009.
On his road to Eagle Scout, Barnett hiked and biked more than 100 miles, camped 50 nights and accumulated more than 1,000 hours of community service. He has served his troops as a Quarter Master, Chaplain’s Aide, Scribe and Troop Guide and was elected by his fellow Scouts to the Order of the Arrow, a national Boy Scout honor society. He has earned 48 merit badges and the Polar Bear, World Conservation and Good Turn for Scouting awards.
For his Eagle Scout project, Barnett planned and participated in the repair, pressure washing, and staining of over 1,400 square feet of decking at the Gilliam Springs Baptist Church Youth Building in Arab.
In addition to Scouting, the 15-year-old sophomore at Arab High School is very active both in and out of school. He is a member of the AHS Student Council, Beta Club, AHS marching, concert, and symphonic bands, and Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA). He attends Gilliam Springs Baptist Church and spends a portion of his summer breaks on mission trips to Clarkston, Ga., just outside of Atlanta.
Barnett said he is looking forward to a career in which he can both serve and honor God, but is unsure where that road will lead. He is currently concentrating on his studies at Arab High School, where he is focusing on a career in the medical field.