Three Donoho students earn Eagle Scout promotion

Congratulations to Donoho seniors Anna Amaral and Sam Payne and Donoho junior Ben Carr for their recent promotion to Eagle Scout. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. Since its inception in 1911, only four percent of Scouts have earned this rank. The Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service, and leadership. Each candidate must present an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages.

Anna Amaral became the first female Eagle Scout in Calhoun County in October 2021. For Anna’s service project, she created the Fleur de Lis Garden, located in the wooded area beside Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Golden Springs. Believing that being in nature is one of the best ways to experience God’s amazing creation, Anna wanted to make a beautiful place for anyone to come for prayer and personal reflection with God.

Sam Payne’s project was the beautification of “Tom and Rebecca’s Park” located in Heflin, Alabama. The historic park is located at the beginning of Main Street, and Sam’s great-great-grandfather established Heflin’s first store, Atkins & Owens, adjacent to the community’s train stop. The beautification project included landscaping, a new custom park bench, and placement of a historical plaque. 

For Ben Carr’s service project, he chose the Alexandria Community Center Park, a location that is near and dear to his heart. The land for the Alexandria Community Park was gifted to the city by Ben’s grandfather, Ronnie Carr. Ben removed old fencing, improved the landscape, and installed a new sign at the park. 

Congratulations, Anna, Sam, and Ben!