16-year-old Jacob Halter, of El Paso, has earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor: the Eagle Scout Award.
In 2019, only eight percent of all Boy Scouts earned the Eagle rank. Each candidate must work their way through several ranks of scouting, earn at least 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community service project to earn their Eagle.
For his project, Halter managed a project to build and install a new audio and visual station at First Presbyterian Church in El Paso. The new audio and visual station will keep equipment for Sunday services organized for ease of use, and safe from possible theft or vandalism.
“In this pandemic world, this equipment is especially important to be able to stream services so all church members can have access to worship, song and prayer,” said First Presbyterian Church Pastor Neal Locke.
“The new sound station will have a tremendous impact on our church for years to come.” Halter is a member of First Presbyterian Church and he volunteers every Sunday as a member of the Praise Band where he plays the guitar.
“I want to thank everyone who helped make my Eagle project a reality,” said Halter. “I’m happy to give back to the church that has given me so many opportunities and inspired me to be a better person.”
Halter became a Cub Scout in 2011 when he was in first grade at Mesita Elementary. He is currently a Sophomore enrolled in the Dual Language and STEM magnet programs at El Paso High School, where he is active in the orchestra, National Honor Society and the baseball team. He also plays with the El Paso Youth Jazz Ensemble.
Jacob is the son of Bob Halter and Christina Montoya-Halter.
Halter will be recognized in a Court of Honor ceremony on May 15 at 4:00pm at Frist Presbyterian Church.