WAXAHACHIE — In August, WHS sophomore and five-year member of Boy Scout Troop 232, Bonham Burks, completed the Eagle Scout project, which qualified him for his well-earned promotion of ranking. The new Eagle Scout built a bench with the help of family and his troop members in Chapman Park, a memorable and meaningful place for Burks.

The honor was bestowed upon him, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at the Central Presbyterian Church of Waxahachie and announced by the Boy Scouts of America and Circle Ten Council.

According to a press release, “In order to achieve the rank of Eagle, Bonham earned in excess of the required 21 merit badges, held numerous leadership positions in his troop, and ultimately planned, developed and completed a park bench in Chapman Park as his Eagle Service Project. [...] Bonham Burks is a sophomore at Waxahachie High School where he is a member of the tennis team, FFA, and the Interact Club. Bonham is active at Central Presbyterian Church, enjoys travel, the outdoors, engineering, creating and building things, mountain biking, sailing, snow skiing, sailing, skateboarding and spending time with his friends.”

Burks is the son of Brian and Michelle Burks. The press release also notes that his inspiration to receive this honor came from his father, who is the Vice President of Citizens National Bank, and his uncle Shane Leath, Co-Owner of Lawn Master Outdoor Living, LLC., whom both hold the Eagle Scout rank.

"During a recent conversation with his grandparents, Mike and Kay Leath, Bonham learned that they had always longed for a bench in their neighborhood Chapman Park," Michelle previously told the WDL.

Burks noted that he has aspired to be an Eagle Scout since he was a young boy and, after talking with his grandparents, immediately knew what he wanted his project to be.

"Since Chapman Park is a special place to me, we decided to proceed with the project. My first step was to get the idea approved by my Scout Master. After receiving approval, I met with our City Manager Paul Stevens and the Director of Parks & Rec John Smith," Burks said.

Both Steven and Smith agreed with, supported and worked with Burks to correctly install the bench.

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Kelsey Poynor, @KPoynor_WDL

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