Hoffman and Williamson honored as Eagle Scouts
Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013 6:00 pm
The Messenger 03.04.13
Two local Boy Scouts from Troop 55 — Mason Hoffman and Daniel Williamson — were recognized recently at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at First United Methodist Church in Union City.
The impressive ceremony marked their attaining the highest rank in the Boy Scouts.
Young men who attain the coveted title of Eagle Scout must have earned at least 21 merit badges and have demonstrated the “Scout Spirit” through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that is planned by the Scout, who organizes, leads and manages the carrying out of his concept.
Hoffman, the 18-year-old son of Mike and Belinda Hoffman of Troy, is a senior at Obion County Central High School. He has one brother, Cheston.
Williamson, the 17-year-old son of Jim and Amy Williamson of Union City, is a senior at Union City High School. He has one sister, Lauren, and two brothers, James and Zack.
Hoffman and Williamson both joined Boy Scout Troop 55 in October 2005. Over the years, Hoffman served as senior patrol leader, patrol leader, troop historian and troop guide, while Williamson served as senior patrol leader twice, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and troop guide.
In August 2010, Hoffman had the privilege of attending the National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, where he served as the assistant patrol leader for his patrol. It served as the 100th birthday celebration of the Boy Scouts of America and it afforded him the opportunity to meet people from several nations.
For his Eagle project, Hoffman painted and landscaped the soccer field concession stand at Graham Park in Union City.
In the spring of 2012, Williamson served as crew leader for his group at High Adventure Sea Base in Key West, Fla.
As his Eagle project, Williamson organized, supervised and participated in building and placing bat roosting boxes at Piney Campground at Land Between the Lakes.
Both young men have also been active at their high schools.
At OCCHS, Hoffman has served as a class president and class vice president and has been very active in the Future Business Leaders of America. He has taken advanced computer courses and has served as a student advisor for the business information technology department for the last year, as well as taught a 3D drafting class for the past three years on a small book which he wrote, “Sketchup for Desktop Classes.”
At one time, Hoffman was very active in local politics, and he plans on working in political science on a larger scale.
He is a member of Woodland Mills First Baptist Church.
After high school, Hoffman will be attending Dyersburg State Community College and the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he will be working on his undergraduate degree in political science. He aspires to achieve a doctorate degree.
At UCHS, Williamson ran cross country for the Tornadoes for four years, earning Most Valuable Runner for his team all four years, All-Region Team each year and Individual Region Champion his junior and senior years, as well as a spot on the Class A-AA All-State Cross Country Team his last two seasons. In the summer of 2011, he traveled to Australia, where he placed 20th out of over 3,200 runners in an international race and finished sixth out of 100 in an All-American Championship race.
He has also lettered in track all four years, baseball for two years and soccer his senior year.
Williamson has been awarded Tornado Pride numerous times, made honor roll every year, earned Student Excel and was recently named as the male school winner for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. He has also been a member of the Spanish Club, Pep Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Technology Student Association.
He is an active member of his youth group at Calvary Baptist Church in Union City.
After high school, Williamson plans to attend Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville on a cross country scholarship and will major in civil engineering.
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