TARBORO — William Thomas Wooten, Jr. of Williamsburg Drive, Tarboro has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award.
Williams was recognized in an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony on Nov. 23 at the First Free Will Baptist Church. A member of First Free Will Baptist Church Troop 816, Williams is one of approximately 2 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to Scoutmaster Dean Wells.
Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community or church-related service project to earn his Eagle. Williams earned 50 merit badges and chose to place park benches and a park sign in Livesay Park as his Eagle Project.
He has served in various leadership positions including Senior Patrol Leader and received his Eagle award on Oct. 1t just prior to his 16th birthday.
Williams joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Spielberg, and the head of the F.B.I., William Sessions.
Williams is a member of Life Giving Christian Church, a junior at Tarboro High School and is active in school activities such as the debate team, drama club, band, and sports.
He is the son of Ada and Thomas Wooten.