“I hate to be bored,” said Evan England. “I have to have a project – something to do, and I have chosen leadership and community service activities because my parents have always been involved in these kind of activities. I guess it’s a legacy.”
With all of the organizations and activities the recent graduate of Richard Hardy Memorial School is involved in, there isn’t much chance he will have time to be bored anytime soon.
“A lot of my summer activities were canceled due to COVID-19, but I spent a lot of time working on my Eagle Scout project to get it finished before I left for college,” England said. “My project was the installation of a flag retirement box at American Legion Post 62 in South Pittsburg. People who have old American flags can leave them in the box, and Boy Scout Troop 63 will retire them with a respectful ceremony.”
England has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America since joining the Cub Scouts in first grade, and the completion of the Eagle Scout requirements is the culmination of his scouting career with the highest rank attainable.
“I like the fact that the Boy Scout program has given me the opportunity to grow as a leader,” said England. “I also appreciate that it got me out camping. That’s not something I would normally have tried, but I really enjoy being outdoors and in touch with nature to better appreciate God’s great creation.”
The young leader has also been an outstanding 4-H Club member, taking advantage of just about every opportunity.
“Evan has demonstrated his love for learning and challenges as he participated in numerous 4-H competitions at the local, county, regional, state and national levels,” said Vicki Lofty, recently retired Marion County Extension director. “He is intelligent, diligent and ambitious. He sets goals and works hard to achieve them — and not just in 4-H. He possesses strong moral character and has a positive reputation with his peers and adults.”
“Attending National 4-H Congress in Atlanta was one of my most rewarding experiences,” said England. “As a part of the conference, we participated in a number of different service projects. My group went to an inner-city school library and put together goody bags for the children who completed their reading goals. Seeing how this community school affected the students - how it gave them focus and a good basis for their future education - was enlightening.
“Serving as a teen leader at the statewide Culinary Camp for middle school students was also an eye-opener. I am a pretty serious person, and working with middle school students taught me to lighten up and have some fun! I had the honor of participating in the Great American Seafood Challenge in New Orleans in 2018 and 2019. In 2019, my teammates were four freshman boys. I served as a teen leader, helping train them for the competition. That was fun and rewarding as well, and we were really excited to win the national competition.
“I have participated in a number of 4-H public speaking and presentation competitions, but the most challenging was the Interact Club’s Four Way public speaking contest. Sponsored by the International Rotary Club, Interact follows Rotary’s four-question code of ethics — Is it the Truth? Is it Fair to all concerned? Will it build Good Will and Better Friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? For the speaking contest, we had to choose a topic and apply all four questions to it. And we had to do it all with NO notes. It was a challenge, but I won the local competition and went on to compete at the regional contest. I enjoyed serving as the Interact president at Richard Hardy as well as serving as the Leo club vice president. Both are service organizations that give back to the community.”
“I chose Evan to read a story to the whole school during morning announcements when he was in the third grade,” said Beth Webb, director of schools, Richard City Special School District. “He did such an outstanding job, I told him he was going to be president of the United States someday. Evan has been an exemplary student at Richard Hardy Memorial School — a tremendous leader and role model for our students. We are all proud of the way he has represented our school.”
England is now a freshman at the University of Mississippi, majoring in public policy leadership and political science. “I hate to say I am going to be a politician, so I will just say I’m going to be a public servant,” England concluded.
SVEC is proud to honor a young man who is already a public servant.
“Evan is a great example of an Eagle Scout. He is hardworking, a good leader and is always wanting to learn more. He took his responsibilities in Scouts very seriously, and when given a leadership role, he led by example. He serves his community by volunteering, whether at school or for the city. He follows the scout oath and the scout law and upholds those standards. I am very proud of Evan for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. He worked hard for it. It was a privilege to watch and guide him on his road to Eagle.”
Chris Potts — Scoutmaster, Troop 63