Troop 44 Honors New Eagle Scout

From Staff Reports

Boy Scout Troop 44 in Van Alstyne is proud to announce it has another Eagle Scout among its ranks — Kevin James Hendricks, son of Scoutmaster Brian Hendricks. Kevin will be recognized by the Troop at an Eagle Court of Honor on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Van Alstyne, to which the public is invited.

Kevin is a 17-year-old senior at Van Alstyne High School, having attended school in Van Alstyne since kindergarten. He is a member of the Van Alstyne High School Marching Band, where he plays percussion, serving as drumline captain, competes with the drumline and plays with the Jazz Band. His interest in music extends beyond high school, as he plans to pursue a career in percussion education and performance. He is currently considering three different colleges: Northwestern State University in Louisiana, University of North Texas in Denton and Texas A&M Commerce.

Besides his obvious interests in Scouting and music, Kevin enjoys camping, boating and reading, and on any given weekend he can be found around a campfire somewhere practicing the Maori art of “spinning fire,” known as Poi. Kevin is the son of Brian and Jamie Hendricks and the grandson of Herbert and Patricia Hendricks, all of Van Alstyne. His maternal grandparents are Richard and Donna Everheart of Dallas.

As his Eagle project, Kevin constructed a fence at the Fort Washita Historic Site just North of Durant, Okla. — one of Troop 44’s favorite places to camp. It was on one of these visits that Kevin struck up a conversation with site manager Jim Argo and discovered the need of a fence to separate a picnic area from the main road. The site is frequently visited by area schools and youth organizations. With young children around near often distracted drivers, Jim was concerned for the safety of the children. It seemed to Kevin the perfect fit for an Eagle project. The final product was 250 feet of a three-rail painted fence, complete with two custom gate features.