(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – Washington County High School senior John Luke Roberts completed a service project at North Washington Elementary/Middle School this past weekend, a step toward his ultimate goal of earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 and is one of the largest Scouting organizations in the nation, with the goal of training youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through outdoor activities, educational programs and career-oriented programs.
Roberts joined Cub Scouts when he was in the second grade and became a Boy Scout in the 6th grade. He is currently a Life Scout. To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, which is recognized as a milestone of accomplishment, requirements include active participation, Scout spirit, merit badges, position of responsibility, a service project, and unit leader conference. All requirements must be finished before the Scout’s 18th birthday. Roberts chose to use his required service project as a way to give back, by refurbishing the library media center at NWES/NWMS including repainting tables and reconditioning white boards. “When I first came to North [as a student], I felt the learning was different,” says Roberts. “I felt like all the teachers there cared about me. I’m glad to be doing this project for North.”
“Before I started [Scouts], I was a shy kid,” says Roberts. “I’d say for sure with Scouts, I found a way to talk to people and it helped me communication, making friends and getting through school.” Roberts says he also learned survival skills, how to live drug-free and how to cooperate with others.
At WCHS, Roberts plays the trumpet in the school’s marching band. He is also a member of the WCHS Commander tennis team.
“John Luke is a service-minded young man!” says Malissa Hutchins, principal at WCHS. “The skills and attributes that he has gained through the Scouts will be a benefit to him his entire life. From leadership to community service, John Luke is a leader among his peers and being a Scout is a part of that. Congratulations to John Luke on the completion of his service project to North Washington and our school district!”
“We are very proud of John Luke and his willingness to go above and beyond to help others,” said Washington County Schools Superintendent Dr. J. Robin Cochran. “He embraces the idea of ‘service above self’ and has the ability to be very successful in life. His commitment to academic and extracurricular activities has shone bright this year and I hope others will see him as a role model for achievement.”
Upon graduation from WCHS, he plans to attend college and is looking at several areas of study including computer science and graphic arts. John Luke is the son of John and Mirtha Roberts.