Eagle Scout Garrett Hill, 17, of Soddy-Daisy, began Scouts when he was 13 and was able at a young age to meet role models that steered him on a path to becoming an engineer and minister.
"Engineering was my favorite merit badge," said Garrett, while looking at his 37 Boy Scout merit badges. "[To earn the badge] I had to survey different buildings at Tennessee Technical University to find out the basics of how they are constructed."
Through Boy Scouts Garrett, the son of single mom Melissa Hill, also met male role models that helped him on his journey to manhood. He said his main role model is his Troop 210 Scout Master Bill Goins, who suggested that he study to become an engineer and a minister.
"I would like to be an engineer and minister so I could minister to other countries and work as an engineer," said Garrett.
Garrett has been taking college courses at Bryan College since the fall of 2010, so he will be ahead when he enrolls as a full-time student in the fall of 2012. He said he has already taken communications, psychology and English. He said he may have to transfer to another school to pursue his career of engineering, but he will follow his minister career choice at Bryan.
Over the summer, Garrett officially earned his Eagle Scout rank after restoring the Scramble Alley Playground in Soddy-Daisy. Now that he has achieved the Eagle status, he will have the option to enroll in the military and automatically move up a rank.
Garrett said his future plans are to continue earning merit badges until he turns 18. Then, he would like to become a leader in his Boy Scout Troop 210, which meets at Rechoboth Baptist Church.
Garrett said he hopes his brothers Star Scout Byron, 14, and Cub Scout Camden,7, will follow his lead in becoming an Eagle Scout.