Forrest Robert Beeler obtained the highest advancement award of the Boy Scouts of America — the Eagle Scout award. He is the son of Gary and Laura Beeler and grandson of Nelda Beeler and the late Larry Beeler, all of Peru.
Beeler is 18 years old, a senior at Interstate 35 High School and member of St. Charles Parish. He is in Troop No. 119 of New Virginia, under the direction of Scoutmaster Richard Keller.
Along with becoming Eagle scout, Beeler held the positions of patrol leader and troop guide. He was required to earn 21 merit badges and demonstrate the ideals of service and leadership.
Beeler’s Eagle Scout project was the restoration of Ebenezer Cemetery in Walnut Township. This involved the removal of a large mound filled with trees, shrubbery and trash. It was leveled and reseeded with grass. The sign and fences painted. The project was finished by mounting a new gold eagle on the top of the flagpole. Beeler directed volunteers and received local donations to complete this project.
An Eagle Scout court of honor, with more than 100 people in attendance, was held Jan. 12 at the Interstate 35’s student center. Key presenters were Richard Keller, Pat Thornburgh, master of ceremonies, and pastor Dr. John Lewis.
Beeler is also involved in FFA (president), National Honor Society (vice president), student council (vice president, executive council), 4-H, Madison County Community Foundation (student board member), as well as band, track and football. He plans to attend Iowa State University in the fall where he will study agricultural engineering.