Alabaster Eagle Scout earns city’s praise

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – A local Boy Scout’s efforts to beautify the Meadow View Elementary School campus and serve his community through his Eagle Scout project earned him praise from the Alabaster mayor during a recent meeting.

Alabaster Mayor Marty Handlon presented a proclamation during a May 8 City Council meeting honoring John Michael McCrory, who is a member of the Helena-based Boy Scout Troop 532 and recently earned his Eagle Scout Award. McCrory also led the Pledge of Allegiance to start the meeting.

Through his Eagle Scout project, McCrory planned, organized and constructed outdoor butterfly gardens at Alabaster’s Meadow View Elementary School.

“John Michael McCrory … has not only proven himself to be an outstanding member of the Boy Scouts of America, but has attained the highest honor bestowed on a Scout – the Eagle Scout Award,” Handlon said during her presentation.

In addition to completing his Eagle Scout project, McCrory also has earned 28 merit badges, and has served as chaplain’s aide, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader with Troop 532.

McCrory marches in the Thompson High School Marching Southern Sounds band and is a member of the Briarwood Presbyterian Church youth group.

“The Eagle Scout Award distinction will follow John Michael throughout life, and will be a beacon to others of his leadership quality and commitment,” Handlon said. “I recognize John for this highest honor earned, and encourage him to continue his commitment to excellence.”