Repaired boat landings in refuge
Sawyer M. Gibson, 17, of rural Fountain City, has earned the Eagle Scout Award, the highest advancement rank within the Boy Scouts of America. Gibson was recognized in a formal ceremony on March 23, 2017, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Winona. Gibson is the son of Janell and Gregg Gibson.
A member of Wesley United Methodist’s Troop 6, Gibson is one of approximately four percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a significant service project benefitting his community, faith organization, or school to demonstrate leadership and earn his Eagle. Gibson chose to refurbish several boat docks on the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge in the area, including McNally and Verchota landings, Mertes Slough, and Spring Lake landing in Buffalo City.
He has served as patrol leader and senior patrol leader and was elected into the Order of the Arrow.
Gibson joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Spielberg, and the former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
Gibson is a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and is active on the trap shooting team and tech crew at Cochrane-Fountain City High School where he is a junior.