Seth Clauson earns Eagle Scout honors

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Seth Clauson of Metropolis, son of David and Jessica Rader, was recently recognized with the rank of Eagle Scout. Jones is the 56th Eagle Scout from Troop 101. His project was to revitalize the Veterans Memorial Park and extended to the artillery cannons outside of the American Legion.

Seth Clauson, son of David and Jessica Rader of Metropolis, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on June 3.

Clauson will be a senior at Massac County High School next school year and is currently undecided on a career path after graduation but leaning in the direction of computer coding.

Clauson was a member of Metropolis Boy Scouts Troop 101 until he and his family moved to Destrehan, Louisiana in early 2016 and joined Troop 317 but rejoined Troop 101 when they moved back to Metropolis in early 2017.

During his time with Troop 101, Clauson has held the position of patrol leader, instructor and was elected by the members of the troop to the position of Assistant Senior Patrol Leader (ASPL) in October 2018.

Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in Scouts BSA program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Since its inception in 1911, only 4 percent of Scouts have earned this rank after a lengthy review process. The Eagle Scout rank has been earned by over 2.5 million youth.

Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges. The Eagle Scout must demonstrate Scout Spirit -- an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law, service and leadership.

This includes an extensive service project that the scout plans, organizes, leads and manages.

Clauson earned 24 merit badges total and his Eagle Service project was to revitalize the Veterans Memorial Park, located at the corner of Metropolis and East Third streets, next to the Metropolis Library and extended to the artillery cannons outside of the American Legion.

The project involved scraping down of chipped paint and rust from four cannons, two at the Veterans Memorial and two outside the American Legion. It also included general maintenance including scraping down and repainting and/or cleaning of benches, removing trash, cleaning up downed limbs, pruning of overgrown trees, removal of old broken or unused landscaping stones and the pulling of weeds from around the memorial.

"His project was beneficial to the community as it gave a facelift to the Washington Park area," said Scoutmaster Lewis Williams, who added, "Troop 101 would like to thank the American Legion for the opportunity of this project.

Clauson is the 56th Eagle Scout from Troop 101. Williams states as far as available records indicate there might be more that are unknown.

Clauson's family has deep roots in scouting with Troop 101 here in Metropolis. His grandfather, Steve Bunyard, served as Troop 101 Scoutmaster for many years and is currently serving on the committee as committee chair while his grandmother, Donna Bunyard, has served as a troop committee member just as long. His brother, Zeke Rader, is also a member of Troop 101 who has recently advanced to the rank of Second Class.

Clauson's Eagle Court of Honor will be conducted on Sunday, June 30 at 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Metropolis' First United Methodist Church, located at 100 E. Fifth St.

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