Boy Scout Sam Simpson-Gordon earns Eagle rank

May 2, 2013

By Staff

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Sam Simpson-Gordon

Sam Simpson-Gordon

Newcastle resident Sam Simpson-Gordon, of Troop 638, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Simpson-Gordon’s Eagle Scout project was completed on the May Creek Trail in Newcastle, with the help of Newcastle Trails’ Peggy Price.

He led a team of volunteers that improved a 100-foot portion of the May Creek Trail. The group widened and leveled the trail, built stone retaining walls and dug out roots to make the trail meet Newcastle’s standards.

In recognition of his accomplishment, he received a care package and letter from Cmdr. Chris Follin, of the USS Simpson. The guided missile frigate is named after Simpson-Gordon’s great-grandfather, Rear Adm. Rodger W. Simpson.

“I can see that you continue your great-grandfather’s legacy of steadfast devotion and relentless dexterity in the attainment of meaningful goals that benefit others,” Follin said.

Simpson-Gordon, a senior at Hazen High School, received his Eagle badge April 21 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, in front of friends and family.

He plans to attend Bellevue College once he graduates and study computer graphic design.

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