SHIRLEY -- Sunday, April 7, was a very important day in the life of Nicholas Clark. On that day he became an Eagle Scout.
For 11 years, starting at age 7, Nicholas has progressed through the ranks of the Cub Scouts, followed by all the ranks of the Boy Scouts, culminating at age 18 with his advancement to Eagle Scout, the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America.
Through hard work and commitment over the years, the efforts expended by Nicholas position him for major successes in his future.
Being an Eagle Scout is an honor and a greatly respected achievement. Its merits are recognized worldwide. Many top leaders, including governors, senators, business leaders and presidents of the United States are Eagle Scouts. Only two percent of Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle.
The results of Nick's efforts include 12 required merit badges and 19 elective merit badges. He has served his troop as troop guide, quartermaster, and Order of the Arrow representative. In all, he completed 325 individual requirements to qualify as an Eagle candidate.
One of Nick's final projects was his Eagle Scout service roject. Five hundred and 75 volunteer hours were expended designing and building dugouts on the baseball field at Nashoba Valley Technical High School.
At a ceremony held at the War Memorial Building in Shirley, the Shirley American Legion continued its service to the community and support of Scouting by hosting yet another Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony, this time for Troop 1's Clark. About 50 people attended.
Guests included Groton Selectman Anna Eliot; Massachusetts state Rep. Sheila Harrington; Nick's mother, Kelly Boyd; Nick's father, Tom Clark; Scoutmaster John Dennis; Master of Ceremonies John Sullivan; Dale Ames, Eagle Scout advisor and former Scoutmaster; and many Scouts and family members.
Two Scouts acted as greeters and handed out programs to guests as they entered the War Memorial Building.
The ceremony began with the presentation of colors, the flags of the United States of America and the Troop 1 Boy Scout flag, then the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a welcome from the master of ceremonies. Additional opening remarks and welcome were then offered by Shirley American Legion Commander Charles Church, followed by the invocation, presented by Nick's cousin, John Dimaggio.
The formal part of the Eagle Scout ceremony concluded with awarding of ceremonial pins. Nicholas' mother pinned the Eagle Scout Medal on her son. Nick then presented lapel pins to his mother, his father and Ames as thanks for their efforts and support during Nick's progress to the rank of Eagle Scout.
In addition to being awarded his Eagle Scout Certificate, the town of Groton issued a proclamation that April 7 is Nicholas Clark Day, presented by Eliot.
This was followed by a citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives presented to Nicholas by Harrington after she recited words of a pertinent song for Nick.
Dimaggio offered the benediction and the Scouts retired the colors.
The ceremony concluded, lunch was served.