Southern Nash teen earns Eagle Scout honor

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BAILEY — Jesse Preston Barnes, a member of Bailey Boy Scout Troop 12 and a resident of Middlesex, has earned the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America.

Preston is the son of James “J.P.” and Melissa Barnes and the brother of Jacob and Joshua, who are also scouts.

Only about 3 percent of Boy Scouts attain the Eagle rank. Scouts must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and completing an Eagle Scout project.

For his project, Preston demolished and rebuilt the wheelchair ramp and wooden steps of Five Points Community Church in Zebulon.

Preston, 16, is a sophomore at Southern Nash High School, where he is a member of the junior varsity baseball team. After high school, he plans on attending the United States Coast Guard Academy or Liberty University.

Preston says “I am thankful to the membership of Bailey Masonic Lodge, the Bailey Chamber of Commerce and the continued local support for Bailey Boy Scout Troop 12,” Preston said. “Without continued support from the community, southern Nash County wouldn’t have a Boy Scout troop.”

An Eagle Scout ceremony honoring Preston will be held from 2-4 p.m. May 26 on the waterfront at Camp Charles in Bailey. Family and friends are invited to attend.

Troop 12 has been serving Bailey-Middlesex area youth since 1933.