Marberry, Tucker Alexander

Tucker Marberry is the 17 year old son of Cecil and Sandra Marberry. He is the middle (or "the center" as he jokingly declares) child; 5 years younger than Chase and 5 years older than Olivia. He is the grandson of Stanley and Iretta Tull of Edgewood, Texas, and the late Bill and Claudia Marberry of Lubbock.
Tucker has been home schooled all his life. His unique personality and intellect have challenged his mom witht the task of "just trying to stay one step ahead of him." As a junior in high school, he enrolled in South Plains COllege and Texas Tech ROTC, and will graduate high school in may with over 50 hours of college credit. He was awarded the Silver ROTC Medal from the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution for recognition of outstanding leadership qualities, military bearing and excellence, and the ROTC Challenge Coin for military knowledge. He has applied to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he has already received a "Letter of Assurance" for Appointment, and the United States Naval Academy, where he hopes to hear very soon of an Appointment, because he much prefers the phrase, "Go Navy, Beat Army!" His goal is to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in the field of Engineering, and to become an officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Tucker's involvement in the Lubbock community reaches beyond troop service projects, including volunteering at the TTU therapeutic stables, entertaining senior citizens and children with magic shows, painting, mowing or cleaning for the elderly, helping to load food boxes at church, and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, South Plains Food Bank and Salvation Army.
Tucker was selected 2009 Lubbock Lions' Club Outstanding Youth because of his commitment to volunteering. His core values and faith in God have been foundational in his desire to serve others.
Tucker spent four weeks during two summers at a challenging leadership "boot camp" called QUEST. Other activities and interests Tucker has enjoyed throughout high school include rifle competition, robotics competition, scuba diving certification, playing the piano, and wood turning.
At 15, Tucker discovered the opportunities available to him through Boy Scouts from a dear family friend, Mrs. Claire Hart. With encouragement from Mrs. Hart, and Mr. Chuck Smith, Tucker plunged into scouting with gusto. His love for outdoor adventure and challenging activities fueld his enthusiasm every step of the way. From the spring break trip on the U.S.S. Lexington to backpacking through snow up to Santa Fe Baldy on the Pecos Wilderness trip, Tucker has loved every minute of the journey. One of the many highlights for Tucker was the National Centennial Jamboree this past summer. Another of the many exhilarating moments was Order of the Arrow Tap Out in July. Tucker has served in several leadership roles in Troop 157. His greatest passion has been in serving on Flag Detail whenever given the opportunity, as a way to honor the country he loves., and the heroes who defend it. Tucker recently participated in the "Aggie/Eagle" program at Texas A&M where he experienced life with the Corps of Cadets for a  weekend with other Eagle Scouts from across the UNited States.
Inspired by his love and respect for the U.S. Military, Tucker worked with the Texas Air Museum in Slaton to lay a concrete sidewalk for an outdoor exhibit of a T-2B Buckeye jet trainer for his Eagle project. He is very grateful to Mr. Malcolm Lainge for his assistance and patience throughout the process, and Mr. Tim Moran with TM Concrete who generously donated the use of his equipment, resources and time to akid who just "found him in the phone book"! Tucker would also like to express his appreciation to all the scouts, scouters and volunteers who found their way out to the Slaton air strip to give a hand and get a little dirty.
The adult leaders of Troop 157 have played a considerable role in helping Tucker "find his wings". He humbly extends a heartfelt thank you to Mr. Payne and all the other "157" men for their selfless commitment and guidance to the troop. Tucker would like to particularly express his appreciation to Mr. Chuck Smith who has mentoreed Tucker, as a man of integrity, and has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Mr. Smith, you have made a significant contributon in Tucker's life and he will always think of you with the greatest of honor and admiration.