Young, Aaron Lee

Aaron Lee Young, 17, is the son of James and Teri Young, and is the younger brother of Andrew Young, 25, a graduate student working on his Masters in Crop Science at Texas Tech University. Aaron is the grandson of Doyle and Bettie Butler of Anton, TX, and the late Oren and Wanda Young of Atlanta, TX, and the great grandson of Jewel Lair of Littlefield, TX.

Aaron attends Highland Baptist Church in Lubbock and is currently a senior at Lubbock High School. He visited Texas A&M, UT and Texas Tech University this summer but is undecided as to which university he will attend next fall.

Aaron began his scouting career by joining Cub Scout Pack 503 at All Saints Episcopal School in the second grade as a Wolf Scout. His Dad, James Young was one of the Pack Leaders of his pack. Aaron was an active member in the Cub Scout troop where he enjoyed building cars for the pinewood derby races and other troop activities. Aaron advanced through the Cub Scout ranks from Wolf to Bear to Webelos. As a Webelo, he earned the World Conservation Award and Cub Scouting’s highest rank, the Arrow of Light in the 5th grade. The summer after completing 5th grade in 2004, Aaron joined Boy Scout Troop 157 just in time to go to summer camp at Lake Murray in Ardmore, OK. Mom was worried but he had a blast and has attended every summer camp since then. The last two summers he has been a Junior Staff member of Cowboy Camp. In Boy Scout Troop 157, Aaron has participated in the roles of patrol scribe and troop historian. Aaron was troop historian from April 2006 through April 2008 and during this time; he researched the troop history for the 50-year celebration of Boy Scout Troop 157. He prepared a PowerPoint presentation on the 50-year history of the troop highlighting activities, scout leaders, and all scouts earning the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 157 and gave this presentation at the 50-year celebration banquet.

Aaron has a love for science. He competed in the All Saints Science Fair in grades 3 through 8 and winning 1st or 2nd advanced to the South Plains Regional Science and Engineering fair held at Texas Tech University each year. His 6th grade year he won the regional competition for 6th through 9th grade category. He was also named a Discovery Channel Young Scientist and competed in the Discovery Channel national competition and was one of the top 50 finalists out of 2000 entrants. His experiment that year was studying the effect of different types and colors of mulch on plant growth. Out of his garden, he donated several pounds of produce to the South Plains Food Bank.

Aaron is currently a member of the Lubbock High School orchestra as well as the previous two years and was an orchestra member at All Saints Episcopal School from 3rd through 9th grades. His instrument of choice is the violin not the “fiddle” as his Papaw calls it. He won numerous awards while in the All Saints Episcopal School orchestra and his Lubbock High School orchestra has won sweepstakes at UIL competition for the past two years.

Aaron was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society at All Saints Episcopal School in 7th grade and served as president his 9th grade year. He was inducted into the National Honor Society at Lubbock High School as a Junior and is an active member participating in many projects including weekly sorting of recycling at the school and stuffing stockings for soldiers stationed in the Middle East at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.

In his 9th grade and final year at All Saints Episcopal School, Aaron received the Monty Vogul Award for Excellence for being the student with the highest grade point average. He is currently ranked in the top ten percent of his senior class at Lubbock High School. He was selected as a member of Who’s Who among America’s Junior High School students in the 8th and 9th grades and as a sophomore; Aaron was a member of the Octathlon team at Lubbock High School.

Aaron comes from a scouting family. His granddaddy, the late Oren Young, was a Lone Scout from 1930 to 1932. From 1950 to 1980, he was associated with Explorer Post 41, Pack 41, and Troop 41 as an advisor, troop committeeman, and merit badge councilor. His Dad, James Young, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1973 and his Wood Badge in 1977 in Boy Scout Troop 41. His Mom, Teri Young, was a Brownie, and a Girl Scout.

At the request of Will Pylant, a close family friend, Aaron chose for his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project a project that would recognize and honor all veterans buried in the Anton Cemetery. His project involved installing galvanized steel flag holders near each veteran’s gravestone using a plat map of the cemetery to locate the graves. Aaron’s project also included restoration of the two flowerbeds surrounding the Anton Veteran’s Memorial. He supervised many volunteers in digging out the flowerbeds, clearing away overgrown grass, installing a drip irrigation system and edging, replacing the cleaned soil, covering the beds with weed block cloth, replanting the flowers and covering the entire surface of each flowerbed with red bark mulch to help retain moisture. Many Anton citizens have told his grandparents how good the memorial looks and that he did an excellent job. Roger Harrell, president of the Anton Cemetery Association especially thanked him because the installed flag holders will make his job of placing flags at veterans’ graves for patriotic holidays much easier and faster.

Aaron would like to thank all the scouts and Anton community volunteers for all of their work in helping him complete his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. Aaron would also like to thank all of his scout leaders in Troop 157 for their inspiration, guidance, and continuing support in helping him to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Last, but most certainly not least, he would like to thank his parents and grandparents for their love and support through the years.