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Connor Hays of Crestwood has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award.
He completed his Board of Review on Jan. 23 and was recognized in ceremonies on Saturday, July 26, at Covenant United Methodist Church.
A member of Troop 153, chartered to Covenant United Methodist Church, Connor is one of approximately four percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to Scoutmaster Mark Roup.
Each candidate must earn all 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church or synagogue-related service project to earn his Eagle. Connor chose to build a sensory, which is a wall that has been divided into different sections, each section containing a different set of items, for Apple Patch in Crestwood. The goal of the project was to help people with autism cope with the hypersensitivity that comes with the disorder by providing them with sensations to focus on when they touch or look at the assortment of items.
He has served as Chaplain, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Instructor and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster and received many Scouting honors, including Ordeal from Order of the Arrow, the 100 Miler Award from Northern Tier High Adventure Base and the Triple Crown Award for completing the three currently running High Adventure Bases: Northern Tier, Sea Base and Philmont.
Connor is a member of Crestwood Baptist Church and was active in the Kentucky Youth Assembly, the Kentucky United Nations Assembly, Spectrum, National Honor Society, Beta Club and the band before graduating Oldham County High School as Summa Cum Laude/Valedictorian. He will be attending Centre College in the fall.
He is the son of Kenny and Kellie Hays, Jr., of Crestwood.