The Lucketts Ruritan Club awarded Andrew Morrison $3500 in recognition of his outstanding achievements in academics and community service. He graduated sixth in his class from Tuscarora high school with a 4.63 GPA. Andrew took eleven AP classes and was awarded the AP Scholar with Distinction Award and the Tuscarora Academic Award. He was inducted into the National Honor Society and the Latin National Honor society in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements. Andrew, or Drew as his family calls him, has been an active member of the Lucketts Boy Scout Troop 1910 for seven years. Andrew highlighted three aspects of being a troop member as critical to shaping the person he is today. First, is his love of nature and being outdoors. The troop is very active and often goes on hikes on the Appalachian trail, Dolly Sods, and Skyline Drive and on overnight camping trips. For example, the troop took a seven-day trip to the boundary waters in Minnesota, a cluster of lakes in a vast wilderness area that extends for 150 miles along the US-Canada border. His father accompanied the troop, and while he and Andrew were fishing on one of the largest lakes quite far from camp, a storm rolled in.
Needless to say, they had a very fast paddle back to camp to outrace the storm. When they arrived back at the camp, the younger scouts were very glad to see them, as they did not know how to set up the tarps that would keep them and their supplies dry! This experience led to the second opportunity for Andrew: building leadership skills and a chance to mentor younger scouts. Accordingly, Andrew served as a Senior Patrol Leader for the second half of 2018. In this role, he was responsible for the troop’s overall operation. Currently, and with guidance from the Scoutmaster, Mike Johnson, he does everything he can to foster troop success in its activities. Third, the Scouts have instilled in Andrew a sense of community service that has resulted in his achievement of the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America, Eagle Scout. Andrew completed his Eagle Scout Project in October of 2019. Working with Gary Mears, the pastor at Faith Chapel in Lucketts, Andrew cleaned-up the cemetery at Faith Chapel. This effort involved removing brush, cleaning the fragile old limestone tombstones with a special safe cleaning solution, and setting up stones that had been knocked down. Importantly for those who love genealogy, Andrew catalogued each stone and the information on it for entry into the USGenWeb project (usgenweb.org).
With the leadership skills he has honed while in Troop 1910 and his love of math and programming, Andrew will “be prepared” for anything that comes his way! He leaves August 18th to attend the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he will major in computer engineering. The Lucketts Ruritans are proud to support such an accomplished young man and wish Andrew all the best in his future career path.