DeKalb County resident Austin David Phillips has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest award achieved as a Boy Scout. A member of Troop 106, Phillips joins an elite group of men including President Gerald Ford, former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, and J. Willard Marriott, president of Marriott Hotels, all of whom earned the rank of Eagle Scouts as young men.
The National Eagle Court of Honor for Phillips was held on March 22 at Greenforest Community Baptist Church in Decatur. Phillips received letters of commendation from several dignitaries including Presidents Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. State Rep. Billy Mitchell attended the ceremony and presented Phillips with a proclamation honoring his achievement.
Phillips was distinguished because he joined the Scouts at age 13 and had to work hard to earn badges that many scouts earn when they are much younger, said Scoutmaster Tab Brown.
“To see a young man make this trek is a huge accomplishment. Only 2 percent of Scouts become Eagles,” Brown said.
Phillips organized and led a team of scouts and volunteers in improving the grounds of Interfaith Outreach Home, a transitional housing facility for homeless families in Atlanta. The team planted fruit trees, repainted and repaired a fence and painted two benches at the facility.
A senior at Woodward Academy in College Park, Phillips is a four-year letterman in football and three-year letterman in lacrosse.
Phillips is a member of Antioch A.M.E. Church in Stone Mountain, where he served on the junior usher board and athletic ministry. The pastors of his church, Dr. Stafford Wicker and Rev. Constance Wicker, respectively conducted the invocation and benediction for Phillips’ penning ceremony.
In July, Phillips will attend a three-week Summer Engineering Enrichment program at Auburn University, where he will attend in the fall to pursue civil engineering.
Phillips is the son of Ron and Karen Phillips, South DeKalb business owners.