The following have been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor given by the Boy Scouts of America:
■ Matthew Collard, 18, is a member of Troop No. 13 sponsored by Maxwell Street Presbyterian Church. Matthew is a senior at Lexington Catholic High School. He is the son of Mark and Debbie Collard of Lexington. Matthew's Eagle project was to lead his troop in building a covered shelter for the South Elkhorn Baptist Church playground.
■ Austin DeMuth, 16, is a member of Troop No. 16, sponsored by Immanuel Baptist Church. Austin is a junior at Lexington Catholic High School. He is the son of Bob and Sara DeMuth of Lexington. Austin's Eagle project involved opening a store for Catholic Charities of Lexington called Suit Yourself, which helps the unemployed find suitable clothing to help in the search for jobs. It also provides help with interview skills and résumé writing.
■ Brice Harney, 17, is a member of Troop No. 473 led by Scoutmaster Lee Linebaugh. Brice is a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. He is the son of Bruce and Diane Harney of Lexington. For his Eagle project, Brice led troop members and volunteers in refurbishing a basement storage area and organizing donations to the clothing bank for the Manchester Center, which provides community and social services for residents of Lexington's Irishtown, Davistown, Smithtown, Thompson Road Addition and Spiegel Heights neighborhoods.
■ Michael Harr, 18, is a member of Troop No. 382 sponsored by Crestwood Christian Church. Michael is a 2010 graduate of Lexington Catholic High School and is a freshman at the University of Kentucky. He is the son of Rich and Michelle Harr of Lexington. For his Eagle project, Michael built several benches for a memorial garden at a local elementary school.
■ Griffin Davis Mullins, 18, is a member of Troop 382 sponsored by Crestwood Christian Church. Griffin is a 2010 graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and studies Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. He is the son of Greg Mullins and Katherine Harper of Lexington. For his Eagle project, Griffin built seven sturdy step stools to replace those in use at the Lexington Hearing and Speech Center. The school uses the stools in restrooms and water fountains for their preschool children.
■ Kyle M. Sprague, 15, began as a Cub Scout with Pack 279 in 2000, advancing through the ranks of Wolf, Bear and Webelos. Kyle is a sophomore at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, where he is a member of the cross country and track teams and the orchestra. He is the son of Tim and Nancy Sprague. For his Eagle project, Kyle led a crew of 25 volunteers in securing materials for and building a three-section rotating compost bin for an area community garden.
■ Ryan W. Walton, 18, is a member of Troop No. 144. Ryan has been active in scouting since the first grade. He is a senior at Estill County High School and the son of Jimmie and Sheila Wise and James and Rhonda Walton. For his Eagle project, Ryan built four benches and landscaped around each one for patients and families to use at Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital and Irvine Healthcare and Rehabilitation.
■ William A. Whalen, 17, is a member of Troop No. 103, sponsored by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. William is a senior, majoring in voice, at SCAPA at Lafayette High School. He is the son of Lew and Susan Whalen of Lexington. For his Eagle project, William built a storage shed for the Ronald McDonald House.