Heights teen earns Eagle Scout ranking
William Tipton III, a 14-year-old ninth-grade student at Harker Heights High School, passed his Eagle Board of Review on Sept. 29 and plans a ceremony in February.
He began his scouting journey in 2004 as a Tiger Scout with a Cub Scout Pack in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. He bridged up to Wolves, Bears and Webelos with Pack 820.
Due to his family’s military relocation, he started his second year of Webelos with Pack 255 in Harker Heights. There, he received Cub Scouts’ highest award, the Arrow of Light, and crossed over to Boy Scouts in February 2009. Tipton worked hard to achieve the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life, and earned a total of 34 merit badges during three years.
In 2011, as a Life Scout with Troop 255 in Harker Heights, Tipton set a goal to earn his Eagle Scout rank in 2012, because he found out he could earn a special commemorative Eagle patch, celebrating 100 years of the first Eagle Scout.
Tipton was inducted into the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America, the Order of the Arrow, as an ordeal member in April. He continues on the path to becoming a Brotherhood member. He also received the Den Chief Award in December.
Tipton secured more than $2,000 for his Eagle Scout project, which was to provide first-grade school supplies and backpacks to 131 graduating kindergarten students at Skipcha Elementary School in Harker Heights. He chose Skipcha because it was his school, and he wanted to give back to his community. After spending 161 hours on his Eagle Scout project, Tipton hopes to continue to help others achieve their goals.
He is the son of Maxine and Will Tipton Jr. of Harker Heights, and has a sister, Michaela Tipton.
Mellon earns MBA at A&M-Central Texas
John P. Mellon graduated Dec. 15 with a Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University-Central Texas.
Mellon was recently promoted to vice president of commercial credit management at Extraco Banks.
He is married to Kari Mellon and has three children. He is a lifelong resident of the Killeen/Harker Heights area and received his bachelor’s degree in finance from LeTourneau University in Longview.