Mayfield presents Eagle Scout ranking to local teen

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Thursday, March 16, 2017 1:10 pm

STATEHOUSE (March 16, 2017) – State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) recently presented Dakota Fluharty of Martinsville with a certificate recognizing his attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout.

Fluharty is the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Fluharty. He is a senior at Martinsville High School and a member of the Academic Decathlon state championship team.

According to the Boy Scouts of America, to earn the Eagle Scout rank, which is the highest advancement rank that a Boy Scout can earn, requirements must be met in the areas of leadership, service and outdoor skills. Many methods are available to demonstrate proficiency in these areas and advance through the ranks, such as passing a number of specific skill tests and earning merit badges.

"Anyone familiar with the time and effort that it takes to meet the requirements for this award can certainly attest to the strong character of any individual who has achieved that goal,” Mayfield said. “Like many Eagles before him, Dakota faced challenges on his path to success, only to overcome them through perseverance and determination. It is with even greater pride that I am able to recognize Dakota, not only as a state representative, but as an adult member of Troop 219 who, along with many other members of the troop, encouraged Dakota on his journey to Eagle."

Mayfield said while only four percent of Boy Scouts who commence on this journey ultimately achieve this high honor, 10 of the 12 scouts that joined Troop 219 with Fluharty have become Eagles.

Mayfield and her husband, Dean, sit on the executive board of Hoosier Trails Council of Boy Scouts of America. The council provides character development and values-based leadership training programs to approximately 6,000 youth in 18 counties in South Central Indiana.

According to Mayfield, some well-known Eagle Scouts include astronaut Neil Armstrong, business magnate Bill Gates, President Gerald Ford, among others.

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State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents House District 60, which includes portions of Morgan and Monroe counties and is the Asst. Majority Floor Leader. She serves as a member of Ways and Means, Insurance and Public Policy committees.

NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Attached and below is a picture for print and online use. Pictured left to right are Dean Mayfield (Mayfield’s husband and adult member of Troop 219), Elizabeth Fluharty (mother of Dakota), Dakota Fluharty and State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville). All were in attendance to witness Fluharty receive the highest rank that a Boy Scout can earn.