Lessley earns Eagle Scout

Bennett Lessley, a senior at Sallisaw High School, recently earned the Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

Lessley is a member of Troop 731 in Sallisaw that meets at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC). Bennett is the son of Lisa Lessley and the grandson of Chris Pointer and Jim Lessley.

Lessley began his scouting journey as a Tiger Scout in the first grade. He is the first boy in memory to complete the journey from Tiger Cub to Eagle Scout. Bennett also earned the Arrow of Light, the highest honor in Cub Scouting.

A requirement to earn the Eagle Award is that each scout must complete a project. Lessley choose to restripe the parking lot of the Methodist Church. He completed that last September before turning 18 years old. The day-long project involved painting all the parking lot lines. Lessley planned the project, collected donations to pay for it and lead volunteers in the cleaning and painting of the parking lot. He was helped by boys from the troop and his extended family.

“Bennett is a great young man,” Jim Hollifield, minister of FUMC said. “I appreciate the way scouting takes boys, teaches leadership and makes them men of honor.”

Lessley is a member of the Sallisaw High School Football team, Sallisaw Track team, Member of the Spanish Club.

He is a Member of FUMC and enjoys music and video gaming. Bennett will be attending college in the fall.

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