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High School Freshman Earns Eagle Scout Honor Just Weeks After Losing His Father

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Indian Creek freshman Elijah Connell has exceeded the expectations again.  

The church was packed, but someone was missing and represented by an empty chair.

“I’m really excited to actually be an Eagle, because my dad was one,” Elijah said.

“One week after Elijah passed the board of reviews, so we knew he had gotten Eagle, my husband passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at 51 in his sleep,” Kerri Connell, Elijah’s mom.

With the help of his dad, Daniel, last summer, Elijah earned every single Boy Scout Merit badge and, and now, he is an Eagle Scout.  Less than 10 percent of scouts ever earn that rank, and less than 300 total boys out of more than 800,000 scouts have earned all 137 badges. That’s just a fraction of a percent.

His inspiration to keep earning more, is the same now as it has been for the past three years.

“Mainly, my dad. Knowing that he would have done the same, and I should do also the same,” said Elijah.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the church as a common theme, spoken by Elijah’s father, was echoed by a scout leader.

“I know your father told you how important is was to be a true Eagle, and not just a paper eagle. With the paperwork looking good and your actions reflecting something different.” 

“My husband was very focused. He was a perfectionist, and Elijah has that as well. It’s the tenacity,” his mom added.

Elijah says his next goal is to earn as many Eagle Scout Palms as he can before he turns 18.

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