King earns Eagle Scout rank

Published 10:20 pm Friday, May 6, 2016

Connor King, son of Brian and Jackie King, has earned the rank of Eagle, the highest achievement in Boy Scouts.

Connor King

Connor King

King, a member of Troop 1, chartered by Main Street United Methodist Church, received his medal at a Court of Honor held at the church on March 20.

King joined Cub Scout Pack 1 in 2007 as a Webelos I. In 2009, he received the Arrow of Light, Cub Scouting’s highest award, and crossed into Boy Scout Troop 1. He was elected into the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society, and joined the Wahunsenakah Lodge.

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He has served the troop in leadership roles, first as a den chief, and more recently as a junior assistant scoutmaster. He has earned 31 merit badges. He treasures the scouting memories from Troop 1, especially the once-in-a-lifetime three week trip out west in 2011.

For his Eagle Scout leadership project, King built six new wooden picnic tables for Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, which are in use adjacent to the athletic fields.

King is a senior at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy. He maintains his placement on the high honors list while currently enrolled in five AP classes.

At NSA he is involved in many clubs and activities. He has served for four years on both the Helping Hands and Outreach360 Clubs and is currently president of the latter. He is president of Debate Club, is percussion section leader for concert band and serves as a Student Council representative.

King won the Summa Cum Laude Award on the National Latin Exam in 2014 and was awarded the Ann S. Powell-Mr. and Mrs. Walter F. Story United States History Scholarship for his senior year. He is the Chair of the National Honor Society chapter at NSA and is also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.

A three-sport varsity athlete, King was a member of the 2015 Division III state championship football team and was named a First Team All-State defensive lineman.

In addition to his work at NSA, King completed a physics course at Old Dominion University in the last summer. While at ODU, he was a volunteer research assistant in the university’s atomic molecular particle acceleration lab.

Also during the summer of 2015 he attended the Excel Leadership Academy in Norfolk, a program conducted by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.

King has accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy, where he will be inducted into the class of 2020 on June 30.