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Posted on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 10 a.m.

Ypsilanti student proud to earn Eagle Scout ranking

By Tom Perkins

Through years of hard work, a Lincoln High School student has become an eagle scout.

Justin Richardson earned the honor this past fall after building at 20-foot square picnic area by the prayer garden at The Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor.

“I feel proud," Richardson said. "It has been a lot of work,”

Richardson has been involved in scouts since first grade. He initially became a Tiger Scout before progressing to Wolf, Bear, Weblos Cub and finally boy scout.


Photo courtesy of Justin Richardson

Richardson is part of Troop 290, in which he has served as an assistant patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, chaplain’s aid, patrol leader and scribe.

Richardson earned 30 merit badges in the process of becoming an Eagle Scout, which he said was the most challenging part of achieving the rank.

The idea for the final project came when when Richardson and a friend found an unused picnic table and thought it would be perfect to put next to the prayer garden at the church.

In one day they completed the project, which required them to clear shrubbery, lay down woodchips, border the picnic area with red bricks and plant sunflower seeds around the picnic area.

“That has helped me learn how to be the boss of things,” he said. “Becoming an eagle scout helped me be really responsible and be more mature.”

Richardson is a senior at Lincoln and plans to study zoology at Washtenaw Community College after graduation.



Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:58 p.m.

Congratulations Justin. Welcome to the club. This accomplishment will serve you well in any future endeavors. You, your parents and your Troop should be proud!

Unusual Suspect

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:51 p.m.

Congratulations from one Eagle Scout to another.

Ben Freed

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:16 p.m.

Congrats to Justin. My father was an eagle scout and to this day he's extremely proud of the accomplishment.


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 4:32 p.m.

I challenge Justin to a knot tying contest.


Thu, Jan 17, 2013 : 4:30 p.m.

I can only tie like one knot so I know he would destroy me at that, however I am actually pretty good at climbing so that could be a good race!

michael Limmer

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 10:59 p.m.

Challenge him to a climbing contest, I know where to place my bets.


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 4:19 p.m.

I hope that's just green paint, and not treated wood. Anybody know the answer?


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 4:58 p.m.

Appears to be green paint. Treated wood is still sold at your local lumber/home improvement store ,it just is a different process/chemical that is less harmful.


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 3:20 p.m.

Congratulations to Justin. - might adjust that headline a bit. Ypsi Boy Scout? Lincoln Senior?


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 7:45 p.m.

At least did not say he was an "Ann Arbor Eagle Scout" becuase he had lunch in A2 once.


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 3:26 p.m.

or just Great Young Man?


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 3:20 p.m.

Congratulations Justin! You should be very proud, it does take a lot of hard work and integrety to reach Eagle. Best of luck to you in the future.

Top Cat

Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 3:09 p.m.

A truly great accomplishment. Congratulations to Justin. Eagle Scout should be capitalized in the headline and article.