He was presented the award at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on June 2 by Dr. W. Cecil Stanbery, scoutmaster of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 10, chartered by Broad Street United Methodist Church.
Christopher received many letters of congratulations from national, state and local government officials, current and former Scout leaders and members, and many other people and organizations.
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis issued a proclamation name June 2 as Christopher Jackson Hughes Day in Bradley County. He also received a proclamation honoring his achievement from State Rep. Kevin Brooks. On Saturday, State Sen. Mike Bell presented him with a proclamation and a Tennessee State flag that had been flown over the State Capitol in his honor.
For Hughes’ Eagle Project, he constructed and installed a cargo access ramp to the Indian Ministries of North America home office, pressure washed the concrete foundation and repainted windows and shutters. He also installed a solar-powered attic fan to provide a cost effective, energy efficient way to circulate air.
Christopher is the son of Johnny and Becky Hughes. He is the younger brother to Elizabeth Hughes. His grandparents are James and Imojean Hughes and the late Jack and Emogene Trotter.
Christopher, 17, is a rising senior at Cleveland High School.
He first became involved with Scouting when Duane Hudson with Pack 3044, chartered through Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, visited his school.
He joined Cub Scout Pack 3044 as a Tiger Cub and journeyed his way through the Webelos rank. As a Webelo, he earned the Super Achiever Award and the Arrow of Light Award, Cub Scout’s highest honor.
In March of 2006, having completed the ranks of Cub Scouts, he crossed over into Boy Scouts with Troop 10, led by Scoutmaster Dr. Cecil Stanbery. He has been active with the troop holding a variety of leadership positions including senior patrol leader.
Christopher has enjoyed his journey through each rank, learning many skills along his way.
He especially enjoys camping, hiking, backpacking, and cycling. He has participated in summer scout camps at Skymont Scout Reservation and Woodruff Scout Reservation.
He has hiked various portions of the Appalachian Trail, biked many other trails, and been on two 10-day backpacking trips to Philmont Scout Ranch in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.
At Cleveland High School, he is a Raider Scholar and a Tennessee Scholar. He currently has a 4.0 GPA and is president of the Future Business Leaders of America, where he has competed in regional and state competitions.
He is also a member of the National Honors Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Upon graduation next year, he plans to attend Lee University and major in business.
Christopher has the heart of a servant. He volunteered for the Caring Place while completing his requirements for the Citizenship in the Community merit badge.
Proud of his Cherokee heritage, he volunteers extensively for Indian Ministries of North America, a nonprofit ministry focusing on reaching Native Americans across the United States.
He plays guitar and keyboard for the ministry’s praise team, and has led praise and worship at many services, youth camps, and youth gatherings.
He has participated in the ministry’s youth leadership summer program for the last three years. During this summer program he has participated in distributing food, clothing, and household items to families in need.
He has fed the homeless, worked on street evangelism teams, been a part of construction teams, and served as a peer leader to Native American teens.
Christopher strives to live his life according to the Scout Law: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.