Pittsfield: Boy Scout earns Eagle rank
PITTSFIELD >> Robert Mottley, a member of St. Mark's Boy Scout Troop 8, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scout program. An Eagle Court of Honor was held May 14 at First United Methodist Church.
Mottley is the son of Ann and the late Harry Mottley of Pittsfield.
He began his scouting career as a Tiger Scout in Pack 1, earning his Arrow of Light. He crossed over into Troop 8, where he has served as assistant patrol leader, den chief, troop guide, chaplain aide, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, and senior patrol leader. He is currently an assistant scoutmaster.
Mottley is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. He attended the 100th anniversary National Jamboree in 2010, and a Philmont High Adventure Trek in 2013.
For his Eagle project, he repaired and refurbished the bleachers around Taconic High School's track and football field. Logging 207.5 man-hours of work, his team disassembled, cleaned and painted the bleachers, replacing rotted boards as needed.
Mottley is a graduate of the Science and Engineering Academy at Taconic High School, where he maintained honors. He was a member of the Latin Club, Chemistry Club, Gay Straight Alliance, track and cross-country teams, and sang tenor in Taconic's chorus.
A science fair participant, he was awarded honorable mention in 10th grade, third place in 12th grade, and honorable mention at the MCLA Regional Science Fair in 10th and 12th grade.
Mottley earned his first degree black belt in Uechi-ryu karate and is an active member of First United Methodist Church.
He will be attending Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y. in the fall pursuing a degree in aeronautical engineering.