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Glendale boy becomes one of the youngest ever to be named Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout Ensemble (Photo by: Rennett Stowe/Creative Commons).
Eagle Scout Ensemble (Photo by: Rennett Stowe/Creative Commons).

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A 12-year-old boy from suburban Milwaukee has become the youngest African-American ever to be named an Eagle Scout in the U.S.

James Hightower III, a 7th grader from Glendale, was honored during a weekend ceremony in Milwaukee.

He achieved the Eagle Scout rank by starting up a service project to rebuild deteriorated bleachers at a baseball diamond. He raised money for the work, and recruited other scouts to help build the bleachers.

Hightower is among the youngest to receive the Eagle Scout ranking. The average age of an honoree is 17.

Only 7 percent of Boy Scouts achieve the ranking.

Hightower's parents said they're impressed by his drive. He says he hopes to become a lawyer someday.

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