PARKERSBURG — Seth McHenry started Cubs at age 9 and won the Arrow of Light award, the highest Cub rank. McHenry earned 62 merit badges.
“There are lots of great things to learn like wilderness survival, knots and how to teach first aid.” he said.
McHenry said he had to hike in the woods, make a fire and sleep under the trees to earn his wilderness survival badge. He loves Scouting because of the friends he has made.
“It really is a great way to meet new friends and experience different things with each other.” he said.
McHenry said his Eagle Scout project is creating a safe space for teens at the Baptist Temple in Parkersburg.
“So for my Eagle Scout project, I thought the teenagers in the church, they need their own place to relax and let off steam because they’re dealing with a lot of things in their life and they have need a place to love, kind of, like, engage with each other”, he said.
He said he bought new furniture, table football, televisions, DVD player, mini fridge, new curtains and painted the church room.
McHenry also volunteers in the community through the Boy Scouts. He spent time helping fellow Scouts with service projects, yard cleanups, and serving food at the North Parkersburg Baptist Church soup kitchen.
McHenry has been homeschooled since fourth grade. He said it was very unique. He said his parents incorporated his Scout merit badges into homeschooling classes. He said it has been a positive experience, but he feels lonely.
“The teachers are nice, that’s for sure” he said.
He graduated at the age of 17, with a 4.0 GPA.
McHenry began his studies at Washington State Community College when he was 14 years old.
“Well, we learned about the Early Enrollment Program for Washington State, so we thought if we incorporated some of the college work into our homeschooling, it could really benefit me.” , he said. “It was a bit unnerving in some cases, especially when I’m like the youngest person there.”
He said it’s fun to learn at the college level at a young age, because the things you learn help you later in life. McHenry has earned 28 college hours and maintained a 3.8 GPA. He has nearly completed his Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts.
He said he planned to go to Marietta College or West Virginia University, so he could stay in the area. McHenry said he wanted to major in business and use the basic leadership skills he learned through Boy Scouts.
McHenry started working at Little Caesar when he was 15 years old. He said he wanted to work to earn money and save for college.
“It’s funny,” he said. “I know a lot of my colleagues don’t like working there, but we get the job done.”
He became assistant director at the age of 17. He said he got the promotion because his boss noticed his leadership qualities and enthusiasm in the workplace.
“I always try to be uplifting, I always try to keep a smile on my face, I try to get things the way they’re supposed to,” he said.
In his spare time, McHenry enjoys doing arts and crafts, playing video games, hanging out with friends, and learning new things on the internet.
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