Gunter High School senior James Riddle is the newest member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 3 – and the third in his family – to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

James, the son of Dan and Sheila Riddle of Gunter, was presented his badge in a special ceremony Sunday at Gunter High School.

“Dan and Shelia, you did good raising your boys,” Assistant Scoutmaster Doug Erwin told fellow Scouts, parents, friends and other well-wishers attending the event. Brothers and Eagle Scouts Mark Riddle and Adam Riddle also were on hand to congratulate their younger sibling.

Only about 4 percent of Scouts earn the rank of Eagle. For James’ community project – the final step in achieving Eagle rank – he created a park space that included landscaping and benches around a tree that had been planted in honor of Giovanni Rangel, a Gunter High School student who passed away in 2014.

“I knew Giovanni, and when I looked at the tree they had planted in his honor, it just didn’t seem enough,” James said. “I wanted to create something substantial and enduring that would give meaning to the memorial.”

For his achievements, Riddle was named February’s Student of the Month by Gunter High School Principal Chris Dodd.

“James’ character models the graduate profile we desire of our students when they complete their time at Gunter High School,” Dodd said. “

Upon graduation, James plans to study computer science.

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