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Twin Eagle Scouts ready to graduate from Harmony GroveOriginally Published May 12, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated May 10, 2013 at 10:45 a.m.
John Bailey Hagerty and Tyler W. Hagerty have a lot of things in common — their birthday, their Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America and, soon, their graduation day.
The 18-year-old twin sons of Tony Hagerty and Tracy Murphy-Hagerty of Haskell will graduate from Harmony Grove High School at 7 p.m. Thursday during ceremonies in the Daniel Henley Fieldhouse at the high school. Following graduation, Bailey plans to pursue a trade, maybe that of a plumber; Tyler plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to major in computer science and become an entrepreneur.
Although the young men were born in Little Rock, they have lived in Haskell all their lives, attending Harmony Grove schools since kindergarten. Bailey is the older one, telling people with a grin, “I’m 420 seconds older than he is.”
Tyler computes that figure: “That’s seven minutes.”
While in high school, Bailey played trumpet in the band, sang in the choir, played soccer and took art. Tyler was in cheer, was active in Future Business Leaders of America and was a member of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council.
Under their father’s guidance, Bailey and Tyler began working on their Eagle Scout rank 12 years ago.
“It’s the highest ranking in Scouts,” Tyler said. “You have to go through all the ranks to obtain it, beginning in Cub Scouts.”
Information from the Boy Scouts of America’s website states that in order to obtain the Eagle rank, the Scout must progress through the ranks in the following order: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and, finally, Eagle. Among other achievements, the Scout also must earn 21 merit badges and “plan, develop and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization or any school or community.”
For his Eagle Scout project, Bailey built storage cabinets to serve as a food pantry for the school district.
“They serve from 18 to 21 families a week,” Bailey said.
For his Eagle Scout project, Tyler helped equip a special-needs class in the Harmony Grove School District by building a balance beam, a sand table and a puppet theater.
Bailey and Tyler are members of BSA Troop 33. They received their Eagle Scout badges March 30 during a Court of Honor ceremony at Holland Chapel Baptist Church in Benton, where they are members.
During their time as Scouts, Bailey and Tyler attended the 100th National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia in 2010. They also spent time at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M.
In honor of their Eagle Scout rankings, the city of Haskell recognized Bailey and Tyler with proclamations from Mayor Jeff Arey declaring March 30 as Eagle Scout Tyler W. Hagerty Day and Eagle Scout John Bailey Hagerty Day.
As the two young men begin to make preparations for the next phases of their lives, they shared their personal mottos.
“Keep moving forward,” Bailey said, with Tyler then saying, “Dream big or don’t dream at all.”