Buck, Morris receive Eagle Scout awards
FLORENCE, S.C. – Trae Buck and Ivan Morris received Eagle Scout awards on Dec. 17 at a First Presbyterian scouting ministry court of honor.
Scout executive Michael Hesbach offered congratulations and former scoutmaster Jan Bays charged the Scouts to always live by the Scout oath and law. To honor the occasion, Rep. Jay Jordan provided flags flown over the state capital. The flags were presented by Wendell Jones.
Ernest Benjamin ‘Trae’ Buck III
Buck, 17, of Darlington is a senior at Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School, where he is a captain of the football and baseball teams and was selected as an all-region football player. He was chosen as MVP and received the Coaches Award in baseball.
He also is a member of FCA and serves as president of the Teenage Republicans Club. He also is a member of the Skeet Team, Math Team, National Honors Society and the National Spanish Honors Society. He also was selected to be a Junior Class Usher and a National Advanced Placement Scholar.
Buck wishes to attend the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in the fall and pursue a career in neurosurgery while also advancing his piloting skills.
Buck has traveled to Orlando, Florida, to swim with the manatees. He has been on North Carolina skiing trips and has attended Camp Coker in Society Hill numerous times, Myrtle Beach Pelicans Camp, a Yorktown Battleship camping trip in Charleston and a Sparkleberry Swamp trip at Santee Lakes.
He was selected as a flag bearer for TBCS’s graduation ceremonies. Buck’s first camping trip with Troop 477 was in the fall of 2015 at Clemson Extension, where he and his fellow troop member/best friend Ben Naso reeled in a 7-pound largemouth bass. Throughout scouting, he has become a member of the Order of the Arrow while also serving as Troop 477’s assistant senior patrol leader.
For his Eagle Scout project, Buck cosmetically refinished the entire parking areas located at TBCS. This refinishing project allowed for all faculty, staff, students and visitors of the school to safely and clearly identify all parking.
Buck is the son of Ernie and Rita Buck. He has a 13-year-old brother, Tannor, who also attends TBCS and is a First-Class Scout in Troop 477.
Ivan Edward Morris
Morris, 17, is a junior at South Florence High School who joined Troop 477 in the sixth grade. He is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club.
Morris has been part of the varsity cross country team for South Florence since the seventh grade.
After graduation in 2020, Morris is interested in pursuing a business degree and eventually having his own custom automotive business. He would like to attend college out west to be close to mountains, deserts, mountain biking and snow.
Morris is active at First Presbyterian Church. He serves on the Youth Leadership Council, volunteers at East Florence Mission and ushers on Sunday mornings.
Morris has had many great experiences because of his involvement in Troop 477. He has been swimming with the manatees, learned to snow ski and tubed at the lake. In the summers, he has joined the troop on several multiple-day back country camping trips. Morris has been to Mt. Rogers in Virginia, the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness Area in North Carolina and the Wind River Range in Wyoming. He went to Philmont the summer of 2017 and enjoyed horseback riding in addition to the breathtaking scenery.
Backpacking is Morris’ favorite adventure in Scouts, and he earned two 50-Miler patches. He has earned 25 merit badges and the God and Country pin. He served as librarian and historian. Morris was inducted into the Order of the Arrow and participated in OA Fellowships.
As a result of his time at East Florence Mission, he wanted his Eagle Scout project to benefit the children there. He decided to build them a Gaga Ball pit. He raised all of the money necessary for supplies from family, friends and a local business. On the day of the build, nine Scouts came to help. Morris directed them on construction and assembly of the pit. The children at EFM are very happy to have this piece of equipment where many of them can play at the same time. Morris has enjoyed playing Gaga Ball with them.
Morris is the son of Milton and Alexis Morris. He has a younger brother, Zane, who followed him in Boy Scouts.