Another Young Eagle Scout - Mensa Bulletin July 2011

At just twelve years old, Brandon C. became one of the youngest Eagle Scouts in the history of the Boy Scouts of America. As a member of Troop 23 in Manahawkin, NJ, Brandon  earned 91 merit badges, the World Conversation Award, and two Catholic Scouting awards. Brandon, a Mensa since he was seven yers old, is also a part of the John Hopkins University Center for talented Youth, the Latin Honor Society, the National Math Honor Society, and the National Home School Honor Society. He won the Prudential Spirit of Community Award's 2011 Certificate of Achievement for community service, the National Exchange Club Youth of the Year Award, Youth of the Month Award, and Young Citizenship Award, among others.


Mensan becomes one of the youngest Eagle scouts ever

 Thirteen-year-old Mensan Anthony A. of Fairfax, Va., recently became one of the youngest Eagle Scouts in Boy Scouts of America history. The eighth grader participated in regular camping trips and earned merit badges in subjects as varied as personal financial management to fishing, emergency preparedness to archery. His journey culminated with his Eagle Scout Service Project — the design and construction of a picnic area, including tables and benches for a local church and school. In addition to the new picnic area, Anthony was able to donate more than 10 bags of food to a local community shelter.

Anthony plans to continue in his roles in scouting as a Den Chief for a local Cub Scout Pack, a Troop Guide, and a mentor for younger scouts in his troop. He also wants to continue his scouting development by earning the Bronze, Gold and Silver Eagle Palms, and he plans on participating in Boy Scout High Adventure outings and programs once he is old enough (you have to be at least 14).

Reprinted from the July 2009 Mensa Bulletin






Mensan Quadruplets All Venturer Members-

Most teenage siblings tend to share clothes and maybe even a family car, but one set of quadruplets from Wylie, Texas, shares something much greater: serious smarts.

The quadruplets -- Moria, Alanna, Thomas and Patrick -- are 17-year-old juniors at Lovejoy High School who just happen to be extremely bright and gifted.

The foursome have just been accepted into the prestigious high-IQ club, American Mensa, after scoring in the top 2 percent on a standardized test that qualified them for membership.

In the process, the multiples have made history.
Courtesy of the quadruplets -- Moria, Alanna, Thomas and Patrick-- of Wylie, Texas, have been accepted into American Mensa. The siblings are the first set of quadruplets to join the organization in its 50-year history.
Monica H., marketing assistant for American Mensa, told AOL News that the siblings are the very first set of quadruplets to be accepted into the organization in its 50-year history.

"It's the first time quadruplets have qualified for membership at the exact same time," Hatley said.

The teens are certainly in good company.

Hatley said there are more than 2,200 Mensans in the club who are under 18 years old, so the they will be able to meet many peers of their age once they start attending Mensa meetings.

Hatley also noted that Mensa boasts more than 1,800 families with "two or more Mensa members," so the club does have its fair share of family ties.

Still, it appears none are quite as unique as the Family' brainy bond.

The quadruplets share many similar interests and keep a busy schedule.

For starters, they're each proud members of the Boy Scout Venturing Crew, a co-ed youth development program in Texas. The girls, Alanna and Moria, have each been recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout age 14 to 18 can earn.

The boys, Thomas and Patrick, are both decorated Eagle Scouts.

All four siblings are dedicated members of their high school cross-country track team and practice tae kwon do, proving they also have a sporty side. They don't just hit the books, they hit the ground running.

Meanwhile, Alanna and Thomas are both members of their school's academic decathlon team. Moria and Patrick both participate in the Mock Trial program at Lovejoy and are varsity band members.

Alanna, Thomas and Patrick have been studying Chinese for three years, while Moria studies American Sign Language.

Clearly, these aren't your typical distracted, glued-to-their-Xbox teenagers, although the siblings beg to differ.

"We're pretty normal kids, by our standards," Moria told AOL News in an interview after school. "We're your typical siblings. We share some interests but are all very different."

For example, Moria said, she's involved with her school's Future Farmers of America club and aspires to study veterinary medicine in college somewhere far off, like Glasgow, Scotland.

Patrick, on the other hand, told AOL News that he's very interested in athletics and his cross-country track team. His dream, he said, is to one day become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, though he acknowledged that getting there will be "extremely rigorous."

Their other siblings -- Alanna and Thomas -- who couldn't make the interview because they were busy taking part in an academic decathlon competition -- also have their own things going for them.

Moria and Patrick both agreed that Alanna is "the creative one" of the bunch, while Thomas is athletic and could be considered the patient one.

"He's the only one with a dog," said Patrick.

"Thomas raised him all by himself," Moria added proudly.

"Alanna is our resident musician. She plays the guitar and sings a lot," Patrick explained.

"She's into knitting and making crafts. She knits scarves, shirts and hats. She's donated her hats to homeless people in Dallas," Moria elaborated on her sister. "She's very creative."

But what about sibling rivalry?

With so many talents under one roof, one would think the  quadruplets would be intently competitive.


"I don't feel much competition among us. It's not like we line up our grades and compare them to see who's the smartest. It's not like that," Moria said.

"We tend to work together more often than not," Patrick added. "It's better that way."

One more thing the multiples have in common is how they actually got into Mensa.

Patrick said they were all tested at the same time for a gifted and talented program at their school, and their high-IQ scores ended up qualifying them for admission into Mensa.

"I heard our scores were incredibly close," Moria said. "But it wasn't a competition. We hadn't even really though about joining Mensa before this."

Now, the teenagers are looking forward to exploring their new extracurricular activity and are gearing up for their first Mensa gathering in Texas in February.

They said they're most excited to check out Mensa's "Special Interest Groups," smaller groups catered to members with very specific interests, such as fishing, motorcycling, SCUBA and chess. There's even a group for chocoholics with a sweet tooth.

The quadruplets' father, Patrick  Sr., told AOL News that he and his wife, Fern, couldn't be more proud of their kids making Mensa history.

Like a good parent, however, Patrick Sr. wants to make sure his kids don't get develop swollen egos with all of this newfound attention.

"We're very proud of them, but they must remember that a high IQ is a measure of aptitude, not a measure of accomplishments. We don't want any swelled heads here; we want them to continue working hard and achieve their goals in life," he explained.

Still, it's hard for a loving parent not to boast just a little, considering the quadruplets had the odds stacked against them from the start.

"This is almost a miracle, really. They were born 13 weeks premature. Moria weighed 1 pound, 10 ounces, and the biggest, Thomas, only weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces. They were in the intensive care unit for three months. We honestly didn't even know if they were going to make it," their dad said.

Well, the  quadruplets obviously persevered -- and racked up major brain power in the process, and a coveted Mensa membership, to boot


NY Boy Scout Earns All 121 Merit Badges

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

NEW YORK — A Long Island teenager has earned all 121 merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America. It's an accomplishment the local arm of the organization calls "an almost unheard-of feat."

Oceanside resident Shawn G. earned his final badge — for bugling — in time for his 18th birthday in November. He far surpassed the 21 badges required to achieve the elite rank of Eagle Scout.

He says he took about five years to earn his first 62 badges and then nearly doubled that number in a matter of months. He did it with the encouragement of his grandmother, who died shortly before he reached his goal.

The Binghamton University freshman was awarded his final badges on Dec. 19. He says he hopes to become a businessman and politician.


Maryland Eagle Scout earns all 121 merit badges

Cody E. confessed that Bugling was the toughest merit badge he had to earn, but unlike others in the recent past, he didn’t put it off to be the last one. Congratulations to another member of the 121 Merit Badge Club.From

 the Frederick, Maryland, Gazette


Frederick resident and Eagle Scout Cody E. has spent the last seven years learning skills most people won’t acquire in their lifetimes.

The 17-year-old Gov. Thomas Johnson High School junior recently was awarded the last of the 121 obtainable merit badges in Boy Scouts of America in March, an accomplishment that the organization deems almost unattainable.

 Cody, who belongs to the Troop 1998 based out of the Elks Lodge in Frederick, said that though he had been involved in scouting for seven years, it was only in the last two that he realized that he was close to doing what very few scouts do in their Boy Scout careers. Realizing how close he was to getting the last badge, he became more motivated.

“I never thought I had much time to earn them all until I got just over halfway there,” Cody said. “I thought, ‘I have a chance, why not just go for it.’ So, I started working hard to earn them all.”

 Cody has spent the last seven years learning to do everything from practicing veterinary medicine to driving a motorboat, even bugling, a skill he never anticipated having under his belt.

“That was the hardest because I didn’t know how to play at all before,” Cody said.

On March 14, Cody earned his last badge in energy. To complete the badge requirements, he had to build two projects that represented different forms of energy, which he demonstrated by building a slingshot and a sailboat.

Cody had little words when asked how it felt to have such a big accomplishment.

“I was overwhelmed,” he said. “Just happy that I was able to reach my goal.”

But, he said that the badge requirements have made him a more well-rounded person and student, provided him valuable leadership skills, and he hopes it will reflect well on his resume when he applies for college. Cody  is a National Honor Society member and vice president of the Student Government Association at TJ High.

Despite achieving the highest of Boy Scout honors, Cody said he still has more goals in the organization. He said that he will apply to become an assistant scout master for his troop and help other scouts achieve their goals in the program.

When asked what advice he would give to other scouts in Frederick, Cody said: “Set short goals, and start trying to knock a little off at a time when you can.”