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January 10, 2019

Tony Smee, President of the Southeast Missouri Eagle Scout Association, has announced Congressman Jason Smith as the honored sponsor of the 2018 class of Eagle Scouts.

Officially named the 2018 Congressman Jason Smith Class of Eagle Scouts, 67 Eagle Scouts from Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois will be honored at Southeast Missouri State University on Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m. in Academic Auditorium. Congressman Smith will provide the keynote address and present the Eagle Scout medals to each Scout.

The ceremony is free and open to the public, and all holders of the rank of Eagle Scout are encouraged to attend. It is estimated that less than five percent of all Scouts will ever earn the rank of Eagle. The prestigious award requires formal demonstration of leadership over several years, creating and managing a significant service project that benefits the community, and earning a minimum of 21 merit badges that require proficiencies such as first aid, environmental science, lifesaving, emergency preparedness, personal management, citizenship and outdoor skills. A lengthy formal review before a board of Eagle Scouts and community representatives is the final hurdle prior to a Scout’s elevation to the rank of Eagle.

Congressman Jason Smith is a seventh-generation Missourian, raised in Salem in Dent County. He began his career in public service in 2005, when he was elected to the Missouri General Assembly. He quickly rose through the ranks and became one of the youngest Majority Whips and then Speaker Pro Tems in Missouri State House history. When Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson retired from Congress in 2013, Jason Smith was the winner of the 27-candidate primary and special election to represent the Missouri’s 8th Congressional District. One of the youngest members of Congress, Jason Smith serves on the Budget Committee and the Ways and Means Committee and was elected by his peers to be Republican Conference Secretary.