Planning, designing and implementing are all key elements whether participating in a sport or planning a project to earn your Eagle Scout Award.

Jackson High School senior Adam Reed runs cross country for the Polar Bears. For his Eagle Badge, he planned, designed and implemented a cross country podium at the start/finish line of the cross country course.

Why was a cross country podium chosen. Reed explains.

"One run during track season, I heard my track and cross country coach, coach (Kevin) Walsh, talking about a plan to build a structure for the upcoming Federal League Cross Country meet," said Reed, the son of Diane and Bryan Reed, in an email. "At the time, I was looking to find an Eagle Scout project to complete. I learned more about the project from coach Walsh, and decided that I was interested in building the awards podium as an Eagle Project. Although I predicted that this project could prove challenging, I knew that I would have great support from the cross country team."

Reed said he began planning the project in May of 2015. He said he began clearing the land in July and construction in August.

"Because of the great support from the cross country team and troop, we were able to finish the podium in the beginning of October, weeks before the Federal League cross country meet," wrote Reed, who enjoys running, hiking, playing sports and spending time with my family. "I had many volunteers that helped me with my project — members of the cross country team and their parents, my Boy Scout Troop 935 and members of my family. The biggest help came from Mitch Quartz, a fellow cross country runner, and coach Thom Snow, one of my cross country coaches, both who had building experience. Their help allowed the project to go as smoothly as possible."

Reed explained the process in building this project.

"The process of the project took many steps," said Reed, who has two older brothers Josh and Matt, both of whom earned the Eagle Scout award, carrying on the family tradition. "First, we planned and drew the blueprints of the course. They were sent to Barry Mason, assistant superintendent of Jackson Local Schools, who obtained the township and county zoning approvals of the podium construction project. Next, we cleared the land using Mr. Dickerhoof’s (a parent of a runner on the team) backhoe, taking the trees and vegetation and flattening the land. Building could then begin. We marked where the posts would go before drilling and cementing into the ground. This allowed us to be able to attach the footers onto the posts. The stringers were built and allow the deck and the

railing to be mounted on top. The final step involved attaching the two stairs and stair railings."

Three hundred hours later, Reed said the project turned out exactly as planned. He thought the process went smoothly in part to all of the volunteers. Reed thanked Carter Lumber, Home Depot and General Rent for their generous donations. He also thanked Snow, Quartz and Dickerhoof for their help.

The cross country course at Jackson is tucked away. The course is located behind Jackson Memorial Middle School on the bus garage side. There is a small path leading from the parking lot between some trees to an open field. Once walking through the path, the podium is visible on the left, along a row of trees on the course.

"During the planning process in May, we discussed the location of the podium," said Reed, who also runs track, is a member of Speech and Debate, National Honor Society and senior class president. He also attended Buckeye Boys State in 2016. "The distance from the road was one of the downfalls of the current location. The podium is placed near the start and finish of the high school and middle school races which is the most important aspect."

Reed, who will be recognized during a ceremony on Aug. 14 at St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church, is a member of Troop 935 at McDonaldsville St. Paul United Methodist Church. Reed is the 65th from Troop 935 to ear the Eagle Scout rank since it was founded in 1967.