By Melany Gardner
Oct 26, 2014

Hyrum Jones, Daily Herald Eagle of the Week

Hyrum Jones has been chosen as the Eagle Scout of the Week. Hyrum was chosen from a pool of Scouts throughout Utah County. He shared the following responses with the Daily Herald:

Hyrum Jones invited Jane Birch, PhD, author of "Discovering the Word of Wisdom: Surprising Insights from a Whole Food, Plant-based Perspective," be the keynote speaker at the health fair for his Eagle project.

Hyrum Jones invited Jane Birch, PhD, author of “Discovering the Word of Wisdom: Surprising Insights from a Whole Food, Plant-based Perspective,” be the keynote speaker at the health fair for his Eagle project.

Name: Hyrum Jones
Age: 17
Hometown: Eagle Mountain
Troop: 1087
Date Eagle Was Awarded: Sept. 4, 2014

Favorite merit badge

Bugling — the bugling merit badge combined my love for music with Scouts. It was a very enjoyable merit badge, and one that required creativity. It was also one of the first merit badges I earned. At my first winter camp, I played “Taps” and everyone really liked it.

Hyrum Jones teaches a class at the health fair he put on for his Eagle project.

Hyrum Jones teaches a class at the health fair he put on for his Eagle project.

Eagle Scout project

My Eagle Scout project was a health fair based around a whole-food, plant-based diet. I chose this project because I really wanted to make a tangible difference in people’s lives. I know from personal experience that what we eat has a dramatic effect on health. I also know from my own study and research that debilitating diseases such as heart disease and type two diabetes can be not only prevented, but also cured by eating healthfully. I had many people help me with the fair, but I especially appreciate Jane Birch, PhD, author of “Discovering the Word of Wisdom: Surprising Insights from a Whole Food, Plant-based Perspective,” for agreeing to be the keynote speaker. My hope is that the people who came to my health fair will change their lifestyle so they will not have to deal with the life-threatening diseases that are so prevalent in society today.

Future plans

I am currently attending Brigham Young University in Provo and majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I am planning on serving an LDS mission next year when I turn 18. After college, I hope to start a pneumatic car company and possibly an innovation firm.

Mentors and heroes

My parents have always been my role models. No other person can even come close to influencing my life as much as they have.

Lessons learned

The most important thing I learned from Scouts was that if you want to accomplish something then you have to work at it. It will never get done while you stand idly by.

Other achievements and interests

I try to set lofty goals and use my time wisely in worthwhile pursuits and projects. Being a self-taught poet and artist in my spare time, one of my goals was to publish a children’s book before I started college. “Inventionaire” — a picture book about an under-appreciated inventor — was the result. I also love playing the banjo and have used my interests in music, woodworking, and physics to build a variety of folk instruments, including a banjo, a kena, an ocarina, an African thumb piano and a lyre. I also enjoy percussive dance and have placed in local and regional Irish Dance competitions. I am currently a member of the BYU Folk Dance team and am enjoying tap and folk dance classes at BYU. Science and innovation fascinate me, and I’m always contemplating the next best way to accomplish something.

This article first appeared at Herald Extra, October26, 2014 

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Author: Melany Gardner | Editor, The Boy Scout | Orem District Executive, Utah National Parks Council

 

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