Name: Hyrum Jones
Hometown: Eagle Mountain
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.
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.
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.
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.