Student Spotlight: Joey Murphy, 9th Grade
Joey Murphy is a 14 and a half year old 9th grader at Learning Prep who recently joined our school community in January of 2022. Joey travels from his hometown of Hudson to West Newton every day, but he doesn’t mind the commute, because, as he put it: “I’m in the right school that’s going to help me read better and help me with my dyslexia better than my public school did.” One of Joey’s passions is his involvement in the Boy Scouts. Joey entered the Boy Scouts when he was in the 7th grade and instantly felt he “had joined a family” that was passionate about the same things that he holds dear to his heart; being in nature, respecting wildlife, and being part of a community that represents a cause and mission that “is bigger than me.”
Joey currently holds the rank of Tenderfoot in Local Troop 2 out of Hudson, MA. His goal is to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest attainable rank in the Boy Scouts of America. Since their inception in 1911, only four percent of Boy Scouts have earned this rank after a lengthy review process. The Eagle Scout rank has been earned by over 2.5 million youth - Joey intends to be one of them.
Joey feels that since joining the Boy Scouts, his self-confidence, communication and leadership skills, and ability to take social risks and make friends has had a tremendous impact on how he views himself and the world. According to Joey: “it started off as something to do but turned into something much more.” Joey reports that being in the Boy Scouts has helped him mature and is helping to prepare him for the challenges of adulthood ahead. The community volunteer work that Joey and Troop 2 partake in on a regular basis gives Joey a sense of pride and has him feeling “that I’m helping my community and making a difference in the world.”
Joey’s passion and dedication to the Boy Scouts hasn’t gone unrecognized by Local Troop 2; Joey is in a leadership position in his troop as Senior Patrol Leader and is well on his way to earning the requirement of at least 21 merit badges to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Other Eagle Scout requirements include demonstrating Scout Spirit and displaying an ideal attitude based upon the Scout Oath and Law of service and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages.
Once Joey achieves the Rank of Eagle Scout and ages out of the Boy Scouts, he has plans to continue being a part of the Boy Scout Organization and give back. Joey’s intentions after earning his Eagle Scout is to continue on as an adult leader, volunteering in the organization with the hopes of becoming a Junior Scout Master and ultimately rising to the rank of Scout Master so he can provide future scouts that “are just like him” the same experience that he had.