Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Six members of Troop 192 earn rank of Eagle Scout

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A Court of Honor ceremony was held March 1 at the Argyle United Methodist Church to award the rank of Eagle Scout to three members of Boy Scout Troop 192 to, from left, Brandon Allison, Matthew Goodpaster and Matthew Hayden.
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Boy Scout Troop 192 members Matthew Hayden and Matthew Goodpaster, seniors at the Argyle High School, and Brandon Allison, a senior at Liberty Christian, each received their Eagle Scout awards at a Court of Honor ceremony on March 1 at the Argyle United Methodist Church.

Argyle High School ninth-graders Evan Peak, Reeves Moseley and Andrew Heine, also members of Boy Scout Troop 192, received their Court of Honor Eagle Scout awards in a separate ceremony March 8 at the Argyle United Methodist Church.

To obtain the rank of Eagle Scout, the scout must achieve a number of requirements that include a total of 21 merit badges, showing that he lives by the principles of the Scout oath and the Scout law, and planning, developing and giving leadership to others in a service project that includes writing a proposal, getting it approved and sending out letters requesting donations.

The Eagle Scout and his project were:

Matthew Hayden made restorations for the Argyle Archery Arena located behind the Argyle Intermediate School.

Matthew Goodpaster built and constructed a seating area in the youth playground at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of Denton.

Brandon Allison purchased and installed outdoor basketball goals for the full basketball court at the Argyle United Methodist Church.

Evan Peak installed a natural sand-based flagstone pathway for Ranch Hand Rescue at American Pet Spa Argyle.

Reeves Moseley built a memorial garden at Argyle United Methodist Church in memory of Alex Betzhold, a 13-year-old Argyle Middle School seventh-grader who died from an undiagnosed heart condition.

Andrew Heine built an outdoor seating area at the Argyle Intermediate School and dedicated it in memory of Betzhold.

The three seniors have already made their college plans for next fall. Matthew Hayden has been accepted into the Engineering Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin to study chemical engineering. Brandon Allison will be attending the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and Matthew Goodpaster has been accepted into the U.S. Naval Academy.

“As scoutmaster of Troop 192, I am extremely proud of all these young men,” Marc Stanford said. “They will be great leaders in their communities, as well as in their personal lives.”

Driving law questions

Argyle Traffic Division Officer Steven Wallace answers more of the most frequently asked questions about driving etiquette and Texas traffic laws in this second-part series:

Q: When the lights start to flash at a railroad crossing, what do I do?

A: Once the lights are activated at a railroad crossing, you’re required by law to stop. This does not mean to speed up and attempt to beat the crossing arms as they come down. These flashing lights should be treated just like any other red light. You’re required to stop behind the white stop line at all railroad crossings when the lights are activated.”

Q: May I go over the posted speed limit to pass another vehicle?

A: No. The posted speed limit is the maximum speed for that road. If you have to travel over the posted speed limit to pass a vehicle, then you shouldn’t be passing that vehicle.

In Texas, there is an automobile accident reported every 75 seconds. To avoid becoming involved in an accident, Wallace advises drivers to stay alert at all times, pay attention to your surroundings, watch out for aggressive drivers and remember being a safe driver means being a defensive driver.

Lynn Sheffield Simmons is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children’s books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is She can be reached at

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