Mt. Sterling resident Jacob E. Gollihue recently realized what it feels like to soar with the eagles after earning scouting’s highest rank — Eagle Scout.
Gollihue, 18, the son of Cynthia Gollihue, will receive his Eagle Scout award and pin during an Eagle Scout ceremony on Nov. 17.
“Since advancing from Cub Scouts, Jacob has been a member of Troop 343 of Five Points, Ohio, guided by troop leaders Loren Pancake and Alan Johnston. Troop 343 is sponsored by The Monroe Men’s Club. As a member of Troop 343, Jacob has held many positions, including Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader,” said Cynthia. “In high school, Jacob played the trumped in the Westfall Marching Band. He also worked full time his senior year at Denier Electric. During this time, he completed his first year of IEC Electrical Apprenticeship School through Columbus State Community College. Even though he worked full time, he maintained all As during his first year in college.”
While taking college classes, Jacob obtained a carpentry degree from Pickaway Ross Career & Technology Center. Now that he has graduated from high school, Gollihue plans to finish his apprenticeship training to receive the status of Electrical Journeyman.
For his Eagle Scout project, Gollihue says he “renovated major parts of the Five Points Community Center.”
“I chose this as my project because it was becoming inhabitable. Major roof damage had caused the ceiling to mold and cave in. The panel walls were also molding and they were bubbling out,” said Gollihue. “During my project, I received help from other scouts, scout parents, and adult leaders. We installed new windows, a front door, an acoustic ceiling, and new wall paneling. All of the material was provided by sponsors.”
Gollihue first joined scouts at the age of six as a Tiger Cub in Troop 343, based in Williamsport. He says the activity he is most proud of as a scout is getting the opportunity to accompany Troop 121, of West Jefferson, on two camping trips to Dorchester,Canada, where they attended an International Camporee.
“The most rewarding part of my scouting career was all of the lifelong friends I made. I would strongly encourage boys to join scouts. Through scouts, you make lifelong friends you can always count on and you acquire many skills that prepare you for your future, while also making unforgettable memories,” he said. “It is also rewarding to know that I am among the four percent of Boy Scouts who actually have obtained their Eagle Scout rank. The only other member of my family who received an Eagle Scout is my cousin Kristian Speakman. He acquired his Eagle Scout on Sept. 23, 2017.”
While working toward Eagle Scout, Gollihue says he encountered many challenges.
“One of the main obstacles I faced was keeping the troop together when it had three boys in it, including myself,” he said. “The other challenge I dealt with was working commercial construction full time while trying to complete my Eagle Scout.”
Gollihue says there are several benefits to being an Eagle Scout.
“One benefit is that it looks great on any kind of application, whether it be a college application or job application,” he said. “Also, with an Eagle Scout, you can enter any branch of the military at a higher rank than a regular person.”
Scouting has shaped his life in many ways, says Gollihue.
“If it wasn’t for scouting, I would probably be lacking most of the skills that I use on a day-to-day basis, such as knot tying, people skills, cooking, and a mindset of how to create something out of nothing,” he said. “It has made me who I am and has helped me get where I am today.”