Andrew Memmott, a member of Varsity Team 2998, sponsored by the Mesquite 7th Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints received the Denali Medallion. The Denali Award is the highest award in the Varsity scout program. It is named after Mt. Denali, the Alaskan name for the highest mountain in Alaska, Mt. McKinley. A scout must show advanced leadership and participation in his team and advance one rank or earn a palm. He must live the scout oath and law and then complete a progress review with a board of review by leaders in the Virgin River Valley BSA.
Andrew earned his Eagle Scout Award in 2013 and now has earned his bronze and gold palms. Each palm represents 5 extra merit badges.
Another requirement of the Denali Award is to organize 2 activities for the Team and be a Team Captain or program manager for these 2 activities. Andrew planned a family history indexing day for the youth in the Mesquite 7th Ward of the LDS church. Indexing consists of reading computer images of original records of birth, death, marriage, immigration or military records and then entering the information in a data base that can be searched to find genealogical information. He also organized a trip for the youth 12 years and up in his ward to attend the St. George LDS Temple. Andrew said, “I really enjoyed completing the Genealogy Merit Badge. I interviewed my grandfather and learned about his life. I also earned the Scouting Heritage Merit badge. One of the requirements was to learn and play some games that scouts did many years ago.” In the fall Andrew will be a junior at Virgin Valley High School, where he has participated in football, the swim team and basketball. Andrew is the son of Kyle and Christine Memmott. Job well done, Congratulations!