WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Local Wichita Falls Eagle Scout was honored Tuesday afternoon at the Boy Scouts of America's Americanism luncheon.
Harrison Gibson, 27-year-old, was awarded the Americanism Award. The award is given to those who have truly exhibited "the ideals and values of being an American."
Gibson received the award for his work in Nepal. He oversaw the construction of a new school built in Nepal after the 2015 earthquake destroyed many buildings in the country.
"I feel like honoring me is really like honoring this project," Gibson said. "It's a culmination of many people's work. A lot of local people volunteered their time and their efforts to make this project possible."
Gibson helped raise around $37,000 in donations to help fund the project, most of the money raised locally in Wichita Falls. Gibson has been an Eagle Scout for almost 20 years.
Brig. General (select) Ronald E. Jolly, the new Sheppard Air Force base 82nd Training Wing Commander, was the keynote speaker for the event. He said he was honored to be there.
"When you look around you see the values [the boy scouts] uphold," Brig. General (select) Jolly said. "They're very similar to being an airman. You want an airman to be trustworthy, courteous, kind, loyal, helpful because it's all about service to our nation."
The event was held at the Kemp Center for the Arts.