Clayton Town Council honored local boy scout William Kinsey III, 17, at their April 8 meeting for recently reaching the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest attainable rank for the Boy Scouts of America.

Kinsey is a member of Troop 135.

Earlier in the meeting, Councilwoman Mary Ellen DeBenedictis read aloud a letter written by Kinsey's mother Marnie.

As part of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, Kinsey built two picnic tables and five plants boxes in the playground area at Smyrna Elementary for the three- to four-year old program, Marnie wrote in the letter.

"His goal was to let the younger generation plant and watch flowers or vegetables grow," Marnie wrote. "We're very proud of William for his accomplishments in Boys Scouts, and as a volunteer fireman for the Clayton Fire Company."

Prior to public forum, Mayor Tom Horn took a moment to honor Kinsey. Horn said council likes to honor everybody in the community that does something worth honoring. He then read from a resolution.

"Boys Scouts of America is a vital force in the development of our youth through many programs that encourage the ability of its members to do things for themselves and especially for others," Horn said.

"The Eagle Scout Award is a distinction that will follow him through life and will be a beacon to others," Horn said. "Therefore, the Town of Clayton recognizes Kinsey is worthy of this highest honor and encourages him to continue his commitment to excellence."