James Hightower III was presented with his Eagle Scout Award on the Steve Harvey Show, which aired Monday, October 13.
After Hightower completed the Fingerprinting merit badge requirements on the Steve Harvey Show, Scout Executive Ed Brandon of the Three Harbors Council in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, presented the 13-year-old his Eagle Scout Award.
Hightower is a member of Troop 445, which is sponsored by St. Mark AME Church in Glendale. Besides being active in his troop, he is also very active in the St. Mark AME Young Leaders Program, the Glen Hills Middle School (Milwaukee) Band, Top Teens Program (a national organization for high-achieving servant leaders), Junior National Honor Society, and the Order of the Arrow.
In addition, Hightower represented the Three Harbors Council at the Report to the Governor event earlier this year. At the young age of 13, Hightower has already learned one of life’s most valuable lessons: “When the times get hard keep going, because in the end, it will really pay off,” he told Jesse Ritka of WTMJ4 in Milwaukee, in a 2013 interview.
Even though Hightower has earned the Eagle Scout rank and 61 merit badges, he wants to remain in Scouting and earn additional merit badges. He would like to attend Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and become a lawyer, an interest that was fostered during the process of attaining one of his merit badges.
At the end of the segment, Brandon awarded Steve Harvey an honorary merit badge for movie making. Watch the clip below.