PARKERSBURG – Jackson Simmons is working on his Eagle Scout project, which involves building a dog park in the City Park of Parkersburg.
He worked with Mayor Tom Joyce and City Councilor Mike Reynolds on the design of the park. He also appeared before city council to discuss his plans to build the park.
At the end of the project, Simmons will earn his Eagle Scout rank. He said the experience had taught him how to manage and work on a big project.
âThe dog park will have both a small and a large section for dogs, as well as a few parking spaces and a living fence between the neighbors and the dog park, and will close at the same time as the park, so there should be no of dogs in the park after dark, “ he said.
Simmons said the process is slow but still ongoing.
“I chose a dog park for my project because there isn’t one on the north side of Parkersburg and I think there must be one” he said.
Simmons has worked to become an Eagle Scout for the past 11 months.
“I got interested in Eagle Scouts through my dad and saw other Scouts earn their Eagle Scout rank”, he said.
Simmons is a member of Troop 12 of the Stout Memorial United Methodist Church.
“I appreciate it because it helps me learn and prepare for my future while helping me acquire life skills that I will definitely use the rest of my life.” he said.
In eighth grade, Simmons started his own business to raise money for a school trip.
“I first started my own candle business as a fundraiser, then restarted it in my 40s to save money for college,” he said. “It was quite difficult to start my own business, mainly because there are so many things and challenges to start a business at 14 years old.”
He said he wasn’t planning on starting another business anytime soon.
“You never know what the future holds for me”, he said.
Simmons offered these words of encouragement to anyone interested in starting a business: “Don’t give up, it will be difficult and take time, but if you keep trying, there is nothing you cannot do.”
Simmons said that in the future he wanted to go to the University of West Virginia for his robotics program.
“For my dreams and ambitions in life, I want to be a robotics engineer and hopefully work for NASA” he said.
Simmons said his favorite subject in school was math. He has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of the Parkersburg High School Robotics Team, Science Team, and also plays soccer.
In his spare time, Simmons spends time with his friends, reads books, enjoys soccer, and plays video games. Simmons said he enjoys spending time with his two dogs, Bear and Ralph. He also volunteers and serves lunch at The Salvation Army with his group of young people.
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