Manhattan Mayor Jamie Doyle congratulated Lincoln-Way Central graduate Tyler Rush for becoming an Eagle Scout. Doyle honored Rush with the village's Star Award at the board meeting Tuesday, June 17, 2014. | Erin Gallagher/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 21, 2014 3:50PM
Lincoln-Way Central High School graduate Tyler Rush has achieved the Boy Scouts of America rank of Eagle Scout.
Mayor Jamie Doyle of Rush’s hometown, Manhattan, presented Rush with the village’s Star Award on Tuesday.
Doyle praised Rush, saying the rank is an extremely difficult, high achievement.
“I basically collected American flags from around my community and retired them as they should,” Rush said of his project to earn the rank.
The United States Flag Code specifies that when a flag is no longer in condition to be a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
Rush plans to attend Joliet Junior College to study education so he can become a math teacher. He said he was always good at math but many others struggle. He wants to teach others how to learn math while having fun.
“I’m very proud of him,” said his mother, Heather Rush. “He was a shy little boy, and now he’s grown up to be a very nice young man.”