Eagle Scout and Football Quarterback

Rhett Buell

The Boy Scout motto: “Do a good turn daily” exemplifies Ronald Reagan High School senior Rhett Buell. The Eagle Scout has taken these words to heart in all aspects of his life – whether scouting, serving with his church or on Reagan’s varsity football team.
Rhett has patterned himself after the example of his parents, Melinda and Jeff Buell. Jeff is a partner at a successful local building company, but the couple takes time to actively support the Reagan community as presidents of the Diamondbackers Sports Association.

As Rhett spent many hours on Reagan’s practice fields, he noticed the campus was lacking a place to store bulky track equipment. In fact, the girls’ track coach was taking the hurdles home in her car every night! He knew he wanted his Eagle Scout project to serve his school in some way, so he approached Athletic Director Lyndon Hamilton about building a storage shed to house the overflow and was met with an enthusiastic response. 

Rhett did not just cobble together a few 2x4s – he approached the project with the professional expertise he had learned working summers for his dad. He requested funding from the Diamondbackers, worked with a purchasing manager to connect with contractors and secured donations from vendors to keep the project under budget.
He overcame obstacles – finding a replacement when the original shed door was the wrong size and ensuring subcontractors showed up to work. Rhett also negotiated a $7,000 budget down to only $300 out of pocket. Then he enlisted the help of his fellow scouts of Troop 650 to paint the 244-square-foot building Rattler green.
The shed has been put to good use in time for Rhett’s senior football season. He plays quarterback and was selected to the spring Leadership Council. In that capacity, he was responsible to inspire teammates to keep up their grades, execute drills correctly and arrive on time.  Sometimes these duties require more than just being a positive role model. Rhett noticed a team member who was struggling to attend early morning practices and went out of his way to provide needed transportation.
“It was the right thing to do,” he said with a smile, adding that his goal is for the Rattler Football team to win district this year.
For the past three summers, Rhett has traveled to Oklahoma on a mission trip with his Concordia Lutheran Church Youth Group. While the group’s original project focused on providing post-tornado disaster relief, Concordia’s youth continue to rejuvenate the community. He’s rebuilt a roof, created a garden and reclaimed an elementary school to return it to productivity. “You get to see the progress of what you’ve done and how it has changed over the years,” he said.
Rhett takes AP classes, participates in Winner’s Circle and leads in FCA. He is considering playing football in college or may focus on his degree alone and stay closer to home at a school in Texas.

Submitted by Amy Morgan