Riverside senior completes Eagle Scout project, BLET exercise platform

A team of volunteers help Riverside High School senior Marcus Willoughby complete his Eagle Scout project May 14, 2016, at the Northern Durham Center.

A team of volunteers help Riverside High School senior Marcus Willoughby complete his Eagle Scout project May 14, 2016, at the Northern Durham Center.

A Riverside High School senior has designed and constructed an exercise platform for Basic Law Enforcement Training students at the Northern Durham Center.

Marcus Willoughby completed the project as a part of his Eagle Scout designation. Willoughby is a scout in Troop 405. The 8-foot by 8-foot platform will be used in leading exercises for BLET students.

On Saturday, May 14, the high school senior was joined on the construction site by a number of volunteers, scouts, classmates, and family members, including: Mark Clancy, David Clifton, Ian and Edward Casker, Leydon Evans, José Gomez, Devon Gregory, Donovan Herndon, Matthew and Thomas Jenks, Stephen Mihaich, Mya Pinnex, Gavin Pennuto, Makenzie and Toriana Poole, Kenyon Ray, Faye Stanley, Lori Thomas, and Makayla Torain.

Fellow scouts, classmates, and family members came out to help Marcus Willoughby complete his Eagle Scout project.

Fellow scouts, classmates, and family members came out to help Marcus Willoughby complete his Eagle Scout project.

Willoughby, who graduates from Riverside on June 8, had to finish the project by the end of May before reporting to Elon University in June to begin training with the football team there. Willoughby was an all-conference performer as both a junior and senior season for the Riverside Pirates, and was named the squad’s defensive player of the year for the 2015 season. Willoughby has also lettered in lacrosse and basketball. He has achieved the rank of Life Scout in his troop and is an engineering pathway student, planning to study business management at Elon. Willoughby is the son of former North Carolina A&T State University football player Marvin Willoughby and his wife, Jacquline, a former Winston-Salem State University basketball player.

Sergeant Mark Clancy of the Durham Police Department gave Willoughby and the volunteer crew Durham Police baseball caps and water bottles as souvenirs. Doug Thomas, Durham Tech director of BLET, awarded the Scout with a plaque commemorating his service to the BLET program at the college.

“Marcus is a very mannerly and mature young man,” Thomas said. “Achieving his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout is a very important step in his life.”