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Members Highlights and Achievements


This page is dedicated to all Southside Church of God in Christ (COGIC) members who have been highlighted or made accomplishments in the church and/or in church ministry . We would like each member to know his/her accomplishments deserve recognition. Our featured member is Devin O'Neal, Southside's First Eagle Scout.

Age: 18


Clubs/Sports: National Honor Society, Varsity Lacrosse, Hispanic Honor Society, Varsity Cross Country, United Youth in Christ, Paxon Prayer Life


Upcoming Plans: “I will be attending the University of Central Florida in the Fall of 2017.”


Joining Scouting: “My scouting career began in Cub Scouts, at the age of 6. I worked my way through the ranks of Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelo’s to finish out Cub Scouts, and ‘graduated’ to the Boy Scouts of America at the age of 11.”


Favorite Scouting Moment: “The ‘Eagle Scout Board of Review’ was my favorite Scouting moment. An ‘Eagle Scout Board of Review’ is the final step a Boy Scout has to take in order to gain the rank of Eagle Scout. Initially, my experience was nerve-wracking to say the least. Every moment until I got in front of the ‘Board Members’, I was nervous. I felt as though I would not impress them and all of these years of work would have been for nothing. But, by the Grace of God, the moment I sat down in front of the ‘Board’, I felt very comfortable answering each and every question the ‘Board’ asked me. After the meeting, the ‘Board’ was very pleased with the way that I carried myself, and deemed me worthy of attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.”


Why Your Son Should Join BSA: “The ‘Law’ that each and every Scout must recite to be inducted into the Boy Scouts of America Organization, makes him dictate what he will be: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. I feel as though all of these traits are essential to transforming young boys into men who will be ‘physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight’ [quote from the Scout Oath]. I truly feel that there is not another program that can help with a boy’s transition into adulthood as effectively as will the Boy Scouts of America.”




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