Sept. 19, 2017 – Moore Norman Technology Center Accounting Services student and Westmoore High School junior Kyle McBride was recently honored with the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement. McBride has been in Scouting since fifth grade and is a member of Boy Scout Troop 20.
According to the Boy Scouts of America website scouting.org, it is the highest recognition that a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Sea Scout or Venturer can earn for exemplary achievement, experience and skill in multiple areas of outdoor endeavor to include camping, hiking, conservation, aquatics, riding and adventure.
“This award took a lot of work. I spent so much time in the outdoors doing different activities like hiking, canoeing and climbing. I also worked on and led multiple in-depth service projects for different areas of Oklahoma.
“I've repainted trail markers on the Chisholm Trail, helped build a playground for a day care in Moore, built trails at Martin Park Nature Center and other projects. I've also been trained in wilderness first aid according to the Red Cross's requirements,” said McBride.
He chose to work toward this particular award because he said he enjoys camping and is a true outdoorsman. He secured 90 hours of conservation projects, 147 camping nights and completed 400 miles of hiking and paddling on his path toward this award. He is the first scout in his district to earn the award and the first in his troop’s 50-year history. He said through his various outdoor experiences he learned how to truly deal with difficult situations and tries to see the positive side of things.
Additionally, McBride is a first-year student in MNTC’s Accounting Services career program. He takes the class a part of his regular high school schedule and is an active member of the Business Professionals of America student organization. He said he is certain of attending college after high school and looks to pursue a career in accounting.
“I chose the accounting program because it's a good skill to have. Accounting covers a wide range of potential careers and it certainly doesn't hurt that it tends to pay good money,” said McBride.
Accounting Services Instructor Leslie Phrem said, “Kyle is such a great student and is so humble. Each Monday we have a class meeting and students have an opportunity to share about special things happening, interviews, or awards. He didn’t mention a thing! We’re all so proud of him.”
McBride’s journey through Scouting is still in progress as he works toward the highest honor, the Eagle Scout. He has one requirement left to fulfill, which is to organize an Eagle project that benefits his community.
To learn more about MNTC’s Accounting Services career program visit here or call 405-364-5763, ext. 7260.
by Anna Aguilar, APR