William Josh Howard (Josh Howard) is a senior at Community Christian School and will graduate with a Distinguished Diploma with STEM Endorsement and 31 dual credit college hours. He is a member of National Honor Society and Student Leadership Institute (SLi). His high sports include playing varsity Six-Man football and competing at TAPPS State in Cross-Country and Tennis.

Josh has demonstrated leadership in his extracurricular school activities by serving as At-Large Representative and Treasurer in Student Council, representing CCS as the HOBY (Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership) Ambassador at the State Leadership Conference in 10th grade, being selected by Orange Rotary Club to attend the RYLA Leadership Camp in 11th grade, and serving throughout his senior year as a Team Leader for CCS’ voluntary Student Leadership Institute organization.

Other awards he has received include: VFW Post 2775 “Outstanding Scout of the Year” (April 2017), HOBY Academic All-Star (March 2017), Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month (Nov 2016), HOBY Certificate of Recognition/The Presidential Volunteer Service (Silver) Award, CCS “Diligence” and “Faithfulness” Character Awards, All “A” Honor Roll, Principal’s Award Honor Roll, and Student Leadership Institute (SLI) awards for leadership/volunteer/service hours.

Other Activities: Josh volunteers at Community Church in the Children’s Department and as an Usher. During summer months, he works at Camp Fire USA Orange Council’s Summer Day Camp as a camp counselor. He is certified as an American Red Cross lifeguard and a PADI SCUBA Open Water diver. He enjoys boating, SCUBA diving, and running.

Scouting Experience: Josh joined Troop 62 at age 15 and achieved Scouting’s highest honor of Eagle Scout in two and one-half years on April 14, 2016. On his journey to Eagle, he served as Senior Patrol Leader and other elected leadership positions, earned 23 merit badges, and received the 1-Mile Swim award. Additionally, he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, which is Boy Scout’s National Honor Society. Since turning age 18, he is a volunteer Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 62, which is led by Scoutmaster Dennis Blowers and is chartered through Faith United Methodist Church in Orange.

Eagle Project: Josh’s Eagle project involved installing a drainage system at Community Church/Community Christian School to solve the flooding situation in the main entrance area of the parking lot. Under Josh’s leadership, friends and fellow scouts cut concrete holes in the driveway and installed two catch basins. A 145-foot trench was dug to lay construction-grade pipe in a Y-formation, connecting the catch basins to the State right-of-way ditch in front of the building. This project allows water to drain quickly to alleviate standing water in the driveway during heavy rains.

College Plans: Josh has been accepted into the College of Architecture at Texas A&M College Station and plans to pursue a Bachelor of Environmental Design while minoring in Sustainable Architecture and Business.

He is the son of Steve and Ledena Howard of Orange