Nick Murphy has been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Scouting. Murphy is a member of DeKalb Boy Scout Troop 33, sponsored by First Lutheran Church. Earning the Eagle Scout award puts Murphy in a very elite group; only three out of every 100 boys that join Scouting achieves the Eagle rank. He has been very active in weekend camping trips, day trips and summer camp since he started Scouts six years ago. He has also been involved in some long-term troop projects and major tours. He traveled with Troop 33 to Pass Christian, Miss., during Christmas vacation in 2005 to assist Hurricane Katrina victims. On a tour of the eastern United States in the summer of 2006, he toured New York City, Boston, Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. Murphy planned, developed and provided leadership for a special Eagle service project that benefited the community. His project involved installing a fence for an outdoor exhibit area at the Midwest Museum of Natural History in Sycamore. Murphy is a 2008 graduate of DeKalb High School and plans to attend Kishwaukee College in the fall.