Owen Tilley

Wetumpka High School graduate Owen Tilley stands by his Eagle Scout project, a memorial to Elmore County men who died in World War I.

Recent Wetumpka graduate and co-salutatorian Owen Tilley has become the most recent Eagle Scout rising from Wetumpka’s Boy Scout Troop 13.

Tilley’s Eagle project was designing a monument to serve as a memorial to men from Elmore County who died in World War I. With his father’s assistance, many hours of research were conducted to identify the 43 servicemen whose names are inscribed on the monument. The monument has been placed at the old Elmore County Courthouse, where it was dedicated on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Tilley has been active in scouting since he was in first grade. After earning his Arrow of Light, the highest level of achievement in Cub Scouts, he crossed over from Pack 50 into Troop 13. There he held various leadership positions, including patrol leader, troop scribe, troop quartermaster, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader. In 2017, he was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of scouting.

At WHS, Tilley was a member of the robotics team and participated on the rocketry team, science Olympiad team and the Green Power electric car team. He was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and served as vice president of Mu Alpha Theta, a math honor society. For three years Tilley played trumpet in the WHS Pride of the Tribe marching band, was a member of concert band for one year and symphonic band for two years.

Tilley is a member of First Baptist Church of Wetumpka. This fall, he will attend Auburn University and major in engineering.