MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Tommy Skelly, 16
Tommy Skelly gave a lot of thought to his Eagle Scout project. He wanted to do something that would be helpful and he wanted his project to have something to do with the VA Medical Center. There were two important reasons he wanted his project to honor veterans.
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What do you like to do in your spare time?
Playing lacrosse, surfing – when the waves permit, Jet Skiing, fishing, anything to do with the water.
What do you plan to do after high school?
I want to be an engineer and I’d like to go to college at one of three schools in North Carolina – Duke, University of North Carolina or Appalachian State.
With whom would you like to have dinner?
My great-grandfather and namesake Major Thomas McFarland Skelly. He was shot down and killed during World War II.
What event changed your life the most?
When I was 4 or 5, my father took me out in a boat we had. I hated the water before that day and would get seasick. But that day, the water was very calm and I caught my first fish. Ever since then, I have loved the water.
What event in history would you have liked to witness?
The signing of the Declaration of Independence. I’m a very patriotic guy.
What do you do to get away from it all?
Get out on the water on my Jet Ski. I just go and go. One time I went too far and ran out of gas.