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2 Illinois teens could be among the nation's first female Eagle Scouts

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2 Illinois girls could be among the nation's first female Eagle Scouts (Photo: Troop 1310)

CHATHAM, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) – Two Illinois teens could soon become some of the nation's first female Eagle Scouts.

The Abraham Lincoln Council, Boy Scouts of America Eagle Board of Review will interview 15-year-old Mya Powell of Auburn and 16-year-old Alexandra "Kat" Swaner on Saturday.

They are set to become the first female Eagle Scouts in the Abraham Lincoln Council, following their Board of Review.

Powell and Swaner have both completed their Eagle Scout projects. The two are from the Scouts BSA Troop 1310 in Chatham.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the program, and officials say fewer than 6% of all registered Scouts across the nation earn this rank.

To become an Eagle Scout, each individual must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, take on leadership roles within their troop and community, and research, organize and complete a large community service project.