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Pine-Richland students complete projects, earn Eagle Scout rankings

| Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Fifteen Pine-Richland students earned the highest rank in Boy Scouts this year.

Boy Scouts from Troops 344, 81 and 150 completed the requirements to become Eagle Scouts, which takes years of work and leadership experience.

To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts must progress through the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life; earn 21 merit badges; and serve six months in a troop leadership position, said Steve Leonard, a member of Troop 81's troop committee.

Scouts also must plan, develop and lead a service project for a nonprofit organization in the community, and, after the project is complete, they have to pass an Eagle Scout board of review, said Elwin Weaver, assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 150.

They have to complete the process before they turn 18.

About 7 percent of all Boy Scouts earned Eagle Scout rank in 2012, according to the Boy Scouts.

Troops 150 and 344 have turned out an unusually large number of Eagle Scouts over the past couple of years, something he attributes to the boys' close friendships, Weaver said.

“It's more fun with friends,” Weaver said.

Following is a list of the students who achieved Eagle Scout rank and a description of their Eagle Scout projects:

Troop 344

Troop 344 is based out of Salem United Methodist Church in Pine.

• Evan Lynch, senior, built a sand volleyball court at the Family Retreat Center in Mars.

• Alex Scanga, senior, built winter storage boxes to contain sidewalk salt for Family House in Pittsburgh.

• Thomas Ferrell, senior, made furniture out of recycled magazines for the Northern Tier Regional Library.

• Erick Sovich, senior, remodeled the kitchen at the Salem United Methodist Church.

• Zack Zimmer, junior, rebuilt a nature observation blind in North Park.

Troop 81

Troop 81 is based out of Perry Highway Lutheran Church in Pine.

• Cameron Leonard, senior, improved the condition of and access to trails in Pine Community Park.

• Ben Roadarmel, junior, landscaped and beautified North Way Christian Community sign on Route 19.

Troop 150

Troop 150 is based out of Pine-Richland Youth Center in Richland.

• Mike Weaver, senior, constructed an outdoor classroom at the Stepping Stones Children's Center.

• Kevin Klingensmith, senior, repaired an outdoor shed and constructed a table at St. Thomas Church in-the-Fields.

• Alex Grant, senior, constructed an outdoor art center at the Stepping Stones Children's Center.

• Ryan Cenk, senior, constructed park benches at the Flight 93 Remember Me Rose Garden in Somerset County.

• Sam Schurer, senior, constructed an ultimate Frisbee course at Suncrest Camp in Rochester.

• Wyatt Wojciechoswki, senior, constructed park benches for the Stepping Stones Children's Center.

• Chris DelFrate, senior, constructed flower beds and gardens for the special-needs class at Pine-Richland Middle School.

• Austin Ruediger, senior, constructed a roof above the sandbox at the Stepping Stones Children's Center.

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