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FHS students earn ‘Eagle’

Kevin William Ertel and Josua David McRee, pictured, both Farragut High School seniors, have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Both are members of Boy Scout Troop 444, Moose Patrol, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Lew Stoner. The troop meets each Tuesday at Farragut Presbyterian Church off Jamestowne Boulevard.

Kevin, son of Janet and Dean Ertel, began his career in scouting as a member of Pack 125, chartered to St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Farragut, with Den Leader Mr. Poali. He then joined Troop 444 where he earned 36 merit badges in his six years enrolled. Also, during this time, he attended Sea Base in the Bahamas and Canoe Base — Boundary Waters on both the United States and Canadian sides.

He was an Apprentice Seaman with Ship 300 Sea Scouts sponsored by the Concord Yacht Club of Farragut.

The planning of his Eagle Ceremony is still in progress, but he said it will be traditional in the fact that it will include a flag ceremony and the Boy Scout Oath and Law.

For his Eagle community service project, Kevin planned and gained funding for nine benches at Concord Park Par Three golf course off Nothshore Drive. In overseeing the construction and installation, Kevin found he was working on leadership skills new to him — managing adults.

Kevin is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Skills USA and German Club.

He has been affiliated with the Sailing Club, International Sports Club and AYSO soccer.

Kevin is a member of First Baptist Concord.

Upon graduation he plans to attend The University of Tennessee, where he would like to pursue a degree in electrical engineering.

Joshua’s Eagle Scout Ceremony was held Nov. 2, at Christ Covenant Church where he is a member.

The ceremony was attended by his parents, Beth and Brad McRee, along with other family members, friends, troop members, leaders and U.S. Rep. [R-Tenn.] John J. Duncan Jr.

Josh’s five-year career in scouting with Troop 444 has included 40 merit badges, more 100 miles hiked, more 80 nights camping and 200 service hours.

Some of these hours were spent on his Eagle service project of installing bike trail markers at Concord Park.

Josh obtained permission and gained funding for the project through selling baked goods. His leadership history consists of Patrol Leader of the Viking Patrol, Assistant Patrol Leader and 1st Year Patrol Leader. He was the top popcorn seller for several years, having sold more than $1,200 worth each year.

Josh already is at work on his Palms and plans to stay as active as possible in scouting despite his busy schedule.

He said he would like to become an assistant scoutmaster.

Josh is a member of Farragut High School’s graduating class of 2009, in which he also is captain of Drum Line Marching Band.

Josh’s other involvements include the indoor drum line, symphonic band, cross-country track, Christ Covenant Worship Band and Christ Covenant Youth Group.

Josh said his future plans at this time include either attending the Air Force Academy to pursue a career in piloting or attending The University of Tennessee for a science related-degree.

Frederick Lex Burgess is a member of Boy Scout Troop 444 and is the troop’s head scribe.


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