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Boy Scouts earn Eagle rank

Daniel Ryan Wentz is the 73rd Boy Scout to obtain the rank of Eagle with Troop 444 since its inception in 1991. The troop is chartered by Farragut Presbyterian Church off Jamestown Boulevard.

Daniel, son of Robert and Nancy Wentz, is a senior at Farragut High School.

During his 10 years of scouting, Daniel said he has most enjoyed being with friends. He feels the skills he learned will follow with him and he will most utilize the cooking and leadership instruction he gained. He earned 31 merit badges that also will give him insight on various topics.

For his Eagle service project, Daniel gained permission and obtained funding to landscape a Habitat for Humanity home located in Loudon.

Daniel is active in many activities and has won an array of awards and honors. Some of these include the Farragut Pride Award in his freshman and senior years. He was invited to attend the Scholar’s Dinner at The University of Tennessee for being in the top five percent of his class with a 4.3 grade-point average.

He is a member of the Junior Optimist Club, Farragut Mock Trial Team, National Honors Society, Interact Club, AYSO Soccer Team and Indoor Soccer Team.

He has been affiliated with baseball, basketball, Science Club and was the Executive Board Member for Students Mentoring Another Class.

He said he spends most of his free time listening to music, playing sports, tinkering with electronics, playing video games, drumming, and working out.

Eagle Ceremony for Daniel Ryan Wentz was held at 7 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 10, in the sanctuary of Farragut Presbyterian Church where he is a member.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouting.

Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 1.7 million young men.

The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”

Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit, service and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadershipand merit badge requirements.

Frederick Lex Burgess is a 12- year old Boy Scout with Troop 444 and currently is the troop’s scribe.


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