Six Eagle Scouts graduate from Avon High School this year
Six Eagle Scouts were among the 319 Avon High School Eagles who graduated on May 31.
This is a rarity, according to Principal Kristina Dobos Buller.
“There are some years we don’t have any (Eagle Scouts),” Buller said. “To have six in one class is really exciting.”
All six men achieved the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America program by earning 21 merit badges, completing a community service project and climbing seven ranks in the Boy Scouts of America program. They are 18 years old and have already received their Eagle Scout badge.
For their service project, Kollin Erskine and Andrew Zetts, both of Troop 107 in Elyria, geared their work toward Veterans Memorial Park in Avon.
Erskine built two park benches and a plaque for the park to honor veterans in the area who have served for their country. He put in 150 hours of volunteer time for the project and received his Eagle badge in September of 2014. He plans on attending Ohio University in the fall to earn a degree in business.
Zetts created two memorials for the park, one for prisoners of war and another for those missing in action.
“We have this public park where a space was created to fly the flags of various military branches to honor veterans and I thought it could use something more,” Zetts said. “I came up with designs made of stainless steel. They are placed at each end of the flag line in the park.”
Zetts spent 72 volunteer hours working on the project and plans on attending Lorain County Community College in the fall and eventually transfer to Cleveland State University to study electrical engineering. He received his Eagle badge in October of 2018.
Clay Lieb, also of Troop 107, replaced a fire pit at the Elyria VFW where the group regularly meets. He discovered the previous fire pit was covered in brush and needed to be replaced, he said. He received his Eagle badge in 2018 after spending 80 hours of volunteer time on the project. Lieb plans on attending Lorain County Community College in the fall where he will study sports management.
Zachary Rimko, of the same troop, received his Eagle badge in October of 2015 for building a backyard fence for the minister of Avon United Methodist Church. Rimko spent 115 volunteer hours on the project and learned a great deal about leadership and time management.
“I had to lead a group of volunteers and keep people busy,” Rimko said. “I felt the most pride after the project was complete and I could see what our efforts were able to accomplish.”
Rimko will attend Miami University in Ohio and double major in media and culture and also sports leadership and management in the fall. He plans on playing rugby while there.
Noah Kitchen of Troop 370 in Lorain built five music stands for the Avon High School Jazz program. He received his Eagle badge in November of 2018 after dedicating 70 hours of volunteer time. Kitchen will be serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints after graduation. He will then attend school at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT to study psychology.
Eric Scott of Troop 333 in Avon constructed seven birdhouses for Findley State Park in Wellington. He plans on attending Bowling Green State University to major in writing and also psychology in the fall. He dedicated 60 volunteer hours and received his Eagle badge in February of 2018.
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