Eight Pickaway and Ross County residents have earned Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle. The eight received their awards in a court of honor on December 15, 2013, at Teays Valley High School.
About seven percent of all Scouts nationwide earned the rank of Eagle in 2012, according to the Boy Scouts of America. Eight recognized at one court of honor is a record in the 100-year history of Scouting in Pickaway County. The previous record for a single ceremony was five, set by troops in Circleville and Ashville.
To obtain the rank of Eagle, each scout must earn 21 merit badges; actively serve in a troop office for at least six months as a Life Scout; plan, organize, and execute a group service project to benefit his local community; demonstrate Scout spirit in his daily life, and pass an Eagle board of review.
Earning the Eagle rank are Zach Fausnaugh, Caleb Freeman, Nathanael Freeman, Daniel Hachet, Seth Imboden, Matthew Krutulis, Josiah Sprague, and Alex Tan. All are members of the Order of the Arrow (OA), a national organization of honor campers, and participated in a 10-day high-adventure backpacking expedition in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, N.M. Fausnaugh, the Freemans, Hachet, Imboden, and Krutulis attended the Eagle Feather National Youth Leadership Program camp. Fausnaugh was selected Honor Scout of the weeklong program and later served on its staff.
Zach Fausnaugh, is the son of Scott and Brandi Fausnaugh of Circleville and a sophomore at Circleville High School.
Caleb Freeman, 17, and Nathanael Freeman, 16, are the sons of Michael and Teresa Freeman of Green Township in Ross County. Caleb is a junior and Nathanael Freeman a sophomore at Zane Trace High School.
Daniel Hachet, 15, is the son of Kimberly and Christopher Hachet, of Scioto Township. He is a sophomore at the Arts and College Preparatory Academy in Columbus.
Seth Imboden, 17, is the son of Les and Carol Imboden of Madison Township, and a junior at Teays Valley.
Matthew Krutulis, 20, is the son of Michael and Pamela Krutulis of Scioto Township. Krutulis is employed at Home Depot and FedEx in Grove City and plans to attend college and study nursing.
Josiah Sprague, 18, the son of Serina and Josiah Sprague of Scioto Township, and a senior at Teays Valley High School.
Alex Tan, 17, is the son of James and Reagen Tan of Harrison Township, and is a student at Teays Valley High School.
During the ceremony, State representatives Gary Scherer, an Eagle Scout from Circleville, and Ron Hood of Ashville, from districts in Pickaway and/or Ross counties, presented resolutions of commendation that they sponsored in the Ohio House of Representatives. Tony Robinson, vice president and general elect of the Sons of the American Revolution also presented commendations.
Troop 155 Eagle Scouts Joshua Ramey, Jacob Carle, and Nathan Caplan provided the Voice of the Eagle, administered the Eagle Scout charge, or served as Eagle trail guide, respectively. Scoutmaster Jim Ramey led 25 Eagle Scouts in a reaffirmation of the Scout Oath.
Commercial Point United Methodist Church chartered Troop 155 in 1983. Other Eagle Scouts who were members of the troop include John Huenefeld Jr., James R. Ramey, Joshua E. Ramey, J.D. Akison, Troy Adkins, David Jones, Chris Fisher, Jacob Carle, John Carle, Michael D. Marcum II, Jarrett Smith, Kyle Wright, Roderick Rushley, and Nathan Caplan. Eleven of the 14 were present at the ceremony on Sunday. The troop presented recognitions to Jim Ramey, the scoutmaster since 1990, and Carol Beany, the church’s chartered organization representative to the troop since its inception. Ramey and Beany are retiring at the end of the month.
Written by Tom Spring, troop 155 committee