Nine Eagle Scouts to be honored at banquet

Posted: Friday, October 24, 2003

The Boy Scouts of America's Southeast Alaska Area Council has announced the members of its 2003 class of Eagle Scouts. The scouts will be honored at a banquet on Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at Centennial Hall. The keynote speaker for the Eagle Banquet will be Maj. Drew Dix, a Medal of Honor recipient. Dix received the honor in 1968 for exceptional heroism in Vietnam, as a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, and was the first enlisted man to receive the nation's highest military honor.

Eagle Scout is the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. The other ranks are Boy Scout, Second Class, First Class, Star Scout and Life Scout. The trail to Eagle Scout involves a long process that culminates in the completion of at least 21 merit badges and an Eagle service project designed to benefit the community as a whole. Only three out of 100 boys complete the requirements to become Eagle Scouts.

"Southeast Alaska is very lucky to have such a great scouting program. The Southeast Area Council usually has about a dozen or so Eagle Scouts, which far exceeds the national average," said Lane Stumme, scout executive for the Southeast Area Council. "This is the culmination of years of hard work. We are thrilled for these boys and their parents, whose support on camping trips and help with merit badges makes the scouting experience here in Alaska especially rewarding."

2003 Eagle Scout Recipients

Kyle Jeffrey Russell: Troop 6, Juneau, chartered by Chapel by the Lake - Ron Josephson, scoutmaster. Russell was a Cub Scout and Webelos Scout before becoming a Boy Scout. He earned the Arrow of Light award and most recently served as assistant senior patrol leader for Troop 6.

Travis John Larsen: Troop 11, Juneau, chartered by the Alaska Army National Guard 3-297th Infantry - Doug Larsen, scoutmaster. Travis Larsen was a Cub Scout and Webelos Scout before becoming a Boy Scout in March 1996. He earned the Arrow of Light award and most recently served as patrol leader for Troop 11.

Adam Steven Geiger: Troop 41, Sitka, chartered by Holy Name Catholic Church - Robert Geiger, scoutmaster. Adam Geiger was a Cub Scout and Webelos Scout before becoming a Boy Scout in April 1997. He earned the Arrow of Light award and most recently served as senior patrol leader for Troop 41.

Timothy M. Peterson: Troop 6, Juneau, chartered by Chapel by the Lake - Ron Josephson, scoutmaster. Peterson was a Cub Scout and Webelos Scout before becoming a Boy Scout in October 1996. He earned the Arrow of Light award and most recently served as junior assistant scoutmaster for Troop 6.

Liam Kadin Hosman Jensen: Troop 55, Juneau, chartered by Church of Jesus Christ (Third Ward) - Reuben Willis, scoutmaster. Jensen was a Cub Scout before joining Boy Scouts in June 1996. His most recent leadership position in the troop was assistant senior patrol leader.

Christopher William Aiken: Troop 24, Petersburg, chartered by Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 1092 - Richard Jennings, scoutmaster. Aiken was a Cub Scout and Webelos Scout before becoming a Boy Scout in January 1998. He earned the Arrow of Light award and most recently served as patrol leader for Troop 24.

Jesse Anthony Salsman: Troop 11, Juneau, chartered by the Alaska Army National Guard 3-297th Infantry - Doug Larsen, scoutmaster. Salsman joined Boy Scouts in November 1998. He most recently served as patrol leader for Troop 11.

Blake Hughes Stauffer: Troop 5, Juneau, chartered by Church of Jesus Christ (Second Ward) - Darwin Jensen, scoutmaster. Stauffer was a Cub Scout and Webelos Scout before becoming a Boy Scout in September 1998. He earned the Arrow of Light award and most recently served as assistant senior patrol leader for Troop 5.

Nicholas Rosenfeld: Troop 1, Ketchikan, chartered by First United Methodist Church - Dave Owings, scoutmaster. Rosenfeld was a Cub Scout and Webelos Scout before becoming a Boy Scout in March 1997. He most recently served as junior assistant scoutmaster for Troop 1.



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