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4 local scouts obtain their Eagle Scout distinction

Left to right are Chris Zimmerman, Nathan Storer, Luke Rhoden and Brad Harper.
Left to right are Chris Zimmerman, Nathan Storer, Luke Rhoden and Brad Harper.

The Boy Scouts of America, Quapaw Council, Troop 770, in Sherwood recognized on Sunday four young men who have achieved and received their Eagle Scout distinctions.

They are: Nathan Storer, Jacksonville; Brad Harper, Sherwood, and Chris Zimmerman and Luke Rhoden, North Little Rock.

The ceremony was held on Sunday, April 14, at the Somers Avenue Church of Christ in North Little Rock.

Four members of Troop 770 have attained the rank of Eagle Scout since the last ceremony two years ago.

Storer, 18, is currently a resident of Jacksonville but is from Charleston, S.C. He is the son of Patt and Julie Storer. He is a high school senior who is planning a career in the Air Force as an aeronautical engineer.

Harper, 18, son of Mark and Jewel Harper of Sherwood. He is high school senior and National Merit Finalist at North Little Rock High School. He is planning to attend Hendrix College or Vanderbilt University.

Zimmerman, of North Little Rock, is the son of Lee and Kim Zimmerman. He is a 10th-grade honors student at LISA Academy.

Rhoden, of North Little Rock, is the of son of Everett Rhoden and Debbie and Aaron Lacour. He is a sophomore at Central Arkansas Christian School.

“The rank of Eagle is the highest rank in Boy Scouting,” reads a press release issued by the Troop.

To be eligible for this rank, the Scout must complete over 325 separate requirements, including a minimum of 21 merit badges and an in-depth Eagle service project for a community nonprofit entity or agency, as well as serving in troop leadership positions for a total of 16 months.

Only four of 100 boys who become Scouts will attain the rank of Eagle Scout. Some well-known Eagle Scouts include Gerald Ford, Steven Spielberg, Neil Armstrong and Mike Rowe.

At the ceremony, these newest Eagle Scouts received their Eagle medal from Troop 770 Scoutmaster Randy Maltbia. Special recognition certificates were presented by Rep. Jim Nickels on behalf of the Arkansas General Assembly, and on behalf of the Knights of Columbus and the Scottish Rites.

The new Eagle Scouts had the opportunity to recognize persons they felt had a significantly impact on their lives by awarding to these persons a “mentor” pin.

A reception followed the ceremony.

The charter organization for Troop 770 is Sherwood Christian Church.

The Eagles and their projects

Nathan Storer

Nathan’s life in scouting started at Little Rock Air Force Base. Within a year he moved to Yokota Air Base, Japan. In the Far East Council, Nathan finished his Cub Scout advancement, earned the Arrow of Light and started a new chapter with a troop. After four years in Japan, Nathan moved to RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom. While there, he polished his skills in a variety of positions. Eventually, Nathan was moved back to the U.S. to where it all began, Little Rock Air Force Base, where he would finish his “life” as a “Boy” Scout having earned his Eagle rank and turning 18. His most memorable experiences were camping with fellow scouts from other countries. His future goals are to continue scouting as an adult leader, become an aeronautical engineer and join the Air Force.

Nathan’s Eagle project was to refurbish three pedestrian bridges at North Little Rock Veteran’s Cemetery. He managed the sanding, painting and staining of those bridges which brought back the solemnity and natural beauty of the area that is well deserved.

Bradford Harper

Bradford Harper has been a scout since the second grade. Some of his favorite scouting experiences include winning a shotgun shooting contest at summer camp, the COPE high course and zip line, and building four Pinewood Derby cars as a Cub Scout and winning first place with his purple Mustang in his second year as a Cub Scout.

Brad is a senior at North Little Rock High School and is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. During high school, he has been active in Quiz Bowl, his church youth group and drama competitions and productions. He has been involved with several mission trips and has been a summer volunteer at Camp Aldersgate.

In April, 2012, he won the Arkansas Literary Festival Poetry Slam competition.

Christopher Zimmerman

Christopher Zimmerman is a tenth grade honors student at LISA Academy (North) in Sherwood. He enjoys music of several genres, acting, art, and writing. He has already completed his first novel. He is interested in politics and social justice issues, and has volunteered for several activities to help others. Among these include free healthcare clinics in Dallas and New Orleans, as well as church mission trips to Booneville and San Antonio Texas.

Christopher’s Eagle Scout project involved planning and supervising the repainting of the garage/storage building at the First Christian Church of Sherwood, the chartering organization of Troop 770. This project resulted in the freshly-painted building that blends more into the overall color scheme of the other church buildings, providing a more aesthetically pleasing look.

Luke Rhoden

Luke Rhoden enjoys Geometry and Biology. He likes to spend his weekends fishing, going to the shooting range, and competing in archery tournaments.

Luke has earned 38 merit badges in his Scouting career. For his Eagle project, Luke designed and, with help from the Troop, assembled benches at three of the lakes in the Lakewood area of North Little Rock.

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