Six Troop 172 Scouts Earn Eagle Rank

Several members of Boy Scout Troop 172 were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony Dec. 12 at Knights of Columbus.

Charles J. Mertes II, son of Charles and Christine Mertes, Cogan Station RR 1, Started his Scouting career in first grade as a Tiger Cub.

    He worked his way through the ranks and received the religious award Parvuli Dei.  He received his Arrow of Light in 1992 and the Ad Altare Dei in 1993.

    He moved into Boy Scouts in June 1993.

    Positions he has held include:  assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, scribe, historian, senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, and assistant guide.

    Mertes attended Brownsea junior leadership training in 1997 and graduated as a patrol leader.  He received the Order of the Arrow two years ago.

    He has been den chief for five years.

    A junior at Montoursville Area High School, he is a member of the Technology Student Association, Theatre Arts Club, and chorus.

    He completed his Eagle Board of Review in October.  For his project, he cut off leaking ventilation shafts, made roof caps, and repaired the ceiling of the Knights of Columbus.

    Corey Lynch Graham, son of Thomas Patrick and Sandra Kay Graham, Williamsport RR1, entered Cub Scouts as a Tiger Cub.

    Offices he has held include:  assistant senior patrol leader, troop guide, quartermaster, den chief, and historian.  He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and has earned 28 merit badges and the 50-mile afoot badge.  He participated in a trek at Philmont, NM, in 1996.

    Graham completed his Eagle Board of Review in August.  For his project, be built two picnic tables and repainted the bleachers and dugouts at Mill Creek Little League fields on Route 87.

    A Montoursville Area High School student, he is a member of the History Club, Students Against Driving Drunk, and Technology Student Association, and he participates in track and football.

    He takes part in the tutoring program at Loyalsock Valley Elementary School.  He has worked as a cashier at Giant Supermarket since April 1997.

    Graham plans to start college in the fall and major in history and secondary education.

Zachariah Kieser, son of Ernest and Patricia Kieser, Harvey Road, began as a Tiger Cub in 1986.

    He serves a assistant senior patrol leader, historian, and patrol leader.  His past positions have included:  scribe, historian, assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, and den chief.

    He was trained as a junior leader in Brownsea.

    Kieser received the Ad Altaire religious award in 1996.  He also has achieved the Order of the Arrow and Arrow of Light.

    He completed his Eagle Board of Review in November.  For his project, he cleaned and rebuilt playground equipment at Farragut United Methodist Church.  He also built a portable volleyball net and swings and seesaw.

    He has participated in the Technology Student Association and the academic decathlon.

    A member or St. Boniface Catholic Church, he is a senior at Montoursville Area High School.  His plans include attending college and majoring in civil engineering.  He is employed part-time in computer sales at Staples.

Stacy Nathaniel Witmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold J. Witmer, Williamsport HC 31, was a member of Cub Scout Pack 172 before joining Boy Scout Troop 172 in 1992.

    He has served as senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, quartermaster, and scribe.

    Witmer is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow of Woapeu Sisilja Lodge.

    He completed his Eagle Board of Review in August.  For his project, he painted the walls, ceiling, and floors and put up molding at the Farragut United Methodist Church schoolhouse.

    A senior at Montoursville Area High School, he plans to attend college and major in electrical engineering.

Matthew Brown, son of Dora and Warren Brown, Montoursville RR4, began his Scouting career as a member of Cub Scouts.

    He has achieved the Order of the Arrow and received the Arrow of Light and a number of merit badges.

    Brown has held the offices of junior assistant scoutmaster, senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, and chaplain aide.

    He received leadership training at Brownsea.

    He was the Montoursville Area School District's recipient of the Lycoming County Career Consortium Servi-Star All-American Award for 1998-99.

    A participant in school football for five years, he was the first offensive tackle in the Central Susquehanna Conference All Stars in 1997 and first offensive and defensive tackle in 1998.

    He also participated in track and field for two years and played for eight years in Millcreek Little League.

    A member of First Christian Church of Montoursville, he completed his Eagle Board of Review in November.  For his project, he completed landscaping around Jay Harner's house after renovations made it handicapped-accessible.

Nathan J. Aderhold, son of Stephanie Aderhold, Cogan Station RR1, and the late James Aderhold, began as a Cub Scout and joined the Boy Scout Troop in 1992.

    He has served as troop guide, senior patrol leader, patrol leader, and troop quartermaster.  He achieved the Order of the Arrow and Life Scout rank and attended Brownsea junior leadership training.  He graduated Brownsea as a patrol leader.  His project was cleaning and painting the kitchen of the Knights of Columbus.

    Aderhold is assistant scout master of the troop.  A senior at Montoursville Area High School, he works part-time at Fairfield Ford in Montoursville and is applying to the Navy.  

Appeared in the December 20, 1998 Williamsport Sun-Gazette