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FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- On March 9, Boy Scout Troop 269 honored two Eagle Scouts in a ceremony at the Hawthorn of Aurora clubhouse.
The rank of Eagle is the highest a boy can achieve in Scouts. A candidate must complete 21 merit badges, including 13 required ones. He must be active in his troop and assume a leadership role. He also must plan, develop and execute a service project.
Troop 269 Scoutmaster Dave Stafford presented Brian Wessels and David Allen with the Eagle Award, including a patch, medal and special neckerchief.
The two new Eagle Scouts presented their mothers with Eagle Scout mothers pins for their dedication and support throughout their scouting career.
Wessels recognized Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster Ed Kubek with a mentor's pin for his guidance and inspiration, while Allen honored Randy Ellis as his mentor.
Wessels' service project benefitted Hiram Farm, a community project born out of the desire to provide inspiration and meaningful work for the individual growth of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The organic farm is located in Hiram Township, and the program is centered on activities such as animal care, vegetable gardening, crop harvesting and general farm maintenance.
Wessels' project consisted of building several heavy duty picnic tables. Additionally, he built 16 large raised plots for vegetable gardening. The participants raise produce and sell it at a farmers market.
Allen's project consisted of building and installing a chimney swift tower at the Moebius Nature Center in Aurora. It serves as a home for many birds. Allen also cleared the area around the pond of invasive plants, allowing for the continuation of many programs at the nature center.
Wessels is the son of Barry and Sharron Wessels, and is a senior at Aurora High School and is a member of the swim team and Emerald Ensemble choir. He plans to attend the University of Cincinnati in the fall, majoring in civil engineering.
Allen is the son of Larry and Cyndi Allen, is a senior at Aurora High School and is a four-year member of the boys tennis team. He is active in the National Honor Society and freshmen mentor program, and plans to major in mechanical engineering at the University of Dayton.