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Cooper latest in Aurora area to earn Eagle Scout ranking

Published: February 15, 2017 1:00 AM
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Fifteen-year-old David Cooper will be presented with the Eagle Scout Award -- Scouting's highest honor -- at a ceremony March 4 at Aurora United Methodist Church.

He is the son of Mary and Michael Cooper of Bainbridge Township and a member of Boy Scout Troop 265 in Aurora.

To receive the honor, a Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and show leadership by planning, developing and leading a community service project.

Cooper directed the construction of a large deer exclusion fence along with a turtle habitat at the Moebius Nature Center on East Mennonite Road in Aurora.

He previously earned Cub Scouting's high honor -- the Arrow of Light -- while with Pack 102 in Bainbridge. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's natioinal honor society, and has attended national youth leadership training.

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He has earned 33 merit badges, as well as the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem.

Cooper attends Kenston High, where he is a member of the soccer team. He volunteers at Hillcrest Hospital and for the Bainbridge Food for Friends food pantry.

He is a first-degree black belt in kuk sul do, is a member of the HAY group and serves as a cross bearer for the Church of Holy Angels.

Fewer than 4 percent of all Scouts earn the rank of Eagle. Cooper joins a lifelong brotherhood that includes many outstanding American, including astronaut Neil Armstrong, movie producer Steven Spielberg, newsman Walter Cronkite and President Gerald Ford.

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