Location: Anchorage, 2010
Eagle Scouts Add 9 to Ranks
TROOP 26: More than 1,700 volunteer hours logged for Eagle Scout projects.
Published: February 2010
Boy Scout Troop 26 held a Court of Honor in January at the Moose Lodge to recognize nine members who within the last year obtained Eagle Scout rank, the highest in the Boy Scout organization.
The Scouts coordinated more than 1,700 volunteer hours to complete these community service projects and earn their rank:
- Sage Gale, son of Michael & Sheryl Gale of Anchorage, built picnic tables for Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s congregation to use during picnics and religious exploration study. Sage is a freshman at the University of New Hampshire studying for a career in the medical field.
- Cale Clingenpeel, son of Clark and Jody Clingenpeel of Anchorage, crafted bunk beds for Challenge Alaska in Girdwood. The bunks will be used by Challenge Alaska staff and volunteers to spend the night in Girdwood and eliminate a round trip commute to Anchorage or the Mat-Su Valley. Challenge Alaska assists Alaskans with disabilities in providing opportunities to challenge themselves through outdoor activities. Cale is a South High School sophomore and with ambitions to attend the Air Force Academy for pilot training.
- Jason Cusack, son of Chris and Susan Cusack of Anchorage, developed a career resource center information display at South Anchorage High School. The resource center will be used by students as they develop future career plans. Jason is a sophomore at South High School and plans on joining the Air Force to become a fighter pilot.
- Michael Fisher, son of Wayne and Mary Fisher of Anchorage, constructed a bridge over stream for the Christ Church Episcopal. This bridge allows the congregation to utilize what used to be an inaccessible area of their property for outdoor activities. Michael is a senior at Service High School and plans to go to college for to become an architect.
- John Hilfiker, son of Ken Hilfiker and Patti Phillips of Anchorage, assembled four picnic tables for Hilltop Ski Area’s outdoor program in the summer. Youth will gather around the picnic tables for lectures and discussions about what they have learned during their summer camps. John is a senior at Service High School and plans to go to business school and hopes to own his own retail shop.
- Nate Klie, son of Ross Klie and Mary Ann Tomaszewski of Anchorage, modified a sports equipment storage area at Service High School to provide secure storage for basketball gear. This secure storage makes sure that sports equipment remains secure and available for school sports programs. Nate is a senior at Service High School and plans to go to college to study biological sciences or business.
- Andy Schafer, son of Daniel and Susan Schafer of Anchorage, put together six ski racks for use at Hilltop ski area. These ski racks replaced racks that were unstable and give skiers and riders a place to store their equipment while obtaining tickets or enjoying a refreshment inside the building. Andy is a sophomore at South High School and hopes to become a physician.
- Gerhard Sells, son of Bryan Sells and Martina Steinmetz of Bird Creek, built a split rail fence and planted 17 trees to help separate a planned education facility at Potter Marsh from the adjacent private land. Gerhard is a high school sophomore and plans to attend college in order to study biology or forestry.
- Thomas Krasnican, son of Jamey and Hyun Krasnican, developed a trailside re-vegetation/moose exclosure fencing at Far North Bicentennial Park. This will allow areas that were denuded during World War II to develop natural vegetation free from moose browsing. Thomas is in eighth grade and hopes to pursue the International Baccalaureate Diploma offered at West High School and apply to US Naval Academy.
Scoutmasters David Lenig, Ken Hilfiker, and Jamie Krasnican helped guide the Scouts over their seven years in Troop 26, which is sponsored by Amazing Grace Lutheran Church.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN HILFIKER / ADN READER SUBMISSION