Berlin Center teen earns Eagle Scout rank with memoriam

Micah Marra, 17, of Berlin Center, needed a project that would satisfy the requirements to become an Eagle Scout. Charles Swindler, superintendent of Western Reserve Schools, was told about Marra’s quest and remembered that his friend Denny Furman wanted to have his close friend honored. Furman’s friend was Ronnie Hanson, a Western Reserve student who died of leukemia in 1980 when he was 14. The community raised funds to have a new tennis court constructed in 1986 and it was dedicated in Hanson’s name. Last year a new school was built and the tennis courts were replaced with a new playground. “I wanted to make sure that Ronnie was remembered,” said Furman. Marra and Furman laid out the plans and Marra, along with his fellow Boy Scouts, friends and family, finished the project. He received his Eagle Scout Award on Dec. 4, 2012. Marra, son of Frank and Karen Marra, has been a scout since 2005. He will graduate this year from Western Reserve where he is on the football, track and ski teams. Pictured are Marra and Furman. (Submitted photo)