South Range HS senior achieves Eagle Scout Award

SALEM – Troop 80, Boy Scouts of America, chartered to Mount Olivet United Church of Christ, has announced the presentation of the Eagle Scout Award to Taylor Christian.

He is the son of Ellen and Edward Christian of Salem and a South Range High School senior.

Christian has been involved in scouting since 2003.

He earned his Tiger, Bear, Wolf, Webelo and Arrow of Light awards in Cub Scout Pack 1365 in Hickory, Pa. He joined Troop 80 in 2011 and has had troop positions of den chief, junior assistant scoutmaster, senior patrol leader, patrol leader, and troop trainer.

Christian has camped a total of 40 nights, completed over 265 hours of service projects and has earned a total 24 merit badges. He has attended four years of summer camp at Camp Independence and Liberty in Pennsylvania. In 2011 he participated in a 125 mile, 10-day backing trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. He has also earned the Messenger of Peace, Leave No Trace, Tote and Chit, Fire and Chit, Fifty Miler, and the Historic Trails awards.

For his Eagle Scout service project, Taylor planned, coordinated, and supervised the construction of picnic tables and benches for Paradise United Church of Christ in Canfield.

At South Range, he is a member of the high school academic challenge team, National Honor Society and a Boys State alumni.

His future plans include attending Youngstown State University for a degree in political science in preparation for his main goal, to become president of the United States.

The court-of-honor ceremony is to be held this spring. Troop 80 is part of the Whispering Pines District, Greater Western Reserve Council. Scoutmaster is Kurt Hilderbrand. Meetings are held 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Mount Olivet United Church of Christ.

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