Abington area Eagle Scouts honored for achievements

June 8th, 2015 2:15 pm

Boeth
Melliand
Napierala
Robinson
Ross

CLARKS SUMMIT — Boy Scout Troop 160, sponsored by the Abington Rotary Club, honored eight Eagle Scouts at the Troop’s Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday, June 7 at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church. The highest award in Scouting was achieved by Michael C. Robinson, Derrick P. Wentovich, Bryan F. Melliand, Jonathan W. Ross, David B. Boeth, Joshua R. Wagner, Logan E. LaClair and Kyle S. Napierala.

Abington area Scouts include:

Robinson, son of Michael and Joan Robinson, Clarks Summit, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Aug. 20, 2014. He is a graduating senior at Scranton Preparatory School and is a member of the National Honor Society, the Scranton Prep Players, Model United Nations Club, Scholastic Bowl team and the Spanish Club. Robinson is also active in sports and is a member of the school’s swimming, cross country, and track and field teams. Robinson’s interests include international relations and Spanish. He is a member of Our Lady of the Snows Church and has volunteered at the annual bazaar as well as the Special Olympics.

Robinson joined the Troop in 2008 and has served as Scribe, Patrol Leader, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He also achieved Cub Scouting’s highest award, the Arrow of Light, while a member of Cub Pack 160. He was elected into the Order of the Arrow and is a member of Lowwapaneu Lodge #191. Robinson holds the record for the fastest mile swim at Goose Pond Scout Reservation. For his Eagle project, Robinson constructed picnic tables, trash receptacles and benches at Gerrity Park in North Scranton, a park named after a close friend of his grandfather.

Melliand, son of Frank and Nancy Melliand, Glenburn Township, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Nov. 19, 2014. Melliand is a freshman at Abington Heights High School, a member of the Ecology and Computer Programming clubs and plays the string bass in the orchestra. He participates in track and field and the school’s triathlon. Melliand was a member of Odyssey of the Mind and competed at both regional and state competitions. He was named “Citizen of the Year” in 2010 by the Waverly Elementary School. Melliand co-authors a monthly newspaper column in the Abington Journal, reporting on various Scouting activities, events and rank advancements. His interests include cycling, model railroading, fly fishing and kayaking. He is a member of Our Lady of the Snows Church in Clarks Summit and has volunteered at the annual bazaar.

Melliand joined Troop 160 in 2010 and held various leadership positions including Den Chief, Scribe, Quartermaster, Assistant Patrol Leader, and Patrol Leader. He currently serves as an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Melliand earned the Arrow of Light while a member of Cub Pack 160. Melliand was a participant in the Council’s Great Expectations and Great Medicine National Youth Leadership Training courses. He was elected into the Order of the Arrow and is currently a Brotherhood member of Lowwapaneu Lodge #191. Melliand attended the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia as well as a various troop high adventure trips including backpacking in the Adirondack Mountains and canoe trips on the Delaware River. He has toured historical trails in Gettysburg, Valley Forge, and Washington D.C. Melliand will be serving as a second year staff member at Goose Pond Scout Reservation this summer where he was chosen to receive the Perspectives Acorn award. For his Eagle project, Melliand led the removal and reorganization of over 37 years of props, costumes, and debris from the basement of the Scranton Civic Ballet Company building. The project included the construction of large storage shelving units and recycling of metal, cardboard, and books.

Ross, son of Arlis and Suzanne Ross, Waverly Township, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Dec. 17, 2014. Ross is a sophomore at Abington Heights High School and is a member of the Robotics First Tech Challenge (FTC) and First Robotic Competition (FRC) teams. Ross is a four-year participant in the Odyssey of the Mind and competed at both regional and state competitions. He co-authors a monthly newspaper column in the Abington Journal, reporting on various Scouting activities, events, and rank advancements. Ross is also active in sports and is a member of the school’s cross country, track and field, and freshman football teams. Ross’ interests include hiking, cycling, and camping. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Clarks Summit and has volunteered as a staff member for the church’s vacation bible school.

Ross joined Troop 160 in 2010 and held various leadership positions, including Den Chief, Instructor, and Patrol Leader. He currently serves as the troop’s Senior Patrol Leader. Ross earned the Arrow of Light while a member of Cub Pack 160 after transferring from Pack 632 in Orlando, Florida. Ross was a participant in the Council’s Great Expectations and Great Medicine National Youth Leadership Training courses. He was elected into the Order of the Arrow and is a member of Lowwapaneu Lodge #191. Ross also earned the “God and Me” and “God and Family” religious awards. He has participated in various troop high adventure trips including backpacking in the Adirondack Mountains and has toured historical trails in Boston and Washington D.C. For his Eagle Project, Ross organized and conducted a community bicycle safety and maintenance event at the Clarks Summit Fire Hall.

Boeth, son of David and Maureen Boeth, Clarks Summit, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Jan. 21, 2015. Boeth is a sophomore at Abington Heights High School and is an honor roll student. He is a member of the Robotics Club and was also awarded a Gold medal at the Delaware Russian Olympiad. Boeth’s interests include cycling, climbing, hiking, and fly fishing. He is a member of Countryside Community Church where he is a member of the youth group.Boeth has also volunteered at the annual bazaar at St. Benedicts Church in Newton.

Boeth joined the Troop in 2011 and has served as Den Chief, Patrol Leader and Instructor. He also achieved Cub Scouting’s highest award, the Arrow of Light, while a member of Cub Pack 160. He was elected into the Order of the Arrow and will attend his Ordeal in June. Boeth was a participant in the Council’s Great Expectations and Great Medicine National Youth Leadership Training courses. He holds the record for selling the most popcorn in the District in 2011. He has toured historical trails in Gettysburg and Boston. For his Eagle project, Boeth constructed and refurbished picnic tables at the Chinchilla Hose Company.

Napierala, son of Susan Six and Jeff Napierala, South Abington Township, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on May 20, 2015. Napierala is a junior at Abington Heights High School and is a member of the National Honor Society. He also plays the trumpet in the marching, jazz and concert bands. Napierala holds a second degree Black Belt in Tang Su Do Karate and has performed in public karate demonstrations. His interests include science and biology, reading, video games, karate training and band. He is a member of the Church of the Epiphany where he has served as acolyte, crucifer and youth reader. He is a member of the church youth group and has volunteered at his church, with the Scouts, and at nursing homes.

Napierala joined Troop 160 in 2009 and held various leadership positions, including Librarian, Scribe, Instructor, and Patrol Leader. Napierala also achieved Cub Scouting’s highest award, the Arrow of Light, while a member of Cub Pack 160. He has participated in various troop high adventure trips including backpacking, whitewater and canoe trips on the Delaware River and has toured the historical trails in Gettysburg. For his Eagle Project, Napierala planned, prepared and implemented a hot meal for the homeless in the North Scranton area. He also sorted and distributed clothing items to the meal recipients.


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