Scouts pick projects to boost hometown

July 28, 2013 

From left, Boy Scouts Andrew HoTong, Colton M. Shoup, Steve Shannon and Walker Knight recently earned their Eagle awards wtih projects that benefitted schools and a park in Chapel Hill. All of the boys are in Troop 835.


Four Boy Scouts in Chapel Hill’s Troop 835 recently achieved the rank of Eagle, the highest achievement in Boy Scouting.

Andrew HoTong, son of Anthony and Betty HoTong; Walker M. Knight, son of Josiah and Myra Knight; Steve Shannon, son of Andrew and Pam Shannon; and Colton M. Shoup, son of Dave and Michelle Shoup, made improving schools and a park in Chapel Hill the focus of their Eagle projects.

Andrew’s project was directing the construction of a 30-foot bridge at Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill to help walkers and bikers cross a water runoff ditch that separates a field from some trails in the woods.

Walker built a set of stairs and a gravel path on an often-muddy shortcut students used to reach the bus lot at East Chapel Hill High School.

Colton created a new championship sign on Chapel Hill High School’s Tiger Field and installed new landscaping. He also held awareness activities for sudden arrhythmia death syndrome, which claimed the life of a student-athlete at the school.

Steve built two rolling racks for cellos and basses in the Chapel Hill High School band room and also built a trophy case to display the band’s awards.

Andrew and Walker attended East Chapel Hill High School, and Steve and Colton attended Chapel Hill High School.

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