Eight troopmates reach Eagle Scout rank

February 16, 2014 

In front row, from left, are Zachary Brundage, Nicholas Abplanalp and Tanner Henderson. In second row, from left, are Ammon Thornton, Tanner Nichols, Alexander Boris and Eli Keetch. Michael Knott is in the back.

COURTESY OF TAMMY KNOTT

Eight Scouts from Troop 302 in Wake Forest have attained the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boy Scouting.

Nicholas Abplanalp, R. Alexander Boris, Zachary M. Brundage, Tanner G. Henderson, Eli J. Keetch, Michael J. Knott, Tanner J. Nichols and Ammon J. Thornton were honored together at a Court of Honor ceremony in December.

For his Eagle project, Nicholas cleared and marked emergency evacuation trails for Lead Mine Elementary School. He also made minor repairs to the school’s track and cleared overgrowth along the fence line. Nicholas attends Millbrook High School in Raleigh and is the son of Mike and Becky Abplanalp.

Alexander, the son of Richard and Eurry Boris, led a group of volunteers in refurbishing six picnic tables for use in an outdoor science classroom at Hilburn Academy in Raleigh. Alexander is a student at Leesville Road High School.

Zachary, the son of Dale and Sharon Brundage, built 30 steps on a walking path at Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Park in North Raleigh. He is a student at Millbrook High School.

Tanner Henderson, a student at Wakefield High School and son of Jeff and Jane Henderson, added six trail markers and directional signs at the Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve.

Eli, a student at Heritage High School and son of Scott and Angie Keetch, built six bedframes for cabins at William B. Umstead State Park.

Michael, a student at Franklin Academy and the son of John and Tammy Knott, built shelves and bleacher skirting for The Boys & Girls Club of Wake Forest. His band also performed at a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club, bringing in $520.

For his project, Tanner Nichols built and installed seven trail signs at Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve. He attends Raleigh Charter High School and is the son of Grant and Bonnie Nichols.

Ammon, a student at Millbrook High School and the son of Will and Angela Thornton, built three planter boxes at Brassfield Elementary in Raleigh and supplied over 100 plants for them.

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