Five Gretna students received the highest honor in Scouting on March 18th during an Eagle Court of Honor Ceremony at Gretna Com- munity Church. The young men have enjoyed scouting with each other since they were tigers - three boys in one den and two in another. The formal ceremony culminated their journey with Troop 363, including the Path of the Eagle Trail, Obligations, Eagle Pledge, Presentation of Mentor Pins, and prayers.
To achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, these Scouts were required to earn several merit badges, ful- fill service hours in their community, and complete an Eagle Scout project. Yet, there were other leadership opportunities, projects, and accolades along the way. Those obtaining the rank included James Anderson, Ryan Brace, Trevor Ernst, Colton Prince, and William McQueney.
James Anderson, son of Janet and Daniel Anderson and a senior at Gretna High School, earned 33 merit badges. His Eagle project was rebuilding a storage garage for St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Omaha.
Ryan Brace, son of Robin and Steve Brace and a senior at Gretna High School, earned 33 merit badges. His Eagle project was constructing two benches around two trees in Peterson Park.
Trevor Ernst, son of Wendi and Cary Ernst and a senior at Gretna High School, earned 29 merit badges. His Eagle project was building a ga-ga ball pit and repainting the swing sets at Gretna Elementary School.
Colton Prince, son of Tricia and Pat Prince and a senior at Gretna High School, earned 27 merit badges. His Eagle project was building mobile planter boxes for Silver Ridge Assisted Living Center.
William McQueney, son of Catherine and Jon McQueney and a senior at Gretna High School, earned 27 merit badges. His Eagle project was designing and installing chain fencing around the military tank in front of the Gretna American Legion club.
The ceremony may be over; however, being an Eagle Scout is a gift for life.