Po-Hi Junior Earns Eagle Scout Ranking

Ponca City Now - May 10, 2023 6:48 am

Aiden Tapp, Ponca City High School junior, has earned the Boy Scouts of America’s highest advancement award, the rank of Eagle Scout. Aiden will be honored in a special court of honor this summer. He is a member of Troop 524, which is chartered by First Lutheran Church.
Each Eagle candidate must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project. Aiden chose to create an American Flag drop box at the Troop 524 meeting place (First Lutheran Church Youth House), where worn out flags can be dropped off. The Troop often has people asking where they can bring old flags to retire and his project allows them to drop off their flags at their convenience.
After drop-off, Scouts will gather and plan flag retirement ceremonies honoring each flag in an appropriate manner.
“Aiden worked very hard on his project, and the end result is going to be a great benefit to our community,” said Troop 524 Scoutmaster Jay Wagner. “Respectfully retiring flags is something Scouts all over the United States take great pride in doing as a sign of the ultimate respect to our flag and nation, but now we have a very professional and visible place for community members to drop the flags for safekeeping until they can be properly retired. In the few short months since the dropbox has been installed, we have already received dozens of flags for our Scouts to retire.”
Tapp is active in theatre, orchestra and football, lettering in both orchestra and football. He has been a part of Boys State, Youth Leadership Oklahoma, National Honor Society and scored a 96 percent on his ASVAB test. He is the son of Ron and Stacey Tapp and plans to become an officer in the military with goals to attend West Point after graduation.
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