Five of this year's 36 graduates at St. Maria Goretti high school in Hagerstown have an extraordinary achievement in common.
They each have earned Boy Scouting's highest rank, Eagle Scout.
Nationally, just 2 percent of Scouts ever attain this honor, said Barbara Weaver, spokeswoman for the local Mason-Dixon Council for Boy Scouting. More than 800,000 boys are in the Scouting program nationwide, she said.
The Mason-Dixon Council covers Washington County in Maryland as well as Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania.
It has also done well, compared to the national rate, Weaver said.
In all, 53 of its 741 Scouts earned the Eagle rank in 2006, she said. That's 7.1 percent.
And that wasn't unusual. In 2005, she said, 51 of its 750 Scouts attained the Eagle rank. That's 6.8 percent.
At Goretti, the new Eagle Scouts include:
· Matthew Brockway, of Troop 4, which is sponsored by John Wesley United Methodist Church. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and earned his Eagle on Jan. 24, 2006. He is the son of Mike and Karen Brockway;