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Abeles receives Eagle Scout rank

Hagerstown troop recognizes ScoutâEUR(TM)s efforts

Hagerstown troop recognizes ScoutâEUR(TM)s efforts

December 19, 2007

In a ceremony Nov. 24 at St. John's Episcopal Church, William Robert Abeles III was awarded Boy Scouting's highest honor, the rank of Eagle Scout.

He is the 81st Eagle Scout in Troop 10, which is sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.

He is the son of Bill and Beverly Abeles.

Life Scout Charlie Abeles, Will's brother, organized and led the ceremony. The Color Guard, Chris Pangborn, Alex Persinger and Bob Hardinge, presented the colors to begin the ceremony. The Rev. Scott Bellows, rector of St. John's, gave the benediction. Scout Master Hunt Hardinge read "One Hundred Scouts" and gave the Eagle Charge. Assistant Scout Master Todd Cochrane read Will's biography and presented the Eagle Awards. Troop Committee Chair Bill Price open and closed the ceremony. Council District Executive Scott Paddack read the Eagle Obligation. Father Scott then showed a slide presentation put together by Will. Will was escorted by Honor Guard Kalvin Day, Addie Hardinge and Jack Pangborn, all Eagle Scouts in Troop 10.

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Beverly Abeles presented her son his Eagle badge, and Bill Abeles Jr. presented his son his Eagle Scout Certificate.

Guest speakers included State Sen. Donald Munson and Del. Robert McKee. Proclamations were read from Gov. Martin O'Malley and President and Mrs. Bush. Jerry Cump, from the Hagerstown Elks Club, presented the Americanism Award and U.S. Flag, along with a Maryland State Flag. The Elks Club purchases the Eagle kits for every Eagle Scout in Washington County.

Will joined the Cub Scouts in 1995 as a Tiger Cub at Paramount Elementary School. He moved to Pack 66 at First Christian Church the next year and moved up through the ranks from Bobcat, Wolf, and Bear to Webelos, and earned his Arrow of Light. He crossed the bridge into Boy Scout Troop 142 at the American Legion.

When Troop 142 disbanded, Will joined Troop 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Over the next several years, Will progressed through the ranks of Boy Scouts holding such positions as Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, and Scribe. He attended several summer Boy Scout camps at Sinoquipe and two at Camp Spencer. Will attended the National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill and Philmont high adventure camp in Cimarron, N.M. He is also an Ordeal Member of the Order of the Arrow.

For his Eagle Scout project, Will enclosed a storage closet at St. John's Preschool. With the help of fellow scouts and some key adults from St. John's, Will framed, dry walled, finished and painted the closet. The closet was completed with a set of bi-fold doors. In order to fund the project, Will collected donations from his church and the preschool.

Will is a 2007 graduate of North Hagerstown High School, where he lettered in soccer, tennis and indoor track. He was the varsity soccer captain, and earned the Boy's Scholar Athlete Award. He was inducted into the John D. Zentmyer Chapter of the National Honor Society his junior year. He was a member of the Key Club, the Calculus Club and the Drama Club. Will also participated in the Wesel, Germany/Hagerstown Sister City Exchange.

He is a freshman at Emerson College majoring in media studies and television production.

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