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Clear Spring Troop 117's Graybill earns Eagle Scout rank

June 30, 2008

Troop 117, Clear Spring, honored Kyle Robert Graybill with the highest award in Scouting - the Eagle Scout - on June 1 at Hilltop Christian Fellowship.

The members of Troop 117 conducted the opening ceremony and Scoutmaster Keith Sheffler served as the master of ceremonies. He also read "Trail to Eagle." Eagle Scout Kyle Downs read "One Hundred Scouts." Eagle Scout Tim Bair administered the Eagle Charge.

Sheffler presented the Eagle badge, and Kyle in turn presented his mother with a miniature Eagle pin and his father with an Eagle lapel pin. Kyle is the son of Brad and Holly Graybill.

Jerry Cump from Hagerstown Elks Lodge No. 378 presented the Americanism Award, along with a U.S. flag.

U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett presented a Congressional Recognition, along with a U.S. flag, which flew over the Capitol building. Kyle also received a State Resolution from Sen. Don Munson, House Resolution from Del. LeRoy Myers and a Governor's Citation. John Barr presented a Certificate of Accomplishment from the Washington County Commissioners. Troop 117 presented Kyle with an Eagle bolo tie and a membership to the National Eagle Scout Association.

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Kyle started in scouting in 1999 as a Tiger Cub in Pack 117, Clear Spring. He earned all of the ranks, including the Arrow of Light, the highest Cub Scout Award. In June 2001, he crossed the bridge into Boy Scouts with Troop 117. He has served the troop as librarian and patrol leader. He has earned 31 merit badges. Kyle has attended summer camp at Sinoquipe Scout Reservation for eight years and is serving his third year on camp staff this summer. He is also a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow with Guneukitschik Lodge 317.

Kyle's Eagle project was the repair and upkeep of the gazebo and walkway at Washington County Technical High School. The project required weeding, repainting of the sundial, trimming hedges, and replacing and repairing of the bricks. A section of the walkway that had fallen was replaced, with new edge boards added.

Kyle graduated in 2007 from Washington County Technical High and from Clear Spring High School with honors. He is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, the National Society of High School Scholars and the Society of American Military Engineers. He was chosen top in his pre-engineering class, as well as top in his physics class. Kyle had perfect school attendance since the seventh grade. Kyle has completed his first year at Penn State University, Mont Alto campus. He is pursuing a degree in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering. He was a recipient of the Chancellors Scholarship and the Outstanding Freshmen Scholarship.

Robert Graybill, Kyle's grandfather, gave the invocation and Pastor Doug Courter of Hilltop Christian Fellowship gave the benediction.

Troop 117 is sponsored by Clear Spring Scouting Association.

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