Connor Hetzel, oldest son of Kristen and Brian Hetzel, will receive his Eagle Scout rank from Boy Scout Troop 60 in a Court of Honor Ceremony on April 14.
Connor began as a Tiger Cub Scout in 2000 with Pack 511 in Janesville, Wis., and transferred to the Boardman Pack 114 in 2004. As a Cub Scout, he earned his Parvuli Dei religious award and the Arrow of Light, the highest award a Cub Scout can earn.
Connor crossed over into Boy Scout Troop 60, sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church, in 2005. On his trail to Eagle, he has earned 29 merit badges, the Gettysburg and Antietam historical patches, Boy Scout religious awards Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII, the 50 Miler patch, and been "tapped out" for Order of the Arrow membership. He participated in the Seven Ranges Summer Camp honors program and earned his Pipestone five times, as well as the Paul Bunyan Award, Survivor Award, and Mile Swim patch. He has spent 114 nights camping, hiked more than 20 miles, and canoed 213 miles. He has provided 52 hours of service to his community.
Connor has been an assistant patrol leader, a patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, and a senior patrol leader. He was also a Den Chief, mentoring Cub Scouts through their Wolf, Bear and Webelos ranks.
For his Eagle project, Connor designed and directed a training video for the altar servers for St. Charles Borromeo Parish. The video provides a pictorial overview of the responsibilities of the servers and instructs them in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the beauty of the Mass.
Connor will graduate from Boardman High School in 2012, where he has been active on the Academic Challenge team, speech team, tennis team, Model United Nations, and the Spanish Club. He is an active member of St. Charles Borromeo Church, where he volunteers as an altar server and lector, and participates in the youth group and celebrate planning team. He has been awarded the Eagle of the Cross by the Diocese of Youngstown. He plans on attending Youngstown State University in the fall.