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Newark high school juniors newest Troop 42 Eagles

Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 9:55 p.m. CST

NEWARK – Zachary Ward and Jon Kratzer of Newark Boy Scout Troup 42 both recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Zachary Ward, junior at Newark Community High School, accomplished this through his project of organizing the dismantling and rebuilding of the baseball dugouts for Newark Community High School. He selected this project because the old dugouts were in a state of potentially dangerous disrepair, according to a news release.

The new dugouts are made out of cinderblock with a concrete footing. Each dugout has a roof made of corrugated blue metal roof panels. Construction lasted over 10 work days starting in mid-May and finishing in October 2013. Ward, his friends, fellow Scouts, crew members and community members volunteered more than 400 service-hours of their time to make it happen. Ward fundraised more than $4,000 for the project. The brick, sand and gravel were donated by a local landscaping company.

Ward attended the 2013 National Jamboree at The Summit, West Virginia, in July 2013. He has been den chief and quartermaster for Troop 42 and vice president of communications for Venture Crew 42. He also is a member of the Order of the Arrow. His favorite activities involve community service.

He is active in the Millbrook Mighty Ones 4H club, serving as treasurer this year. He is on the Newark High School golf and baseball teams and a percussionist in the band. After finishing school, he intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree with a view to a career in the Culinary Arts.

Kratzer of Boy Scout Troop 42 in Newark also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He has been involved with Scouting since his days as a Tiger Scout. He completed his Eagle project last fall by leading a team of volunteers to construct a paver pathway from the pavilion at Newark’s Townhouse Park to the Veteran’s Memorial. The project consisted of 194 volunteer hours.

During his years in Scouting, Kratzer has held several positions with Troop 42 including quartermaster, patrol leader and instructor. He also is active in Venture Crew 42 where he has served as president, and within the Order of the Arrow, serving as inductions Chairman and Maramech Hills chapter chief. He also is active as a Cadet Firefighter with the Newark Fire Department.

His favorite activities during his Scouting years have been summer camp, canoe trips (including a trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area) and attending the National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University.

After he graduates from Newark high school next year, he plans to head to college to pursue a degree in the medical field.

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