Scout Troop 702's newest Eagle is Alex Robinson [Highland/Fulton]

Being a Boy Scout was one of the highlights of my childhood. It provides leadership training, working as a team, problem-solving, survival skills — just to name a few.

Not every Boy Scout aspires to become an Eagle Scout. On May 24at a Court of Honor conducted at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, Alexander Jose Robinson, of Highland, received his Eagle Scout designation. His grandfather, of Brookeville, who earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1956, was there to witness this honor.

Alex, a junior at River Hill High School, age 16, is a member of Troop 702, National Pike District of the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. His Scouting career is impressive: Scout summer camps at Bayport, Resica Falls, Broad Creek and Rivah Base at the Rappahanock Scout Camp.

He is an avid skier, having learned to love skiing on his very first ski trip with the scouts. He traveled to Philmont, the premier Scouting camp, and was a part of the Philmont Crew in 2012, hiking one of the most grueling treks that Philmont has to offer.

Alex was elected by his peers to the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scout honor society. Soon after, he rose to the rank of Order of the Arrow Brotherhood. Alex has earned a total of 23 merit badges. His Eagle Project involved the design and construction of three prize wheels to be used as educational tools for the Howard County Conservancy. The project took 117 man hours and two weekend group work sessions.

He is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America at River Hill. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. And, he will be travelling to Spain as a teen exchange student with the Columbia Association's Sister Cities program.

I want to thank Vicky Robinson, Alex's mom, for her email alerting us to Alex's accomplishments. Boy Scout Troop 702, established in 1983, has seen 57 of its scouts attain the Eagle Scout rank.

Annually, the troop participates in the "Scouting for Food" program, collecting food for the Howard County Food Bank, commemorates Memorial Day through the "We Remember" program and helps the Greater Highland Crossroads Association with Highland Day parking and events.

The troop meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9 pm at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Highland. For more information about Troop 702, contact Scoutmaster Rick Fitzgerald at

Reservoir High School ends the year with a new band director. He is David Bacon and he has a master's degree in music from James Madison University and a bachelor's degree in music from the University of Delaware.

David is a trumpet player and possesses a wealth of experience both in wind literature as well as orchestral literature. Welcome aboard, David. I'll have more from David in a later column.

Isn't it amazing how circumstances work out? Colin O'Bryan, one of the music directors at Reservoir High School, met a young man that he has worked with over the course of the past couple years to pursue his passion in music.

Cameron Hejna, a 17-year-old who attends Nichols School in Buffalo, N.Y., applied for admission to the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music with a draft composition titled "The Years of the Stars" performed by the Reservoir High School Orchestra.

At the spring concert in May, the orchestra performed the world premiere of "Stars," which was commissioned by RHS specifically for the orchestra. "Stars" is based primarily on the J.R.R. Tolkien's creation story from his work "The Silmarillion," recounting the history of Middle Earth.

The Fulton Elementary School Kids for Character for May are Ricky Reddy, kindergarten; Jack Holmes, first grade; Sora Park, second grade; Alana Leak, third grade; Xavier Arvelo, fourth grade; and Matthew Macapagal, fifth grade. These students, selected by their teachers, are awarded a tie-dyed "K 4 C" Tee shirt and, along with Freddie the Falcon and Principal Karen Moore-Roby and Assistant Principal Susan Nickles get to greet their fellow students arriving at school. Congratulations to each of these outstanding students.

The students of the week at Lime Kiln Middle School for the week ending June 6 are: Blake Ipsen, Devin Hill, Daniel Monch, Ellie Cirovski, Carrie Lubis, Christian Maric, Annie Larkins, Taylor Holton, Eugene Yi, Cori Bautz and Abeera Hussain. Congratulations and keep up the great work.

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