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Two Scouts attain Eagle rank in Troop 702 [Fulton/Highland]

Austin Cooper-Troendle, left, and Kevin A. Fitzgerald have attained the highest rank in Scouting, Eagle.

Two local young adults, one from Highland and the other from Columbia, attained the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout at their Court of Honor held on June 7 and conducted at Linden-Linthicum United Methodist Church in Clarksville.

Kevin A. Fitzgerald of Highland and Austin Cooper-Troendle of Columbia are both members of the National Pike District of the Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.


Kevin, age 17, is now a senior at River Hill High School and he has been an active Scout and avid outdoorsman, participating with the troop in all the usual Scouting activities like hiking, biking, camping and fishing. To date, Kevin is the only Scout in Troop 702's history to earn BSA's Triple Crown, an award presented to him for attending Scouting's three high adventure camps: Philmont Scout Ranch, N.M.; BSA Sea Base, Fla.; and Northern Tier, Minn.

His Eagle project involved the planning, the construction and installation of 14 bluebird houses for the Audubon Society of Central Maryland in New Market.


Austin, age 18, is a 2015 graduate of River Hill High School. After the summer break, Austin plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin. Like Kevin, Austin is an avid Scout having participated in many summer camps, hiked a challenging trek at Philmont Scout Ranch, and biked the entire C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage Trail, just to name a few of his many accomplishments.

For his Eagle project, Austin designed and led the effort to construct a patio and two Adirondack chairs for the Arc of Howard County.

Established in 1983, Troop 702 has seen 60 Scouts attain the Eagle Scout rank. The troop performs a wide range of community service projects serving local churches, parks and other organizations. They collect food for the local food banks during "Scouting for Food", commemorate Memorial Day through the "We Remember" program, and participates in the annual Highland Day activities in October by providing parking wardens and performing other activities to help out. The troop meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Highland. For more information about Troop 702, contact Scoutmaster Rick Fitzgerald at

The Lime Kiln Middle School students of the week for the week ending June 12 are: Alex Richman, Jackson Howard, Ashley Yang, Jayda Jones, Avinash Kannan, Leela Derstine, Cade Campbell, LiHua Mo, Caileigh Sullivan, Lindsay Wilcox, Cameron Okolita, Lindsey Holmes, Charlie Cummings, Lucy Buda, Charlotte Stanton, Maia Cornwell, Cheyenne Gray, Manaal Haroon, Clara Janush, Menkaure Ameni, Clayton Cowan, Michael Herschbach, Craig Hoffman, Nimay Vyas, David Esquivel, Sonia Albert, Donivan Okolita, Sophia Clark, Eric Diehl, Suhani Khosla, Ethan Dixon, Taren Johnson, Ezebuola Wonodi, Trace Teodori, Gabrielle Moomaw, Tyler Reiff, Ishan Patel and Zoe Schlossnagle. Congratulations to each of you for finishing the school year well!

At Fulton Elementary School, change is underway. As you may have heard, Sue Nickles, one of the assistant principals, is leaving and moving to Ilchester Elementary School to step into her new position as assistant principal. She gave me permission to reprint her goodbye letter to the community.

"Dear Fulton Families, This week, I was informed that I will be moving to Ilchester Elementary as assistant principal. I have been an assistant principal at Fulton for ten years. Even though I have previously worked at four other schools, I have worked at Fulton the longest. Fulton really "feels like home" to me. I have gotten to know and love many of the Fulton students, families, and community members, and I will miss you all! Fulton Elementary will always hold a special place in my heart! Sincerely, Sue Nickles".

The annual Clarksville Picnic takes place on June 27 this year. "There's changes afoot!" I'll have more about the picnic next week.