Member of Troop 550 promoted to Eagle Scout

NEIGHBORS

March 14, 1994|By ROSALIE M. FALTER

The rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 550 was awarded to Raju Shah Thursday at a ceremony after a dinner in his honor at St. Christopher's Church.

At the ceremony, challenges to Raju's Eagle Scout promotion were presented by: Eli Senter, Life Scout; Phil Pitts, Star Scout; and adult Eagle Scouts Larry Jennings, Chris Webb, Vince Mise and Gerald Starr.

The questions were received by master of ceremonies Bill Brownfield and responses accepted by Joseph Hyla, committee chairman. Bruce Hinkle headed the Eagle Charge and the obligations of the rank, honor, character, loyalty, courage and service.

Ted Sophocleus presented Raju a certificate of recognition from District 32 delegates. Raju also received a similar certificate from President Clinton. Mike Frantantuono read the Eagle Honor Roll, a synopsis of what the 43 Eagle Scouts from Troop 550 are doing now. The troop has been in existence since 1964.

Manoj Dharamsi gave the benediction and invocation. The Toulson Boot Camp Color Guard from Jessup performed the posting of colors and the retirement of colors.

Raju accepted the honor of Eagle Scout by recognizing all those who helped him toward his goal.

Raju's Eagle Scout Project was carried out at the Linthicum library.

"The purpose of my project was to improve the landscape around the air-conditioning unit," he said. He made his presentation on the project to the Troop 550 Committee and the Anne Arundel County public library board of trustees.

Under his direction, five hemlock trees and five pyracantha bushes were planted around the unit. To improve drainage, the area between the library building and the air-conditioning unit was regraded, seeded and covered with straw.

Throughout his Scouting career, Raju has earned 55 merit badges, 10 skill awards, Totin' Chip, Fireman Chit and the World Conservation Award. He also has been elected to the Order of the Arrow, and served as assistant patrol leader, quartermaster, instructor, scribe, Patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader.

He is a junior at Meade Senior High School where he maintains an A average.

He is a member of the National Honor Society, the "It's Academic Team," the Student Government Association, the Computer Club, the Math Team, the Speech & Debate Club, Future Business Leaders of America and Model United Nations.

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Grandparents and senior friends of Linthicum Elementary students are invited to visit the school tomorrow. Refreshments will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. while visitors are entertained by a brief preview of the musical revue to be presented that evening for the PTA. Visitation for grades one to six and morning kindergarten classes will be from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Afternoon visitations for kindergarten only will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The general PTA meeting will take place at 7 p.m. tomorrow, when the full production of the musical revue will be presented. Under the direction of music teacher Judy Jacques, fifth- and sixth-grade students will sing and dance to music from stage and screen.

* Linthicum Elementary students and their families are invited to wear green and join the St. Patrick's Day celebration for Burger King Night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow.

All students who attend will receive a No Homework Pass and will be eligible for door prizes such as stickers, erasers and other "green surprises."

Burger King donates 20 percent of the sales during this period to the Linthicum PTA. Proceeds will benefit year-end picnics.

* Parents and students are reminded to send in Giant A+ receipts by Wednesday so they may be tallied and sent to Giant Food. The school is still accepting Safeway receipts dated before Feb. 28.

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Men and women who would like to be part of the Notables entertainment group are invited to attend practice sessions from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday in St. Christopher's Episcopal Church Hall, 118 Marydel Road.

For additional information, call Charles Haslup, director, at 859-1850.

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