Zachary TropfSchool: Atholton High SchoolHometown...


January 22, 1995

Zachary Tropf

School: Atholton High School

Hometown: Highland

Age: 16

Zachary, a junior at Atholton, has a 3.92 grade-point average and is taking seven Advanced Placement, Gifted and Talented or honors level courses. Included is a Science Research Mentor program at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, where he works with optical properties of materials.

His favorite subjects in school are science and physics.

He is a member of Atholton's "It's Academic" and math teams and is listed in "Who's Who in American High School Students."

Zachary has been involved with Boy Scouts since second grade. He was a member of Pack 737, then Troop 737. After completing requirements for Eagle Scout before his 14th birthday, Zachary went on to earn six Eagle Palm awards and received the Sons of the American Revolution 1993 Eagle Scout Medal as an outstanding Eagle Scout in the Class of 1993 in Howard County.

Zachary is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow and has attended 10 summer camps including Philmont, the largest scout ranch in the country, in Cimmaron, N.M., and the 1993 National Jamboree at the Army base Fort A. P. Hill in Virginia.

He has logged more than 120 nights of camping and has held many leadership positions in his troop over the years, including patrol leader, scribe and instructor. In 1993, Zachary took the top award at the National Jamboree's Arts and Science Expo for his design of a city of the future called "Zenith."

At Atholton, he has been an All-County cross-country runner since his freshman year. In outdoor track, he is a miler, and his best performance to date is third in the regionals and ninth in the state as a sophomore. Zachary has earned five varsity letters, three in cross country and two in indoor track. This winter, he is participating in indoor track for the first time. He also has been a member of the JV basketball team.

Outside school, many of Zachary's activities have been connected to scouting. He developed a bird feeding area at Schooley Mill Park under the sponsorship of the Howard County Bureau of Parks. He has participated in "Scouting for Food" for six years; Howard County Fair Grounds cleanup for four years; and Adopt-a-Highway for three years.

Zachary has been an active member of the Howard County Striders since 1988. He is Red Cross-certified in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Zachary's parents are Cheryl and Bill Tropf.

Plans: Over the summer, Zachary would like to attend a college camp focusing on one of his career interests. Beyond high school, Zachary would like to go to a college in the West or Southeast. He is considering several careers, including architecture, physical science and engineering. He also is interested in sports journalism.

His comments: "You learn a lot of new things," he said of his involvement in Scouts. "Once I achieved Eagle [Scout], I could help teach the younger Scouts." On why he has chosen running as his primary sport, Zachary said he enjoys the accomplishment of crossing the finish line. "It's hard training, but once you accomplish it you feel much better."

Send nominations to Student Standout, The Sun for Howard County, 5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 300, Columbia, 21044. Please enclose a brief description of the student's activities and a phone number to reach the student.

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