The Norman Transcript

April 21, 2013

Court of Honor scheduled today for 7 area Eagle Scouts

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Court of Honor for seven area Eagle Scouts will be 2 p.m. today at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church.

Scouts include Zachary Ryan Burkett, Creighton Miles De Kalb, Benjamin JM Hsu, Evan Michael Hensley, Sean Michael LaChance, Alexander Evan Dihrberg and Tyler Glen Brown.

Burkett will graduate in May from Norman High School. He plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and major in civil engineering.

He has earned 31 merit badges and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He also earned the Arrow of Light, Brotherhood, Historic Trails, 50-mile Canoe, BSA Kayaking and Polar Bear awards. He has 75 service hours.

Burkett has served his troop as senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, quartermaster, troop guide, grubmaster, chaplain aide, historian and librarian.

He has attended Slippery Falls Scout Ranch, Trappers, Northern Tier High Adventure Expedition, Current River float trips, Scout-O-Rama, Diamond H and the Centennial National Jamboree. He has 98 camp nights.

His Eagle service project involved planning, supervising and helping with the placement of solar-powered light posts placed along the road leading to the summer camp for residents at the J.D. McCarty Center in Norman.

Burkett is the son of Tom Burkett and Brenda Burkett.

De Kalb is a sophomore at Norman North High School.

He has earned 33 merit badges and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He also earned the Arrow of Light, BSA Kayaking and Polar Bear awards. He has 65 service hours.

De Kalb has served his troop as senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader, librarian, chaplain aide, grubmaster and historian.

He has attended Slippery Falls Scout Ranch, Diamond H, Trappers, Current River float trip and the Centennial National Jamboree. He also is slated to be the crew leader for the Troop’s 2013 Philmont trek. He has 68 camp nights.

His Eagle service project involved the planning, design and construction of a new 34’-by-54’ training pen for Second Chance Animal Sanctuary in Norman.

De Kalb is the son of Dan and Lori DeKalb.

Hsu is a sophomore at Norman North High School.

He has earned 24 merit badges and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He also earned the Arrow of Light, Historic Trails, 50-mile Canoe, Polar Bear and World Conservation awards. He was Sooner District top seller in 2010 and 2011 for Boy Scout popcorn fundraisers. He has 120 service hours.

Benjamin has served his troop as assistant senior patrol leader, den chief, troop guide, historian, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, librarian and grubmaster .

He has attended Slippery Falls Scout Ranch, Trappers, Current River float trips, Diamond H, the Centennial National Jamboree and Northern Tier High Adventure Expedition. He has 59 camp nights.

His Eagle service project involved designing, constructing and planting four garden beds of landscaping for Southern Oklahoma Chinese Baptist Church in Norman.

He is the son of Simon and JingJing Hsu.

Hensley is a freshman at Norman High School.

He has earned 31 merit badges. He also earned the Arrow of Light, Historic Trails, Polar Bear, Recruiter Strip and 50-Mile canoe awards. He has 43 service hours.

Hensley has served his troop as patrol leader, bugler and quartermaster.

He has attended Slippery Falls Scout Ranch, Northern Tier High Adventure Expedition, Diamond H, Centennial National Jamboree and Current River float trips. He has 56 camp nights.

Hensley’s Eagle service project involved building sifting boxes for the American Red Cross. They will give the boxes to victims of home fires so the victims may try to recover items not destroyed in the fire. Evan was one of 13 Eagle Scouts whose project was considered for the Last Frontier Council Eagle Project of the Year.

Hensley is the son of Mike and Debra Hensley.

LaChance is a sophomore at Norman North High School.

He has earned 39 merit badges and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He also earned the Arrow of Light, Brotherhood, Paul Bunyan Woodsman and Polar Bear awards. He has 67 service hours.

LaChance has served his troop as patrol leader, junior assistant SM, quartermaster, grubmaster, troop guide, webmaster and bugler.

He has attended Slippery Falls Scout Ranch, Trappers, Current River float trips, Diamond H and the Centennial National Jamboree. He has 70 camp nights. He was recently elected quartermaster for the National Jamboree 2013.

LaChance’s Eagle service project was called Critter’s For Kids and involved the collection of new toys and other items for a child to play with while in a hospital and/or to be on their bed when they return from surgery.

He is the son of Duane and Jennifer LaChance.

Dihrberg is a junior at Norman North High School.

He has earned 35 merit badges and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He also earned the Arrow of Light and BSA Kayaking awards. He has 91 service hours.

He has served his troop as assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, quartermaster and grubmaster.

He has attended Slippery Falls Scout Ranch, Diamond H and the Centennial National Jamboree. He has 45 camp nights.

Dihrberg’s Eagle service project involved designing, building, varnishing and installing three 6-foot tall wooden storage shelves to fit in the new storage room of the Children’s Day Out Program at the First Baptist Church in Norman. 

He is the son of Ed and Karen Dihrberg.

Brown will graduate in May from Norman North High School. After graduation, he plans to attend OU and major in environmental engineering.

He has earned 24 merit badges, as well as the Religious and the World Conservation Award, and is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. He also earned the Arrow of Light, Polar Bear, 50-Mile Hiking, 75-Mile Canoe and the Triple Crown Award. He has 65 service hours.

Brown has served his troop as patrol leader, assistant patrol leader and senior patrol leader of Scout Troop 241 and Venture Crew President of Crew 2241.

He attended Philmont Scout Ranch, Sea Base and Northern Tier High Adventure Expedition. He not only attended Slippery Falls Scout Ranch as a camper but also worked as a staff member for one summer. He has 134 camp nights.

Browns’s Eagle Service Project involved organization of the youth mission tools and storage room at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church.

He is the son of Eric and Paula Brown.

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