The Norman Transcript


May 8, 2013

Norman youth now Eagle Scout

NORMAN — Kalin Ross Despain, son of Matt and Carla “Tuzie” Despain, of Norman, was awarded as Eagle Scout, Boy Scouting’s highest rank, on Sunday.

Despain, 18, is a member of Venture Crew 2528, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

He began his scouting with Cub Scout Pack 528 (achieving the Arrow of Light award), then a member of Scout Troop 528 and then Venture Crew 2528.

In Boy Scouting and Venturing, Despain had various leadership positions, including patrol leader, senior patrol leader and Venture Crew president.

He earned 31 merit badges and the On My Honor, 50-mile, snorkeling and Polar Bear awards. He also attended Slippery Falls and Diamond H scout ranches, Camp Tom Hale and Camp Flaming Arrow.

Despain has more than 100 camp nights. His favorite merit badges include Signaling (a Centennial merit badge offered only in 2010) and Climbing.

For his Eagle Scout Service project, Despain planned and supervised the expansion and improvement of the outdoor classroom at Monroe Elementary with nearly $5,000 in donated materials and more than 500 man-hours.

The project included a new wood deck, 10 benches, six large cedar planter boxes, stone steps, a trail, planting trees, landscaping and refurbishing the pond.

Despain will graduate in May from Norman High School, where he has been active in the music program, earning All State Jazz Band honors.

He also will graduate from the LDS Seminary religious education program. This fall he will attend the University of Oklahoma.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Human Rights Artist, activist-in-residence uses art to enlighten society

    La Puerta del Mileno, the Millennium Door, attempts to beckon travelers into the city walls of Ciudad Juarez, but the steel beams are abruptly interrupted as they reach for the sky by the eye of a child who sees the underlying message: the ...

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Oklahoma Water Resources Board grants Norman low-interest loan for facility upgrade

    Norman has been authorized for a $50.3 million loan from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to fund Phase 2 of the Norman Water Reclamation Facility upgrade. “It’s the single largest loan OWRB has made,” Norman Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said. ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Oklahoma’s superintendent attracts opponents

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The field of candidates running for state school superintendent is unusually large — a sign of broad interest in what observers say is sure to be a referendum on the incumbent, Dr. Janet Barresi....

    April 17, 2014

  • Women leaders announced

    The Norman Chamber announced the nominees for the 2014 Women’s Leadership Award, which honors female leaders who actively inspire other women to achieve their full potential.  Past recipients of this honor, formerly known as the ATHENA ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Organizers confident of safe race

    BOSTON — The arrest of a man with a rice cooker in his backpack near the Boston Marathon finish line led police to step up patrols Wednesday, while organizers sought to assure the city and runners of a safe race next week....

    April 17, 2014

  • Ducks Unlimited night set

    Cleveland County’s chapter of Ducks Unlimited will host its annual “Sportsman Night” at 6 p.m. April 25 at the Optimist Club Gym in Norman....

    April 17, 2014

  • Record number of NPS students selected for Duke program

    A record number of Norman Public Schools seventh-graders have been selected for Duke University’s Talent Identification Search for State and National Recognition. Fifty-one students were identified via a competitive testing process for ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Fed says no to business help

    LEXINGTON — The federal government has turned down the state’s request for an economic injury declaration from the U.S. Small Business Administration following the Jan. 31 closure of the Lexington-Purcell bridge over the Canadian River....

    April 17, 2014

  • History group to host local book signing event

    Mae Davenport Cox will sign copies of “Red Dirt, River and Rails: Early-Day Settlers to Southern Cleveland County” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lexington Senior Citizen Center during ‘89er Day festivities....

    April 17, 2014

  • OU Staff Week to include daily activities

    The University of Oklahoma Norman campus Staff Week, set April 21-25, will feature many activities. The theme is “OU Staff: The Real Superheroes.” Donations of canned food for Food and Shelter may be brought to all activities except the ...

    April 17, 2014