John Siefer III of Kent received his Eagle Scout award in a court of honor ceremony held recently at the Christ Episcopal Church of Kent.
Siefer, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 257, was presented his award by Dr. Dave Yaniglos. For his Eagle Scout project, he dug a drainage ditch along the Buckeye Trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park to help improve trail conditions.
Siefer joined Troop No. 257 in 1997. He became an ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow and participated in Brown Sea Leader training. The son of Sue and John Siefer II of Kent, he is a senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, where he participates in the Urban Forestry program. He placed sixth in the state this year in the programs nursery and landscaping competition.
Upon graduation, he plans to attend college to major in horticulture.
Siefer has a great love for the outdoors and has gone on several high-adventure trips, including the Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Red Creek in Dolly Sods, W.Va., and Isle Royale National Wilderness Area on Lake Superior. During the summer of 2001, he volunteered for the Student Conservation Association. He was in Northern Minnesota at Voyageurs National Park. He has joined Venture Crew No. 2257 and plans on canoeing in Maine this summer for two weeks.