Boy Scout Troop No. 575 of Mantua recently held a court of honor ceremony to honor five Scouts who earned their Eagle Scout badges.
Receiving the honors were Boy Scouts Nathan Lehota, Jeffrey Gries, Jonathan Martin, Frederick Gray IV and Alexander Galbraith.
The Scouts were presented with several certificates of achievement and congratulations from numerous local and national organizations, including the U.S. Armed Forces.
Mantua Mayor Claude Hopkins attended the ceremony to read a city proclamation declaring Feb. 23, 2003 as Eagle Scout Day.
Lehota, 18, is the son of Susan and Charles Lehota of Shalersville.
A senior at Crestwood High School, he has been Scouting for 12 years and has held such positions as assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, senior assistant patrol leader and senior patrol leader. His Eagle Scout project was to build a new landscape retaining wall in front of Christ Lutheran Church of Mantua.
He chose this project because he wanted to give something back to his church and improve its appearance. Lehota has enlisted in the delayed entry program of the U.S. Navy for the interior communications advanced technical field program.
Gries is the son of Joseph and Carol Gries of Mantua.
He is a 2002 summa cum laude honors graduate of Crestwood High School. He participated in golf, wrestling and swimming.
He was a member of National Honor Society and National Honor Roll and received many academic awards. He began as a Cub Scout in the second grade and moved up in the patrol from assistant patrol leader to his current position as junior assistant Scout master. His Eagle Scout project was a food drive where he collected more than 2,000 pounds of food for the Mantua 4Cs food cupboard.
Gries currently is a freshman at Miami University in Oxford majoring in mechanical engineering.
Martin is the son of Joan Martin and Richard Kocica of Mantua.
The Crestwood High sophomore is an honors student and plays football. He has been involved in Scouting for six years, having gone through the five ranks of Scouting in that time to attain his Eagle Scout rank.
His Eagle Scout project was to refurbish the bleachers for Little League at Mantua Center.
The bleachers were disassembled, sand blasted, and repainted and new weather-proof seats were installed.
A new gravel base was established and the bleachers reassembled. Upon graduation, Martin plans to attend college to study mechanical engineering and begin a career in automobile design.
Galbraith, 18, is the son of Trisha Galbraith of Shalersville and Raymond Galbraith of Nelson.
A senior at Crestwood High, the honor roll student is a member of the concert choir. Galbraith has been named to Whos Who Among American High School Students for the past two years.
He has been involved in Scouting for 10 years, holding many leadership roles including assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, senior patrol leader and junior assistant Scout master.
His Eagle Scout project was to collect new stuffed animals and toys from the community to be distributed to the Cleveland Clinics Childrens Hospital during the holiday season. He collected so many toys that the hospital has kept some in storage for future patients and distributed others to Faith Evangelical Free Church of Windhams Loving Tree project. Upon graduation, Galbraith might join the U.S. Marines and wants to stay involved with his troop as a leader.
Gray is the son of Fred and Kim Gray of Garrettsville.
He has held many leadership roles with the troop, including assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, senior patrol leader and junior assistant Scout master. For his Eagle Scout project, he held a blood drive at the Hiram Fire Station.
He collected 26 pints of blood that will be used throughout Northeastern Ohio. He graduated from James A. Garfield High School in 2002 with a 3.2 grade point average. He played football all four years and lettered in three of those years.
Gray currently attends Kent State University but is planning to transfer to Ohio University next semester to major in nursing.