William McClory earns Eagle Scout status

By Mary Louise Ruehr Published:

William R. McClory, 18, of Kent has received the rank of Eagle Scout. He is the son of Daniel and Susan McClory of Kent.

A member of Troop No. 257, sponsored by Christ Episcopal Church in Kent, Will completed the requirements for his Eagle rank on Aug. 28.

His Eagle Court of Honor was held recently at the Masonic Lodge in Kent. Marco Condos, assistant Scoutmaster, acted as master of ceremonies, and the presentation of the Eagle award was done by Scoutmaster Daniel McClory.

Will presented Eagle Scout Mentor pins to his uncle, Tom McClory, to Marco Condos, and to Dr. David Yaniglos, to recognize their help and encouragement during his Scouting career.

Will joined the Scouts in first grade, when he became a Tiger Cub with Pack No. 3254 at Davey Elementary School in Kent.

Originally, he was interested in archery and making Pinewood Derby cars.

He continued in Cub Scouts through elementary school, completing his Arrow of Light award in fifth grade and crossing over to Troop 257.

For his Eagle project, Will completed a pedestrian bridge for Portage Industries.

The planning for the bridge took about six months of elapsed time, and the main construction work took place over two weekends.

Will worked on his project with Assistant Scoutmaster Marco Condos, who is employed by Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Portage Industries.

"The Kent Masons graciously permitted us to use their Lodge for the presentation and conducted a tour for the invited guests," said Will. "A special thank-you to the Giles family of Kent, who lent us help every step of the way."

Will is a senior enrolled in the Six District Compact Engineering Academy at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent.

He enjoys chemistry and physics, as well as the manufacturing technology coursework.

He enjoys watching lacrosse and participating in cross-country. Will's No. 1 movie is "District 9," and his favorite book is "American Gods" by Neil Gaiman.

Will said his immediate plans include keeping his grades up, applying for college and scholarships, and graduating.

He hopes to get an internship for the summer through the Engineering Academy.

He plans to study engineering in college and has applied to several colleges, including the University of Akron, the University of Michigan, and Carnegie Mellon.

Will's family is active in Scouting, as his father, Daniel McClory, is his Scoutmaster; his cousin, Sean McClory of Columbus, is an Eagle Scout; and his uncle, Tom McClory of Dayton, is an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop No. 320 as well as being an Eagle Scout. His brother, Harry, is a Life Scout with Troop No. 257 and served as their mother's escort at the Eagle Court of Honor; Will's cousin, Calvin McClory of Cincinnati, also is a Scout.

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