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First-Year Student Awarded Eagle Scout Rank for Community Service

August 25, 2005

student park.jpgAugust 25, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - "Chris Goodrich, a graduate of North Central [High School], worked with his family and a family friend for his service project," notes an Indianapolis Star report on seven Boy Scouts who have been awarded the Eagle Scout rank. Goodrich is a first year student and Holton Scholar at DePauw University.

Robert N. Bell III writes that Goodrich "took the advice of his mother -- as well as Kitzi Chotlos, former coordinator of the Special Olympics in Washington Township -- to organize Panther Partners Club at school to raise awareness of opportunities for special needs students. 'We agreed that it would be a big help to the Special Olympics program there, because it would draw a lot more students from the school than there were at the time,' he said. Building the program required Goodrich to get approval from the school plus find a staff member to oversee the club. From there it was on to recruiting, which he feels was a success, as the club had 12-15 regular members by the end of the 2005 school year. Goodrich's project got extra notice from the Scouts. He received the Merle Miller Scholarship, an award given each year to an Eagle for the project that best fulfills the requirements of service."

The newspaper adds, "Goodrich expects to continue his work with the Special Olympics while he attends DePauw University." Read the complete story at the newspaper's Web site.

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