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Benjamin Walz earns Eagle Scout Award

Benjamin Walz, age 18, of Ellsworth, has earned the Eagle Scout Award, the highest advancement rank within the Boy Scouts of America. Photo courtesy of Randy & Sue Walz1 / 2
Benjamin Walz, 18, of Ellsworth, earned the Eagle Scout Award thanks to his hard work on a fitness center at Ellsworth Middle School. Photo courtesy of Randy & Sue Walz2 / 2

Submitted by Randy & Sue Walz

Benjamin Walz, age 18, of Ellsworth, has earned the Eagle Scout Award, the highest advancement rank within the Boy Scouts of America.

Walz will be recognized in ceremonies at 2 p.m. March 25, 2018 at the Ellsworth Middle School cafeteria.

A member of Troop 138, sponsored jointly by the American Legion Post 204 and the Ellsworth Fire Department, Walz is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, according to Troop 138's Scoutmaster, and his father, Randy Walz.

Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a significant service project benefitting his community, faith organization or school demonstrating leadership in order to earn his Eagle rank. Walz chose to install outdoor physical fitness equipment at the middle school, located just north of the Klaas-Jonas swimming pool, not only because it provides a space for middle school students to exercise during the school day, but also because it allows the community at large to benefit. Walz coordinated his work on the project with Middle School Principal Jon Dodge.

Dodge states, "I was so impressed by the maturity and judgment that Eagle Scout candidate Ben Walz displayed as he worked on our fitness center project. Throughout the entire process Ben was punctual when meeting deadlines, forthcoming when faced with challenges, and a creative problem solver. On top of that, Ben always looked me in the eye when speaking to me. Those skills, which I know he picked up from good upbringing and scouting, will take him far in life. Our fitness center is used on a daily basis by literally hundreds of students during recess and by youngsters at the pool in the summer. I am very proud of what Ben accomplished for Ellsworth Middle School."

During his Scouting career, Walz has served as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Chaplain Aide, and most recently served as Den Chief to Pack 3 out of Bay City. He additionally has served on staff at Tomahawk Scout Reservation for the past three summers and the past two winters. Walz joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Spielberg, and the former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

Walz is a member of Zion Covenant Church and a Senior at Ellsworth High School where he is active in concert band, jazz band, as manager of the varsity football team, videographer for the girls' basketball team, and a member of the National Honor Society.

He is the son of Randy and Sue Walz, also of Ellsworth.