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Gottfried earns Eagle Scout

Sam Gottfried has been in Scouts for 12 years, and his time and work has culminated into his Eagle Scout Board of Review this fall. This is the highest rank within the Boy Scouts of America, and involves earning merit badges, serving in leadership roles, and organizing and completing a community service project. While the exact percentage of scouts who earn the rank of Eagle is a bit elusive, it is generally reported as around 6%. It is an uncommon achievement.

In his time with Troop 231, he has earned 37 merit badges, participated in countless community service projects, and organized and completed an Eagle Scout service project which included several improvements to the Marietta Community Dog Park. He is also very involved in youth group and local rotary, serves as Student Body President, and works with other school and civic organizations. He is a senior at Marietta High School, and has four classmates from his troop who will also be earning their Eagle Scout ranks this year.

He met with the volunteer group for the Marietta Community Dog Park and discussed their needs. They decided on the following list: a sign, drainage for area that floods, grass seed, batboxes to help with mosquitos, bulletin board, and hooks for leashes.

He had to get approval from his scout troop as well as from city council. He attended a city council meeting and presented the project, and worked with city employees to get the proper approvals while he moved forward with the improvements. He is the son of James and Diane Gottfried of Devola.

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