On Sunday, October 8, 2017 Boy Scout Troop 220 held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor to recognize ten new Eagle Scouts: J.T. Truman, Brock Lane, Eli Mendenhall, Ryan McCain, Austin Harrell, Jackson Studer, Jacob Harris, Ben Boyle, Parker Mendenahll and Jonathan Marszalek.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. It is quite an accomplishment considering that the Boy Scouts of America reports that only about 7% of young men who enter the Scouting program attain Eagle.
To attain the Eagle Scout rank a Scout must work his way through the first five ranks by learning skills such as camping, first aid, and personal fitness. He must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, provide leadership to his troop, and plan and execute a community service project.
Jonathan is the son of Jacob and Deborah Marszalek. He is 15 and a sophomore at Lee’s Summit High School and on the principal's honor roll. His involvement with AFJROTC will lead him to a leadership role as Public Affairs officer in the spring. He is also involved in Drill and Color Guard teams and participates in Honor Guard as well. Jonathan’s hobbies include Gaming Club at school, collecting medieval arms and armor, skateboarding and crafts.
He is an Ordeal in the Order of the Arrow and in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say he is known as Pale Glowing Sun. Jonathan's high adventure trips include Philmont in Cimmaron, NM and Okpik in Ely, MN where “Zack and I didn't build our snow shelter very well and half our bodies stuck out, every time we moved snow fell on our faces. Good times.”
For his Eagle Scout project he organized the building of picnic tables for the LSR7 school district for the Special Education Department, who help transition high schools students to independent living.
After high school he plans to join the US Marine Corp, possibly through the Naval Academy.