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Hopper receives Eagle Scout Award

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Roger Hopper, 18, Forked River, N.J., received his Eagle Scout award in a Court of Honor ceremony June 21, at the Forked River Tuna Club, Forked River, N.J.

Roger is the son of 1983 Staunton High School graduate Kelly Glidden Hopper, and 1985 Indiana State University graduate Greg Hopper. Roger Hopper's grandparents, Bill and Joanne Glidden, own Glidden Furniture, Terre Haute.

The award was presented by Frank Applegate, Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 522, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

Eagle Scout Mark Mrozinski was emcee, and serving as honor guard were Eagle Scout Brian Applegate, Troop 522, and Eagle Scout Brian Moore, Troop 56.

Other participants in the ceremony were brothers Andrew Hopper, Troop 156, and Kipp Hopper, Troop 42.

Hopper began as a Cub Scout with Pack 522 in 1997, advancing through the ranks of Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos. He earned the God and Family award and the Arrow of Light before bridging into Boy Scouts in 2002.

On the road to Eagle, Hopper earned 32 merit badges. He held the leadership positions of assistant patrol leader and troop guide.

For his Eagle project, Hopper led a crew of scouting volunteers in marking storm drains as "Drains to Bay." He marked approximately 250 drains with plastic medallions and stenciled spray paint. Supplies were provided by the Lacey Township Public Works Department. The project was mandated by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and therefore saved the Township of Lacey money by having volunteers perform the task.

Hopper is a 2009 graduate of Lacey Township High School. He was fifth in his class, earning a grade-point average of 4.79. He earned varsity letters in cross country and track all four years of high school, along with varsity letters in indoor track three years. He was active in Student Government Association, National Honor Society, Interact, Physics Club and Math Team.

Hopper will attend the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., in the fall. He plans to study medicine.

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