Opperman achieves rank of Eagle Scout
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[June 12, 2012]
Sam Opperman, a junior at
Lincoln Community High School, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with
Lincoln Boy Scout Troop 1102. He was honored at an Eagle Scout Court of
Honor May 12 at Zion Lutheran Church.
Scoutmaster Robert Cox presented Sam
with his Eagle Badge, and Cpl. James Harnacke of the Marine Corps
League presented him with the Good Citizenship Award during the
Court of Honor.
the Scouting program in first grade as a Tiger Cub. He continued in
Cub Scouts, then Boy Scouts, where he earned 45 merit badges on his
way to Eagle Scout.
Sam completed his Eagle service
project at Zion Lutheran School. Through the generosity of the
members of Zion Lutheran Church, school and the Lincoln community,
Sam led his troop in landscaping the entrance to the school,
assembling and mounting two heavy-gauge steel benches, and mounting
a cross salvaged during the renovation of Zion Lutheran Church. The
troop also mounted two outdoor basketball poles, backboards and
Sam has participated in the
National Youth Leadership training at Ingersoll Scout Reservation,
served in numerous leadership roles for his troop, backpacked
through the mountains of the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and
the mountains of the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch in Colorado. He has
also walked from New Salem to Springfield six times with his troop
during the Lincoln Pilgrimage. He also received the Order of the
Arrow, reaching Brotherhood designation.
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Samuel is the son of David and Stephanie Opperman
of Lincoln. His grandparents are Ruth Opperman and the late George V. Opperman
of Lincoln and Bobetta Kolbus and the late Raymond Kolbus of Normal.