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Around Our Town...Casper's Cool Kids - Leland Hepworth

05/01/2005 - Seventh grader Leland Hepworth, age 13, son of Connie and George Hepworth, was awarded the Boy Scouts of America's highest award, the rank of Eagle, on April 1, 2005. Leland is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and part of troop 535.

Unit leader Spike Smith serves as Master of Ceremony at the Court of Honor. J.B. Shreve and Nick Smith provided the invocation and benediction.

Leland's Scout History and Trail to Eagle was presented by Kendall Jacobs. The Eagle Charge and Oath was administered by Spike Smith. Leland's grandpa, Leland Bertagnole, presented the Eagle Award and also the Bronze Palm. Letters of reconition, awards, and a flag that was flown over the Wyoming State capitol in honor of Leland were presented by Scoutmaster and father, George Hepworth.

In advancing to Eagle Scout, he earned 40 merit badges, including the 21 that are required. Leland also served in a variety of leadership roles in his troop 535.

His Eagle Service Project at Fort Caspar Academy involved relabeling 1,650 books in the school's library. The project took 143 hours of labor, 36 hours of which were Leland's. He led several other people to complete the project.

His other scouting accomplishments include the Arrow of Light, and the religious BSA award, "On my Honor."

Leland attends Casper Classical Academy where he maintains above a 4.0 grade point average. He also received the "Presidential Award" for earning straight "A's" during a three year period from Fort Caspar Academy.

There is a legacy of scouting in the Hepworth family as Leland's faither, George Hepworth, is also an Eagle Scout.

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