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Posted: Sunday, June 16, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 8:07 am, Wed Aug 7, 2013.

Clark earns Eagle Scout award

Ian M. Clark, a Boy Scout in Harker Heights Troop 255, received his Eagle Scout award during a Court of Honor ceremony at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church on May 18.

Ian is the son of Scott Clark and Christine Messing of Killeen.

For his Eagle Scout project, Ian erected a series of interpretive trail signs identifying native plants on one of the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreational Area nature trails. He directed the construction of the wooden sign holders and the informational plates, as well as planning the location of the sign series over a one-quarter mile segment of the trail. Ian’s signs identified Texas Red Oak, Prickly Pear cactus, Pale Yucca, and other indigenous plants on the trail that overlooks Belton Lake.

Troop 255 is sponsored by St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish in Harker Heights. Prior to joining the Boy Scout troop, Ian was active in Cub Scout Pack 229, also in Harker Heights.

Ian completed the Boy Scouts of America Northern Tier high adventure program in 2011. In 2010, Ian attended the centennial Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia.

Ian is a graduating senior at Ellison High School. He will be attending Texas State Technical College in the fall for a degree in computer game and interactive media design programming.

CTC aviation wins national competition

For the second consecutive year, Central Texas College Aviation Flight Team earned championship honors among two-year schools at the 2013 National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference event held recently at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The competition featured four two-year and 25 four-year schools and other aviation training schools competing in a series of flight and landing events. CTC finished 11th overall in the nation — improving from 14th place last year. The team also placed sixth overall in the flight events and 18th in the ground events.

CTC pilots placed 13th in the Judges’ Trophy competition, which is based on the overall participation of a team’s individual members, and third in the Competition Safety category.

Individual honors were won by Mason Ross, who placed 15th in the National Top Pilot Award category and finished as the 29th highest point scorer of all the male contestants (31st overall). Other top finishers were Austin Boney (19th, 21st overall), Bryan Glover (27th, 29th overall), Robert Lewis (88th, 96th overall) and George Anderson and Robert Mazyrack, co-captain, tied (102nd, 110th overall). Killian Brooks was named the team’s outstanding team member.

The CTC team was coached by Michael Hutyra, assistant chief flight instructor, and advisers Tim Hulon and David Peters. Team members were Max Wiener (co-captain), Mazyrack, Anderson, Boney, Brooks, Glover, Alexander Grzelecki, Lewis, Redi Neziri, Ross, David Smith and Michael Steele.

Sanna-Belle Wheeler wins state Sunburst pageant

Sanna-Belle Wheeler of Killeen, 9, was crowned “Queen,” the overall winner, for the state of Texas at the Sunburst State Pageant in Houston over Memorial Day weekend.

Millie Reeves, her mother, won the Mom’s title.

As overall top talent, the 9-year-old sang “Castle on the Cloud” from “Les Miserables.”

Her dance solo was choreographed by Alden Manongdo, director of Dance Works Plus, where she is a member of the junior dance team.

The third-grade student was required to give a speech about herself and what she stood for.

A few of the categories she won include: composite, portfolio, photogenic, model search, prettiest smile, party wear and silly snapshot.

Both mother and daughter will be competing in the nationals competition scheduled for Aug. 1-4 in Atlanta, Ga.

One of 15 students from Haynes Elementary School to compete in the Science Olympian, Sanna-Belle aspires to be a veterinarian and a dance instructor.

Her brother, Ian, 12, is a sixth-grade student at Eastern Hills Middle School.

Both Ian and Sanna-Belle landed parts in “Pinocchio” presented by the Missoula International Children’s Theatre Tour on Saturday at Vive Les Arts Theatre in Killeen.

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