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Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 8:05 am, Wed Aug 7, 2013.

Three members of Troop 287 earn Eagle Scout rank

Three members of Boy Scout Troop 287 in Killeen recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

David Devers, the third son of Glen and Naomi Devers of Killeen, earned his Eagle Scout rank Nov. 12. His Eagle Court of Honor was March 9 at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Killeen.

Devers participated in several treks at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., where he served as trek leader on his second trip. His leadership positions include that of senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader, and scribe for Troop 287. Devers hiked more than 50 miles earning the 50-Miler patch in September, and he also participated in his Order of the Arrow Ordeal in May.

Devers’ Eagle Scout service project consisted of renovating the Killeen Food Care Center. His team of 16 Scouts and six adult leaders installed drywall and shelving in the storage area, repaired walls damaged by shopping carts, installed fiber reinforced plastic panels, and filled, spackled and painted the walls.

He plans to attend Lamar University pursuing a degree in the environmental field with a goal of applying his education toward the ethical use and protection of our natural resources.

Two of his brothers also achieved Boy Scout of America’s highest rank.

  • David Pace, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Pace of Killeen, earned his Eagle Scout rank Jan. 3. His Eagle Court of Honor was March 9 at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Killeen.

Pace participated in one trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M. His leadership positions included that of senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, patrol leader, and scribe for Troop 287.

His Eagle Scout service project consisted of building a bird observation and picnic area at the Corps of Engineers Chalk Ridge Falls Park at Stillhouse Hollow Lake. The project’s goal was to provide patrons to the park the opportunity to view the smaller, more evasive birds of the area including the cardinal and thrush.

He attends Shoemaker High School in Killeen.

  • James M. Wicker, son of James and Karen Wicker of Killeen, earned his Eagle Scout rank Jan. 3. His Eagle Court of Honor will be April 27 at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Killeen.

Wicker participated in one trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M., in 2010. His leadership positions include that of junior assistant scout master, senior patrol leader, quartermaster, patrol leader, and librarian for Troop 287. He attended National Youth Leadership Training in summer 2011.

His Eagle Scout service project benefitted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Belton Dam and consisted of repairing 100 feet of rail fence and refurbishing the Miller Springs Nature Center sign in Belton.

Wicker currently attends Shoemaker High School in Killeen. He is a fourth year cadet in Shoemaker High School JROTC as battalion S-6 (Systems Officer). He attended JCLC Phantom Warrior in 2012, and obtained the rank of cadet captain. He plans to attend Central Texas College in the fall and major in computer science/engineering with the goal of working for USCYBERCOM.

He is currently an assistant scout master for Boy Scout Troop 287.

CTC music professor earns national honor

Celinda Hallbauer, music professor at Central Texas College, was recently honored by the Music Teachers National Association as an MTNA Foundation Fellow at the recent 2013 MTNA National Conference. Hallbauer is a nationally-certified teacher of music and teaches music fundamentals, theory appreciation and piano. She holds a bachelor of music degree from the University of Texas at Austin and master of music degree from Baylor University.

Within MTNA, Hallbauer has served as the organization’s director of its South Central Division, chairwoman of the College Faculty Forum, member of the group’s State Syllabus Task Force and is currently MTNA secretary-treasurer.

She also currently serves as the Texas Music Teachers Association public relations/marketing chairwoman and trustee.

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