Powell earns Eagle Scout rank

William Lane Powell IV, 14, will celebrate his Eagle Scout rank with a ceremony Friday.

He began his trail to Eagle Scout as a Tiger Cub in Harker Heights with Cub Scout Pack 274 in 2005. As a fifth-grader and a Webelo Scout with Cub Scout Pack 255, he earned the highest award possible as a Cub Scout, the Arrow of Light.

In March 2010, he bridged up to Boy Scouts when he joined Longhorn Council Troop 255 in Harker Heights and was sponsored by St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church.

An active participant in Troop 255 activities, Powell earned his Tenderfoot Rank in July 2010 followed by his Second Class and First Class ranks in November and December 2010.

He became a Star Scout in September 2011 and a Life Scout in March. Powell reached his goal Dec. 14 when he passed his Eagle Board of Review.

Along the trail to Eagle he earned 43 merit badges; he became National Youth Leadership Training qualified in July of 2012. Powell has been a member of the troop leadership, serving as a Patrol Leader, Chaplain’s Aide, and currently serving as Senior Patrol Leader.

He was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America, as an Ordeal member in May 2010. He continues on the path to becoming a Brotherhood member.

For his Eagle Scout project, he recruited and led Scouts and volunteers to provide customer service and labor for the Killeen Friends of the Library citywide book sale. The funds generated from this sale benefit the summer reading program.

Powell attends Eastern Hills Middle School where he is a member of the band, football and track teams.

His long-term goal is to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

He is the son of William and Marlene Powell of Harker Heights.

Gartland earns Eagle Scout rank

Ryan Gartland, a freshman at Harker Heights High School, passed an Eagle Board of Review on Dec. 14, achieving his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout during the 100th anniversary year of Eagle Scouts.

Gartland started his Scouting adventure in 2004 with Pack 255 in Harker Heights. He continued with the pack and earned his Arrow of Light prior to crossing over to Troop 255, in Harker Heights in 2009.

He completed National Youth Leadership Training last spring and became a member of the Order of the Arrow in May. He enjoys Scouting and has earned 50 merit badges while progressing through the ranks to Eagle. He has attended multiple summer camps with the troop as well as a trip to Northern Tier High Adventure Base, and is looking forward to a High Adventure trip to Florida Sea Base this summer.

Gartland also is involved in school activities and clubs, including athletics and the Harker Heights Red Brigade Band where he plays clarinet.

A ceremony is planned in early March to commemorate his achievement.

He is the son of Sheila Boettcher and Michael Gartland, both of Harker Heights.

Contact M. Clare Haefner at chaefner@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7551.

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