Ramthum becomes Eagle Scout

Jesse Ramthum celebrated his Eagle Scout rank with a ceremony on Saturday.

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

In March 2008, he bridged up to Boy Scouts when he joined Troop 234.

An active participant in Troop 234 activities, Ramthum earned his Tenderfoot Rank in June 2008 followed by his Second Class and First Class ranks in November 2008.

He became a Star Scout in August 2009 and a Life Scout in April 2010.

Ramthum reached his goal on May 29, when he passed his Eagle Board of Review.

Along the trail to Eagle, he earned 41 merit badges. Ramthum has been a member of the troop leadership, serving as an instructor, den chief, chaplain, patrol leader, troop bugler and senior patrol leader.

He was inducted into the Order of the Arrow, a brotherhood of honor campers, as an Ordeal member in May 2010 and a Brotherhood member in May 2011.

His Eagle project was the reclaiming of campsites and making and placing campsite signs at Camp Arrowhead at Fort Hood.

Ramthum attends Harker Heights High School, where he is a member of the Red Brigade Marching Band as a trumpet player. He is set to graduate in 2015. Ramthum is a member of Trinity Baptist Church, from where he plays guitar in the praise band.

His long-term goal is to graduate college and pursue a career in aviation.

Cavazos joins Cedar Crest Hospital as medical director

Cedar Crest Hospital & RTC is pleased to welcome Dr. Edmund Cavazos III as its new medical director. Cavazos received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. A member of various medical associations, he pursues being a vocal advocate for patient care and patient rights.

A national, state and local guest lecturer on child, adolescent and adult psychiatric topics, Cavazos came to Cedar Crest Hospital as a native Texan, after serving as the medical director for one of the largest behavioral health organizations for the past 20 years.

"We are very pleased to add a leader of such capability to our medical staff," said Ingrid Whipple, Cedar Crest's CEO. "Our patients and staff will benefit from his experience and dedication as well as being a great clinical asset to Central Texas."

Saegert teacher attends NASA summer program in Houston

Kathy Millner, a teacher from Saegert Elementary School in Killeen, was selected from across the nation for the prestigious LiftOff Summer Institute at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Teachers from across the U.S. will increase their knowledge of space education through the LiftOff Professional Development Summer Institute.

LiftOff is a collaborative effort of Texas Space Grant Consortium members and affiliates, NASA and industry. Teachers apply for LiftOff and are selected competitively. The workshops are organized around an aerospace or space science theme drawn from NASA's diverse engineering and scientific research programs. The theme for LiftOff 2012 is Space Innovations and Exploration. The program combines the strengths of collaborators to enrich the teaching and learning of science, mathematics, technology and engineering.

The competitive weeklong institute features a series of workshops, hands-on activities, field trips and presentations by NASA scientists and engineers working on various missions. This is the beginning of a new era in space exploration where NASA will build the capabilities to send humans deeper into space than ever before. NASA will use the International Space Station as a test bed and steppingstone for the challenging journey ahead. Plans are under way to foster a commercial industry that will safely service low Earth orbit so NASA can focus its energy and resources on sending astronauts to an asteroid and eventually to Mars. The road ahead is challenging but this approach and space exploration architecture put the U.S. in a position to go where no human has gone before.

Cagle earns LDRSHIP Award

Grantham University is pleased to announce that Sgt. Chad Cagle of Killeen was one of 11 members of the U.S. military to receive the LDRSHIP Award from the Imagine America Foundation.

Cagle is currently pursuing his associate of arts in multidisciplinary studies and plans to graduate in May 2013. He was nominated for this award by his student adviser, Matthew Hull, because despite multiple deployments and life's twists and turns, Cagle has never lost sight of his goal of earning a degree.

In the award application, Matthew said, "Since Chad's first deployment with the U.S. Army in 2003, he has spent the better part of four and a half years serving in combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a testament to his strength and determination that after all of the combat duty, he has put such an emphasis on completing his education."

The LDRSHIP Award was designed to honor those who have distinguished themselves in the U.S. military as well as in the classroom. Recipients will receive $2,500 in cash grants to use toward college tuition.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants had to attend a college participating in the Imagine America Scholarship and Award Programs and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and at least a 95 percent attendance record.

— Compiled by M. Clare Haefner and Teresa Tankersley

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