Evan Shenk receives his Eagle Scout rank
Hempfield High School senior Evan Shenk, of Mountville, saw a pressing need for the school's opening band festival.
So Shenk led an effort to build six signs for the Hempfield Marching Knights' annual festival, and he spent many hours raising funds, buying materials and leading 15 other Boy Scouts and leaders in the work.
For his effort, Shenk has been awarded the highest honor in scouting, the Eagle Scout award.
The signs were unveiled in August 2012 as the Marching Knights prepared for their festival.
Shenk performed the project as a member of Troop 349 in Mountville. He is the son of Dale and Robin Shenk.
Since he's now 18, he's no longer a scout, serving as an assistant scoutmaster with the troop.
Shenk began his scouting career as a Tiger Cub with Pack 37 in Landisville, where he earned Cub scouting's highest award, the Arrow of Light.
As a Boy Scout, he also was a member of the Order of the Arrow and held various leadership positions with Troop 349, including quartermaster and senior patrol leader.
In addition to completing 22 merit badges, he also received his 32-Degree patch as well as the 50-Miler Award and the Leave No Trace Award.
Shenk also is involved in "Strive," the youth group at Faith Bible Fellowship Church, 151 Donerville Road.
For four years, he has also been a part of the stage crew at Hempfield, and he hopes to pursue a career in landscaping and business after college.