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Riverbend student earns Eagle award


 Andrew Ross refurbished a physical fitness course for his Eagle service project.
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Date published: 11/4/2012

FROM STAFF REPORTS

A sophomore at Riverbend High School is the latest Eagle Scout with Boy Scout Troop 171, a troop chartered by Spotsylvania Presbyterian Church.

Andrew Ross, 15, accompanied by his mother and stepfather, sister, stepsister and fellow troop members, received his award at a Court of Honor earlier this year at the church.

Eagle Scout is the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America.

John Wiltenmuth, assistant scoutmaster with Troop 171, led the ceremony.

Andrew received his Eagle Charge and Eagle Scout Challenge from Randy Wilson, Chartered Organization Representative and Mattaponi District Commissioner.

He received a U.S. flag that had flown over the Capitol in Washington from the office of Sen. Mark Warner, and a state flag that had flown over the Capitol in Richmond from the office of Del. Mark Cole.

Amanda Blalock, the Lee Hill District representative on the Spotsylvania County School Board, was a guest speaker.

Andrew began Scouting with Cub Scout Pack 171, then moved up to Troop 171.

In the troop, Andrew's highlights include 57 nights of camping, 94 miles of hiking and 181 hours of community service.

He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and has served the troop in various leadership positions. He currently is junior assistant scoutmaster.

For his Eagle community service project, Ross refurbished a physical fitness course at Courthouse Road Elementary School. The original fitness course was built by another Eagle Scout from Troop 171, Robert Mitchell, 16 years ago and was in need of many repairs. Andrew and Robert are stepbrothers.

At Riverbend, Ross is an honor roll student and plays trumpet in the Emerald Sound & Guard. After high school, Ross wants to attend Virginia Tech.