Terre Haute North Vigo High School senior Jonathon O. Malone and Sullivan High School senior Clinton Dale Zaayer have received Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout.

Malone, 17, is a member of Troop 434, sponsored by Krietenstein Post 104 in the Wabash Valley District.

The son of Ross and Deborah Malone of Terre Haute, Malone earned the rank after demonstrating leadership in his troop, completing the required 21 merit badges plus an additional two and an extensive community service project. Only 4 percent of Scouting’s national membership attains the Eagle rank.

For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Malone refurbished a Civil War-era cemetery (McClintock Cemetery).

He removed hundreds of saplings, installed a drain pipe in a washout of road to the cemetery, installed new chain link fencing around the perimeter, removed a tree that had fallen, landscaped and reset stones that had been broken.

This benefits the local community, genealogists and families of the loved ones buried there.

During his 11 years in Scouting, Malone served his troop as Senior Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Secretary and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. He also is a Brotherhood member of Firecrafter. His Scoutmaster is Dave Price.

Zaayer, 18, is a member of Troop 341, sponsored by First Christian Church in the Wabash Valley District.

The son of Larry and Mary Ann Zaayer of Sullivan, Zaayer earned the rank after demonstrating leadership in his troop, completing the required 21 merit badges plus an additional seven and an extensive community service project.

For his Eagle Scout Service Project Zaayer removed brush, small trees, bushes and vines and made repairs to Mount Calvary Cemetery. Some sites and tombstones formerly covered in brush now are accessible.

During his 12 years in Scouting, Zaayer served his troop as Librarian, Senior Patrol Leader, Instructor and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. His Scoutmaster is Larry Zaayer.

Crossroads of America Council is a United Way agency serving more than 50,000 youth and adults.

The Boy Scouts of America continues to be the nation’s leader in youth development programs that focus on values, physical fitness and citizenship.

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