J. Marek Seaholts, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 252 and the son of J. Mark and Dee Anna Seaholts, earned the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Only 3 to 4 percent of Boy Scout members ever attain this prestigious honor.
Marek, age 16, of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, achieved the 21 merit badges required to receive the Eagle Scout award. Along the way, he earned 12 required merit badges and 13 elective merit badges, served in troop leadership positions for a total of 36 months, and spent at least 40 hours on service projects, not including the many hours he spent on his Eagle Scout service project. In all, he has completed 325 different requirements.
In addition, Marek was nominated and participated in NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training). He was nominated for Order of the Arrow. Marek has earned his five-year Pipestone, part of camp honors at 7Ranges Scout Reservation where the Troop goes to Summer Camp. Marek is the first and only Scout in the Troop to complete both the God and Family AND the God and Church program.
For his final project he planned for, fundraised, and orchestrated the planting of 19 6-foot Norway spruce trees to outline the perimeter of the outdoor chapel of the United Methodist Church of Kent last summer.
A ceremony honoring Marek took place on Jan. 12 at the United Methodist Church of Kent, where 120 family and friends attended despite the ice storm that caused school and road closings. One of the most touching moments of many that evening was when Marek’s grandfather, Gordon B. Seaholts, age 90 and an Eagle Scout from Troop No. 1 in Plymouth, Ohio, in 1943, helped to place Marek’s Eagle Scout kerchief, along with Marek’s sister.
Marek is a member of his church, the United Methodist Church of Kent, a varsity letterman in golf and an honor roll student at Roosevelt.