Boy Scout Troop 528 of Davenport shared a special night with fellow Boy Scout Zachary Tyler Gress on August 28, 2018 at the Loughman Civic Center, as Zachary was officially awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievable rank in scouting. Zachary was honored with his Court of Honor ceremony with Troop 528 scouts, leaders, district leaders, family, and friends in attendance to help him celebrate this milestone in his life.
Only 2 percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process and completion of an Eagle Community Service Project. The requirements to achieve this rank take years to complete and include earning at least 21 merit badges.
Zachary, the eighteen year old son of proud parents Robert & Sherrie Gress, earned 28 merit badges and has been involved in scouting for six years. His Eagle project benefited the very needy animals at the Humane Society of Polk County, FL. This project could not have been possible without troop leaders Lanette Edwards and Chris Duran, fellow scouts and their parents, his flight instructor Howard Nock, his dad, mom, and sister Gabrielle, and friends and other scout leaders.
Zachary started college at age 16 and is currently attending Polk State College, carrying straight A’s. He just obtained his private pilot license and is applying to fly helicopters in the Army. He has hopes of being accepted into Officer Candidate School for the Army. Zachary wants to continue to help in his troop and with the cub scouts using the leadership skills he has learned in Boy Scouts.