Archive for Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Three Tonganoxie teenagers achieve Eagle Scout rankings

May 25, 2005

Three Tonganoxie youths, all recent high school graduates, have completed requirements for yet another degree.

After this week, Larry Purvis, Steven Lundberg and Kennith Frevele will have received their Eagle Scout rankings.

Purvis, who lives in Tonganoxie with his aunt, Alice Purvis, participated in his Eagle Scout ceremony on April 3 at Jarbalo United Methodist Church, where his aunt is pastor.

His Eagle Scout project improved the play area behind the church. Purvis cut down an old mulberry tree near a swing set. He made a table out of the stump. Then he put telephone poles on the ground to border the play area, and filled the interior of it with pea gravel.

Purvis, who graduated from Turner High School last week, plans to further his education at Kansas City Kansas Community College where he will major in music. Though he plays piano and guitar, his primary interest is the organ. Eventually, Purvis said, he would like to transfer to another college and work toward a master's degree in music.

While in high school he worked at Mo's Pizza and Bichelmeyer's Steakhouse.

Learning from Scouting

Lundberg and Frevele will receive their Eagle degrees in a 1 p.m. Saturday ceremony at the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church.

Lundberg said he learned about the Eagle Scout ranking when he was young.

"My dad told me that Eagle rank is the highest rank and I told him I'll go for it and here I am," Lundberg said.

Lundberg's two Scout leaders were Mike Henre, who was assisted by his wife, Nancy Henre, and later, Bobby Kissinger.

His years in Scouting have provided plenty of experiences, Lundberg said. He recalled attending Camp Jayhawk, his first camp, in 1998. He was 12, the trip was fun, but on the last day he was homesick.

And, Scouting has been educational in various ways, he said.

"I've learned so much in Scouting," Lundberg said, explaining his training dealt with emergency situations as well as living situations.

For instance, in first aid, he learned how to treat people when they are injured, as well as identifying sicknesses.

And in living situations studies, he learned such simple matters as balancing a checkbook and budgeting.

"It just means a great deal to me," Lundberg said. "I use those skills every day. There's so much more to Scouting that people don't believe it."

For Lundberg's Eagle Scout project, he striped the parking lot of the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church.

Lundberg, who attends the Area Technical School in Kansas City, Kan., is the son of Steve Vernon and Teresa Reichart-Vernon, Tonganoxie, and of John and Alicia Lundberg, Harrisonville, Mo.

For the past two years, Lundberg has worked at B&J Country Mart grocery in Tonganoxie.

At the technical school, Lundberg is studying computer repair. He has one more year before finishing that program, after which he plans to earn a degree at a four-year college.

Learning leadership

Frevele's Eagle Scout project also involved work at Tonganoxie's United Methodist Church.

Frevele, the son of Joe Frevele of rural Tonganoxie, spruced up the area around the church's air-conditioning unit.

He removed weeds and grass, installed plastic weed barrier cloth, and added lava rock. Then, Frevele removed an old fence, replacing it with a new one.

Frevele and Lundberg helped each other on their projects.

Frevele, who enjoys working on cars, attends the Area Technical School in Kansas City, Kan., where he's studying multimedia production. He's been working at Sonic drive-in for a year.

Frevele said he started in Cub Scouts when he was in kindergarten and has been involved in Scouting since. He said he realized he wanted to complete his Eagle degree when he reached the ranking of Life Scout.

He credits his father for keeping him motivated.

"I was really close," Frevele said. "If I didn't finish it, later on, I knew I would probably be mad at myself."

Frevele said he appreciates the Eagle Scout program, as well as an added benefit of achieving the Eagle badge.

"It showed me more leadership qualities," Frevele said.

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