Award marks Boy Scouts' highest rank

Thomas G. Haynie and Sterling Garrett Standring were named Eagle Scouts, the highest rank of the Boy Scouts of America, by Troop 66 and officials in Boy Scouting on Jan. 1 at a Court of Honor Ceremony held at the L.D.S. Church Cultural Hall in Crescent City.

Haynie started in Scouting with Troop 66 as a 12-year-old and worked his way up through the six ranks in the Scouting program: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star Rank, Life Rank, and finally Eagle.

In the process he had to earn at least 21 merit badges, including Communications, First Aid, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the Community, Emergency Preparedness, Personal Management, Environmental Science, Camping, Family Life, Hiking, Personal Fitness, Citizenship in the World, plus nine other elective merit badges.

Besides Merit badges, an Eagle Scout has to plan, organize and supervise the completion of a major service project. Haynie's project involved the organizing and implementing of a community Blood Drive. He enlisted the help of other Scouts to do the signups and paperwork and then encouraged individuals (as well as himself) to come and give the gift of life at the Blood Drive, which was held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is also the chartering organization for Troop 66 (Crescent City 1st Ward).

Haynie attended and graduated from Del Norte High School. He is taking classes at College of the Redwoods. He has been active in his church youth group as well as scouting. He continues to enjoy hiking and camping due to his involvement in the scouting program. He also has taken piano lessons and helps out in a family cement and concrete construction business.

Haynie is the son of Walter and Kristina Haynie and is the third son in his family to earn the rank of Eagle Scout after his brothers Joseph and Talon.

Sterling Garrett Standring, a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 66, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and was formally presented with this highest rank of Scouting at a Court of Honor held on Jan. 1 at the LDS Church Cultural Hall in Crescent City.

Standring passed his Board of Review to become an Eagle Scout on Aug. 10 in Eureka. He became a Boy Scout at age 11 with Troop 66 of the Redwood Empire Council in Crescent City in 1999. Prior to that, he had achieved the andquot;Arrow of Light,andquot; the highest honor for Cub Scouts, at the culmination of four years of Cub Scouting as a Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scout.

As a Boy Scout, Standring completed all six rank advancements and earned the BSA Lifeguard Certification along with 23 Merit Badges in the following areas: Lifesaving, Personal Fitness, Sports, Public Speaking, Climbing, Pioneering, Communications, Small Boat Sailing, Swimming, Wood Carving, Indian Lore, Canoeing, Rowing, First Aid, Camping, Family Life, Environmental Science, Personal Management, Art, Fingerprinting, and Citizenship in the Community, Nation, and World.

He also earned a Fifty Miler Hiking Award and won the andquot;Ironmanandquot; Athletic Competition Award at Camp Baker Scout Camp. He earned the Religious Award andquot;Duty to Godandquot; as well.

Standring is well-known in Del Norte County as being the Football All-League MVP for Offense as a wide receiver his senior year of high school (and a White Star recipient) and co-captain of the first undefeated League Championship high school football team in Del Norte County history in 2005.

He also was a four-year letterman in varsity baseball and All-League White Star recipient, plus a 2-year letterman in Basketball and Honorable Mention All-League starter on the 2005 League Championship team. He was awarded Del Norte High's Most Outstanding Male Athlete Award and Scholarship his senior year. He also received the football team's Scholar-Athlete award for highest grade point average three of his four years of high school, graduating with a 3.9 GPA overall and a 4-year membership in the Calif-ornia Scholarship Federation, and AP Honors in four subjects.

Aside from his athletic and scouting pursuits, Standring was the senior class president of Del Norte High, a 4-year member of the auditioned Madrigal Choir and a 3-year trombonist with the auditioned Stage Band, held leadership positions in his Church Youth Group, swam with Crescent City's swim team, and volunteered as a youth basketball coach.

Standring's Eagle Scout Service Project involved planning and construction of a life-sized Redwood Tree and Display for the non-profit North Coast Nature Center on 2nd Street in Crescent City. This involved supervision of 16 people and more than 100 man-hours of labor.

Standring is the third son in his family to earn the Eagle Scout award, after his brothers James and Jason, with whom he rooms as a freshman in college now at Brigham Young University. He is the son of Jim and Lori Standring and is an older brother to four younger siblings as well, also involved in Scouting programs.

His Troop 66 is chartered by the Crescent City 1st Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

- Triplicate staff