LIMA — Shawnee High School student Kurtis Swygart joined Cub Scouts eight years ago and began rising through the ranks quickly.
That rise culminated Nov. 6 when Kurtis was honored with the Eagle Scout designation.
Swygart earned his Eagle Scout through hard work. He has served as patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, historian, librarian and quartermaster. He earned 42 merit badges along the way.
For his project to earn the honor, he built a waste receptacle at the Allen County Dog Warden Dog Park.
“Originally I wanted to build a foot bridge, but I couldn’t find a place,” Kurtis said. “I saw the dog park and thought about doing something there. They gave me a list of ideas and this was one of the ideas on there.”
Kurtis said the receptacle will allow for dog waste and trash to be stored in a dry environment that will also help keep animals out. The project took him about two months to complete, and he was given a resolution of appreciation from the Allen County commissioners for his handiwork.
Kurtis, 15, and a freshman, is an A-B student. He was a member of the Shawnee Golf team this past season. He also enjoys playing guitar and skiing. Some of his favorite activities include the outdoors, fishing, camping, gardening and searching for arrowheads.
After school, he is thinking of a career in business administration and is considering joining the Air Force.
Kurtis is the son of Tony and Kimberly Swygart and has two elder brothers and an elder sister.
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