The Sioux Council of the Boy Scouts of America announced Zachariah Ringsaker, a senior at MHS, has achieved Scouting’s highest honor — the Eagle Scout Award. The rank of Eagle is earned by less than five percent of all youth who join Boy Scouts.
Everyone is invited to attend the ceremony to honor Zachariah on Saturday, March 11, at 9 a.m. at the American Lutheran Church in Milbank. Zachariah is a member of Troop 45; his Scoutmaster is Jeff Loutsch. He is the son of Jodi (Jason) Doucette.
In order to achieve the rank of Eagle, Zachariah was required to earn 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership by planning, developing, and completing a service project for his community. He chose to install additional concrete flag holders in the Milbank City Cemetery. The new flag holders will be of particular benefit to American Legion Post 9 when they display American flags during Memorial Day weekend.
Hasslen Construction aided Zachariah by providing heavy equipment help for the removal of several storm-damaged holders. The replacement of the damaged holders was added to his original project, and the entire project was completed on October 9, 2022.
In addition to Scouting, Zachariah is involved in church activities, including the youth group, at Calvary Assembly of God. He has been active in theater, band, wrestling, choir, and student council and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has taken lessons and played the piano for 10 years and serves as a lifeguard and swim instructor at Unity Health and Fitness. After graduation, Zachariah plans to attend Trinity Bible College and Graduate School in Ellendale, North Dakota, to study pastoral ministry.
Troop 45 was chartered by the American Lutheran Church of Milbank. It is supported in part by Grant County Combined Appeal.