Avery VanOverbeke of Milbank has earned the highest award the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) confers on its scouts — Eagle Scout. He will be recognized during a ceremony on Sunday, October 22, at 2 p.m. at American Lutheran Church. Everyone is invited to attend.
According to scoutmaster Jeff Loutsch, VanOverbeke is one of approximately six percent of all Boy Scouts of America who attain the Eagle Scout rank. To earn Life Rank, the candidate, must have earned 21 merit badges (14 of which are Eagle merit badges) and must have successfully led and completed a community or church-related service project.
VanOverbeke chose to design and build a fence and a directory at American Lutheran Cemetery north of Milbank on Highway 15. He also served as quartermaster, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, and senior patrol leader in his troop. He is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow — BSA’s honor society– and has completed National Youth Leadership training.
VanOverbeke, a senior at MHS, is also active in his church, oral interp, band, track, and theater. He is the son of Lacy (Paul) Thiele and Travis VanOverbeke.