Hickory Ridge High School Graduate Recognized as North Carolina Eagle Scout of the Year

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by WCCB Charlotte

HARRISBURG, N.C. -- A Hickory Ridge High School student was recognized as North Carolina Eagle Scout of The Year for 2014.

Variety of scholarships are offered for eligible Eagle Scouts on State and National levels by the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. To be eligible to win the National Eagle Scout of The Year Award, the Eagle Scout must win their respective State Award.

Trevor Heffner, 18, an Eagle Scout from Troop 49 at Back Creek ARP Church was awarded both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars North Carolina Eagle Scout of the Year Awards for 2014.

Heffner received his American Legion award on Friday, June 13 at the Annual State Convention in Raleigh and the VFW Award at their Annual State Convention in Greensboro on Friday, June 7th.

Trevor became a Centennial Eagle Scout on October 9, 2012. He remained active in Troop 49 earning his Silver Palm and 2nd Bronze Palm in 2013. In addition to his palms, he also received the Brotherhood in the Order of the Arrow and God & Life Award in 2013. He is currently registered as a Venture crew member in Crew 49.

Trevor was nominated by VFW Post 6480 in Cabarrus County and American American Legion Post 287 from Newel, NC.

Heffner said " It was an incredible experience to be honored as NC Eagle Scout of the Year by men and women who served our country so valiantly. When I received a standing ovation at both conventions from these veterans, it was really humbling for me and it brought it all home about what it means to earn the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. I would like to also thank all the leaders and especially Scouts from Troop 49 in Charlotte and Troop 173 in Harrisburg for their support and for giving me such an incredible opportunity."

Trevor chose to follow in the steps of the Eagle Scout years before him, including an Eagle Scout who laid the foundation for it all.

Christopher Chapman, a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant crew chief, died when his Blackhawk helicopter crashed in Iraq during the Persian Gulf War. Chapman, an Eagle Scout from Troop 49 constructed a Military Memorial at Back Creek ARP  Church Cemetery.

Being Inspired by the Memorial, Heffner decided to add to the current piece. Heffner completed his Military Memorial project in 2012 it consist of a side walk stretching around the Memorial, five flag poles honoring each branch of service and a military branch insignia plaque at the base of each flag pole.

Troop 49 holds a ceremony on Memorial Day honoring all the veterans laid to rest at Back Creek ARP Church Cemetery.

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