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  • Alberding, Candy earn Eagle rank in Middletown Boy Scout Troop 125

  • Andrew Alberding and Ryan Candy of Boy Scout Troop 125 at St. Joseph's Church in Middletown were awarded their Eagle Scout medals at their Court of Honor on Dec. 15.
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  • Andrew Alberding and Ryan Candy of Boy Scout Troop 125 at St. Joseph's Church in Middletown were awarded their Eagle Scout medals at their Court of Honor on Dec. 15.
    Andrew qualified for the rank of Eagle Scout in September after completing his Eagle Scout service project over the summer. For his project, Andrew designed an outdoor sanctuary for his church, St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Odessa. With the help of many scouts, scout leaders and members of his church, they built, painted and erected a 10-foot by 5-foot cross; designed, cut, and assembled three cedar benches; and planted a remembrance garden along with a plaque dedicating the garden to those departed of St. Paul's Church.
    To raise funds for this project, Andrew held a yard sale at St. Paul's which raised over $1,100 to cover the entire cost of the project. The project took more than 200 hours combined to complete.
    "This project was all about community and the fact that so many people contributed to make it a reality," said Andrew. "I am so thankful to all who helped."
    Andrew is a sophomore at Middletown High School. He is an honors student and plays the violin in the orchestra. He has been in scouting since first grade when he started as a Tiger Cub. He is currently assistant senior patrol leader with Troop 125 and he plans on staying active in Boy Scouts and helping other scouts achieve their Eagle badge. As for his career plans, he wants to combine his interest in computer technology with his science skills and hopes to become a neurosurgeon.
    Ryan Candy organized and supervised an Eagle Scout service project that included planting a garden around a statue at St. Joseph's Church that had no landscaping around it and moving a tree that was blocking the view of the statue.
    To raise money for the project, Ryan conducted a car wash and raised over $400. The Home Depot and Ronny's Garden World donated supplies for the project, which enabled Ryan to donate about half of the money to the church.
    "The most satisfying part of the project was completing it," said Ryan. "Knowing the volunteers and I completed a worthwhile task to beautify the church was a great feeling."
    Ryan is currently a freshman at Appoquinimink High School. He runs cross country and is planning to swim and run track.
    Ryan joined Cub Scouts while in first grade and has enjoyed scouting ever since. He especially likes camping trips including backpacking, canoeing, whitewater rafting, and climbing. Ryan had held several leadership positions in the troop including librarian, assistant patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, and most recently senior patrol leader. He said he learned that you have to work hard at these positions, but in the end, it is very gratifying.
    Page 2 of 2 - Ryan plans to continue to enjoy scouting and helping others throughout his high school career. After high school, he plans to attend a four-year college. He isn't sure what he would like to study, but computers and technology may be in his plans.
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