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Istre Receives Eagle Scout Award

By Staff | Mar 25, 2009

Michael W. Istre, Jr. earned the Boys Scouts of America’s highest advancement award, the Eagle Scout Award. From left to right are Raymond Wilson, Michael Istre, Jr., Michael Istre, Sr., and Stuart Wolfe.

Michael W. Istre, Jr., 18, of Hughesville, has earned Boy scouts of America’s highest advancement award, the Eagle Scout Award.

Istre, a member of Boy Scout Troop 26 of Hughesville, received multiple

congratulatory citations during an Eagle scout court of Honor held on Scout Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Trinity Lutheran church of Hughesville, the chartering

organization for Troop 26. Scout Sunday is the Sunday on or before February 8,Scouting Anniversary Day.

Istre received congratulatory citations from: U.S. Senators Arlin Specter and Robert P. Casey; US Representative Christopher P. Carney; Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell; PA State Senator Gene Yaw; PA State Representative Garth D. Everett; Williamsport Detachment Marine corps League; Sons of the American Revolution, Pennsylvania Society; Boy Scouts of America, National Office, Irving, TX Boy Scouts of America, Susquehanna Council, Williamsport, PA.

According to the Boy Scout’s website, less than five percent of all Boy Scouts attain the rank of Eagle. Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community,church, or synagogue-related service project before his 18th birthday. Istre, with help from his Troop, refurbished a nature trail at Trout Pond Park located on Route 405 between Muncy and Hughesville. He also made benches for the trail using trees from the park.

He has served as the 2008 Summer Camp Sr. Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader. Assistant Patrol Leader, Chaplain Aide, Troop Guide, and is currently a Jr. Assistant Scout Master. Istre joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and James Lovell, cinematographer Steven Spielberg, and William Gates, Sr (father of Bill Gates.)

In addition to receiving various citations, the Eagle Medal and Eagle certificate during the ceremony, the Eagle Scout presents pins to his parents and a mentor (another adult who contributed significantly to the scout’s journey to Eagle.) Istre presented his Mentor pin to Raymond Wilson, also of Hughesville, former Scout Master of Troop 26.

Istre is a member of the Apostolic Pentecostal church of Williamsport and has participated in AYSO soccer, tennis, and student council.

He is the son of Brenda and Michael Istre, Sr, of Hughesville.