Manning achieves Eagle Scout rank

From left: State Rep. Samantha Kerkman, Ben Manning, Nicholas Manning, Julie Manning, state Sen. Robert Wirch. /Submitted photo

Nicholas Manning of Bristol has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor attainable through the Boy Scouts of America. The son of Julie and Ben Manning, his Court of Honor ceremony was held on Saturday at Camp Oh-Da-Ko-Ta and was attended by state Rep. Samantha Kerkman and state Sen. Bob Wirch.

A former Cub Scout who crossed over as a Boy Scout in 2003 after earning the Arrow of Light, Manning earned 25 merit badges and held a number of leadership positions in working toward the rank of Eagle Scout. He has served as a Troop Guide, a Patrol Leader, and an Assistant Patrol Leader and was also a Brotherhood Member of the Order of the Arrow. He is a graduate of the National Youth Leadership Training Course and he completed two high adventure treks at Philmont Scout Reservation, one of which was more than 100 miles. Manning is also the recipient of the Fifty-Miler Award.

For his community service project, Manning worked with Salem last summer in building a public fishing dock on Lake Montgomery. A group of fellow Boy Scouts and adult volunteers helped Manning design, build and install the new dock in addition to cleaning the area of the lake surrounding the dock.

Among those who helped guide Manning in becoming an Eagle Scout is his Troopmaster, Mike Davenport. After 10 years of serving the Boy Scouts of America in his role, Davenport is retiring this year.

In honor of his achievement, Kerkman and Wirch presented Manning with a citation on behalf of the Wisconsin Legislature during the Court of Honor ceremony.

“I commend Nicholas on a job well done in achieving the rank of Eagle Scout,” said Kerkman. “Through perseverance and determination, he has demonstrated true leadership and a commitment to serving the community. I wish him well in his future endeavors.”

A senior at Westosha Central High School, Manning will graduate this spring and continue his education at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in the fall.


One Comment

  1. way to go Manning says:

    This is the kind of person I want to be making decisions when I am old.
    He knows what it is to have an idea and to see it thru!
    Way to go Manning!

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