William Murphy, Luke Zlockie and Rick Love have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. This accomplishment represents almost five years of adventure, fun, work, and dedication to the Boy Scout program. All three young men are members of Ellicottville-Great Valley Troop 652.
During the process of satisfying the requirements for the Eagle Rank, they have performed community service, provided service and leadership to their troop, and have earned numerous merit badges.
Mark Kurtis, Troop 652 Scoutmaster, says, “I’m happy for them. They are proud of their achievements. They should be. Each of these young men has persevered to earn this Eagle Badge award.”
William Murphy, son of William and Stephanie Murphy of Ellicottville, is a 2013 graduate of Ellicottville Central School. He has earned 22 merit badges. For his final Eagle Badge project, William planned, organized and supervised the clearing of public recreation trails in Allegany State Park for more than 100 total man-hours. He was a respected student and football athlete at Ellicottville.
Luke Zlockie, son of Len and Judy Zlockie of Great Valley, is also a 2013 graduate of Ellicottville Central. He has earned 23 merit badges. For his final project, Luke planned, organized and supervised the removal and disposal of several tons of debris from a drainage ditch/tributary to Great Valley Creek behind Cavalry Cemetery in Salamanca. He also documented, by way of mapping, the Elliott Street Cemetery. He was also a respected student and soccer athlete at Ellicottville.
Rick Love, son of Rick and Laurie Love of Franklinville, is a 2013 graduate of Franklinville High School. He has earned 26 Merit Badges. This is far more than the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) required number for the Eagle Badge. And for his final badge project, he also planned, organized and supervised the clearing of public recreation trails in Allegany State Park, also for more than 100 total man-hours. Ricky graduated as a respected student and champion Youth Trap League shooter from Franklinville.
Murphy, Zlockie and Love will be formally presented the Eagle Scout Award at a Court of Honor Ceremony at the American Legion Post in Ellicottville on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.