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October 14, 2016

Three individuals in the Webster City Boy Scout Troop 17 achieved the prestigious honor of Eagle Scout recently. The Eagle Scout Court of Honor took place in honor of three young men whose due diligence and work got them to this milestone.

Brian Borkowski, 17, of Webster City, is the son of Linda and Chad Borkowski. Borkowski sent care packages and letters to troops overseas and veterans with Hamilton County ties. .

"It's a milestone. It's probably one of the greatest accomplishments I have done in my life. It's also something I can jump off of and do greater things with," said Borkowski. "This Eagle Scout symbolizes that I can go farther in life."

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Brian Borkowski

"My motivation was my family. They have been there through it all. My grandpa, he loved when I came and talked to him about it, and then he passed away this spring. He was a big motivator for me to get this done over the summer."

Tyler Geopfert, 16, of Webster City, is the son of Wade and Stacey Geopfert. Geopfert completed brick work for the city disc golf course to attain Eagle Scout.

"This moment is very big to me. It's probably one of the most important moments of my life. It's really a big accomplishment to get Eagle Scout," said Geopfert. "I've worked over the past five years to get this honor and the day is finally here. It feels great."

Geopfert believes that his hard work over the past years was well worth it to receive this honor. "My motivation was my parents pushing me to get it. They knew that not very many people achieve the rank of Eagle Scout and they wanted me to be one of those people," said Geopfert. "After joining I was very interested in the ranking up system. Now that I reached the highest rank, it was definitely worth it." Geopfert plans on living by the principles of the Boy Scouts for the rest of his life and encourages others to carry them as well.

Alex Hooker, 15, of Webster City, is the son of Terry and Michelle Hooker. Hooker helped restore a historic ice house on the Boone River Trail for his Eagle Scout project.

"The Eagle Scout Award is very important to me as it's the icing on the cake of everything I have worked towards in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for the past eight years," Hooker said. "I'm just very honored to finally be able to reach this highest peak."

Hooker credited his father for pushing him to complete the highest rank a scout can achieve. "My motivation to complete this came mostly from my mentor, which was my dad. He used to be in Boy Scouts and he continued pushing me throughout this experience and journey to pursue the next rank and merit badge," said Hooker. "Boy Scouting is a great experience I think all young men should take part in as it helps develop everyone mentally and physically. It is just a great thing to be a part of."



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