Jacob Shank recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest award earned in Boy Scouting. Jacob, 18, is the son of Theresa and Tom Shank, of Smicksburg, and the grandson of Jackie Lockhart, of Smicksburg.
In Jacob’s scouting years with Troop 50 of Marion Center, he has earned 42 merit badges, Forest Conservation award, Wildlife Conservation Award, United States Heritage Award, Kayaking BSA award and Snorkeling BSA award. Jacob was certified as a BSA lifeguard, and he has completed over 108 hours of community service hours.
With his troop, Jacob has traveled many places like New York City and Baltimore, Md. He has camped out 51 nights in all types of weather, rain, snow and hot and humid. He attended the 100 years of scouting campaganza at Moraine State Park in 2010. Jacob has participated in opening flag ceremonies for Relay for Life, Flag Retiring ceremonies, Memorial Day ceremonies and Veteran’s Day ceremonies.
Jacob has held positions in the troop such as Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Assistant SPL, Chaplain Aide, Historian and Scribe. He was also elected by his fellow scout members to complete the ordeal for Order of the Arrow in 2010
For his Eagle project, Jacob constructed benefit dinner signs for the Marion Center Volunteer Fire Department.
Jacob is a senior at Marion Center Area High School and is in the welding program at Indiana County Technology Center. At ICTC he is a member of Skills USA and has competed in district 8 for welding. He was selected for the Kiwanis Youth Leadership Workshop.
He has received the Principal’s Star Award and has been a spokesperson for the welding program on the radio and at several elementary schools. At Marion Center, Jacob is taking JROTC as an independent study in which he holds the rank of second lieutenant and has received the Kitty Hawk award, Superior Performance Ribbon Award and the Air Force Sergeants’ Association Award.
Jacob works part-time at Yoder Quilt Shop, Crooked Fence Farm and for the family’s trucking business. He is a member of the Indiana Coin Club and the Indiana Model Railroad Club. After high school, Jacob would like to have a career as a welder.