EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR and rank presentation for Abraham E. M. Oshel, 14, son of Roger Neal Oshel and Linda Mangelsdorf-Oshel, Big Springs, will be at 2 p.m. next Saturday at the Jehovah-Jireh Hillside Chapel, Forest Park Conference and Retreat Center, 3158 S.E. 10th, Topeka. Abraham also will be presented with his Bronze Eagle Palm.
His Eagle Scout Project was to design and construct an outdoor chapel on a hillside at Forest Park Conference and Retreat Center, which took more than 400 hours to complete.
Abraham is a freshman at Shawnee Heights High School, where he is on the wrestling team, plays violin in the concert and symphonic orchestras, and is an honor student. Abraham is a member of Highland Heights Christian Church. He also participates in youth activities at Shawnee Heights Baptist Church.
Abraham began his scouting career as a Tiger Cub in 1990 with Pack 18, Tecumseh North Elementary School. He earned the rank of Webelos in 1993. He earned his God and Me, religious award and the Arrow of Light, Cub Scouts highest award in 1994. Abraham joined Boy Scouts with Troop 18, Tecumseh United Methodist Church, in 1995. Troop 18's current Scoutmaster is Dennis Eisenbarth.
Abraham has served his Troop as Den Chief, Chaplain Aide, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leaders, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader and Troop Guide. He has earned his God and Church religious award, the Mile Swim, C.O.P.E. Phase I, Junior Leader Training and has completed and is certified as a BSA Lifeguard.
On his trail to Eagle Scout, Abraham earned 33 merit badges. He has earned his Bronze Eagle Palm for earning five merit badges above the required 21 for rank of Eagle Scout and for serving in his Troop for three months since becoming an Eagle Scout.
Abraham has attended Jayhawk Area Council Day camps as a Tiger, Wolf and Bear Scout; Fun with Sons weekends, Webelos Resident Camp and Boy Scout Camp at Camp Jayhawk, Oskaloosa. He has also attended Camp Alexander, Pikes Peak Council, Colo.; Camp Quivira, Quivira Council. Abraham attended the 1997 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill as a contingent of council Troop 1429. While at the Jamboree, he participated in the "Water Bucket Fire Brigade" that broke the record for the longest water brigade listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Abraham was elected into the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's National Honor Society, in July 1997. He became an Ordeal Member in September 1997 and a Brotherhood Member in September 1998. Abraham was chosen Arrowman of the Month for March 1998. He attended the National Order of the Arrow Conference in Ames, Iowa, in late July 1998 as a delegate from Dzie-Hauk Tonga Lodge 429.
Abraham has worked as staff at Cub Scout Day Camp and as a counselor in training at Camp Jayhawk during the summer of 1997 and 1998. Abraham will work as a instructor staff this summer at Camp Jayhawk.
He will spend three weeks as a teen missionary with Kansas City Youth for Christ/Big Rock Missions working in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, to set up youth groups, doing Christian dramas and witnessing on the streets and piers of Ireland. Last year Abraham spent a week as a missionary in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
JASON V. CHRONISTER, 17, will receive the Eagle Scout award on Monday at First Christian Church,. The rank of Eagle is the highest honor awarded by the Boy Scouts of America. It takes hundreds of hours of work and participation in Scouting activities, including the conception, organization and delivery of a large-scale community service project.
Jason began his Scouting career in the Tiger Cubs at age 6. He progressed through the ranks of Cub Scouts in pack 3072 which met at Quail Run School and was led by Frank Wright. After completing all requirements for Cub Scouts, including the Arrow of Light Award, he joined Scout Troop 53 led by Scoutmaster Parker Lessig. During his tenure with Troop 53, Jason has served as assistant patrol leader and quartermaster. He participated in dozens of campouts including five summer camps at Camp Alexander in Lake George, Colo. Last summer Jason was a camp counselor at Camp Alexander. In the summer of 1997 Jason attended the National Scout Jamboree held at Fort A.P. Hill near Washington, D.C., joining about 30,000 other Scouts.
Jason has completed all of the merit badges as required for the rank of Eagle. His community service project was centered in Naismith Valley Park, just south of 23rd and Naismith. There had been severe erosion of a hiking trail near the creek. Under Jason's direction, he and several other Scouts relocated a long section of the trail and planted 50 new trees along the creekbank to prevent further erosion. Jason received a certificate of recognition from the city of Lawrence for this project.
Jason, 17, is a junior at Free State High School. He has lettered in track and cross country. He has served as vice president of the computer club. He is employed part time as a web applications programmer for Grapevine Communications, formerly NTI, an internet service provider. Next year, during his senior year, he plans to start classes at Kansas University in the computer engineering program.
He is the son of Dr. Stephen and Lisa Chronister, Lawrence.