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Dublin teen becomes troop's 100th Eagle Scout

Shipps created new picnic area for Presbyterian church

Dublin High School student Ryan Shipps was recently honored for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, becoming the 100th member of Troop 905 to attain the Eagle Scout ranking.

For his Eagle project, Shipps created a picnic area in a previously unused outdoor space at John Knox Presbyterian Church on Amarillo Road in Dublin.

The project required weeding and leveling, laying tan bark, creating a 10-foot-long path, constructing a pair of 8-foot wooden picnic tables and adding painted planters with flowers. The new picnic area is now regularly used by Sunday School children and parishioners.

Shipps has been an active member of scouting since the first grade. As a member of Troop 905, which is sponsored by St. Raymond Catholic Church in Dublin, he has camped 100 nights, hiked 123 miles, volunteered 150 hours on service projects, completed a National Youth Leadership Training program and earned 44 merit badges.

Shipps is a member of the Order Of The Arrow (scouting honor society), and he has held leadership positions as service committee member, patrol leader, historian, librarian and den chief to Cub Scouts.

A senior at Dublin High, Shipps is a clarinetist who is part of the Irish Guard marching band and the chamber choir. He also enjoys his video game art/design class at the school.

Shipps said he plans to attend Las Positas College for two years, then transfer to a California State University campus to complete a bachelor's degree in architecture. He would like to design his own home, and create corporate structures that are more environmentally conscious.

Shipps received his honor at an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on Nov. 24, nearing his award with four palms -- a palm is awarded for each five merit badges beyond the number required for the Eagle rank. His parents Jason and Patty Shipps have also been active with the troop; his father is the assistant scoutmaster and his mother is a member of the troop committee.

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