CINCINNATI – Trevor Abele has been chosen as the Ohio Scout of the Year by the Ohio Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was honored at a ceremony in Cincinnati and presented with a $500 scholarship and will now be entered in the national competition.
Abele, a 2015 Butler High School graduate and a member of Troop 307 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, has been a Boy Scout for 10 years and earned Eagle Scout two years ago. He is the son of Jeff and Donna Abele and lives in Vandalia.
“I’m very proud of earning this award,” said Abele. “I never thought I’d win it on the state level.”
According to the VFW website, Some of the VFW’s earliest ties to the community involve youth groups and perhaps none are stronger or more lasting than the relationship between the VFW and America’s scouting organizations. In fact, VFW’s partnership with the Boy Scouts of America dates back to 1915 when VFW Post 2100 helped to establish Troop 1 in Everett, Washington.
The Scout of the Year competition is open to boys and girls who are at least 15 years old, enrolled in high school at the beginning of the selection process, have demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting, an the community, and have received the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venture Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.
Abele’s Eagle Project was the moving of the flag pole at the former Morton Middle School site to the property of St. John’s where it is in current use.
“I didn’t think my Eagle project would be big enough, but they seemed very excited by the project,” said Abele. “The veterans were very appreciative for what I did.”
Abele plans to attend Wright State University this fall and major in business.
“It is always good to have knowledge of business and finances,” he said. “I can use that degree in many areas of my career path.”