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Eagle Scout soars at Rock Canyon High School

Rock Canyon High School senior Russell Maranto received the Congressional Award Bronze Medal from Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman on August 8, 2011.

The Congressional Award is a public/private partnership created by U.S. Congress in 1979 to promote and recognize achievement, initiative and service in America’s youth. Award recipients focus on four goal setting areas: voluntary public service, personal development, physical fitness, and learning expeditions.

Maranto is an Eagle Scout with Troop 316 in Castle Pines. He has earned 122 merit badges, been awarded triple Silver Palms for his outstanding leadership and abilities and is the holder of several scouting religious emblems. Maranto has served on the Big Horn National Youth Leadership Training staff three of the last four years, completed a 90 mile trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM in 2009, and was a patrol leader at the 2010 National Jamboree at Ft. AP Hill, VA. He is also the 2010 winner of the Colorado Sons of the American Revolution Eagle Scout program.

Maranto transferred the skills he learned in Scouting to his academics. “Participation in this program has taught me various time management, organizational and leadership skills that have helped me become not only a better student, but also be a better member of society,” he said.

He also said he was inspired by his teachers’ enthusiasm, and that “they challenged me to go above and beyond in my achievements.”

Upon high school graduation, Maranto plans to attend the University of Wyoming to major in Criminal Justice and minor in Business Management.