Mark Ebbing, 17, son of Joseph P. Ebbing and Elizabeth A. Ebbing of Carrollwood, was to become an Eagle Scout today.
Mark is junior assistant scoutmaster of Troop 58, chartered by St. Paul Catholic Church in Carrollwood Village. The Eagle Award is the highest award a Boy Scout can earn in the scouting program.
The Eagle award was to be presented to Mark by Tom Deimler, scout executive of the Gulf Ridge Council. Eagle Scout Kevin Mayeux, a graduate student at the University of Florida, was to deliver the keynote addresswith Ms. Eddie Eichhorn as master of ceremonies. The Rev. Austin Mullen was to deliver the invocation, David Pickard, "The Eagle Charge," James Sultenfuss, "The Voice of the Eagle," and the Rev. William Swengros, the benediction. A reception was to be held in the St. Paul Parish Center after the ceremony.
Mark also became a member of the National Eagle Scout Association as a gift from Troop 58. The gift was to be presented by Kathy Friedman, troop committee chairwoman.
In addition to junior assistant scoutmaster, Mark has served Troop 58 as assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader.
For the service project that is a requirement of the Eagle Scout award, Mark worked on establishing a lawn for the McClain Foundation home west of St. Paul Church in Carrollwood Village. He researched grading, fertilizing, seeding and mulching the area. He then organized adults and scouts to accomplish the task. The McClain House is home to eight mentally disabled men and two houseparents.
Mark is a senior at Chamberlain High School, where he is involved in Future Business Leaders of America, Students Against Drunk Driving, Junior Civitan, Fellowship of Christian Students and the Student Advisory Committee. Mark also is active in the St. Paul Youth Group.