Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 28, 2011

Seth Gentry earns Eagle

Seth Buchanan Gentry, 18, is receiving his Eagle Scout award today, Sunday, July 31, 2011, at First United Methodist Church of Salisbury. His Scoutmaster, David B. Wilson, will make the presentation.
As a Cub Scout, Seth earned the God and Me and the God and Family awards, as well as Cub Scouts’ highest award, the Arrow of Light. As a Boy Scout in Troop 442, he has earned 26 merit badges.
Seth has served as Troop Scribe, Chaplain’s Aide and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. He completed a backpacking trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico in 2007. Along with other members of Troop 442, he participated in North Carolina’s Big Sweep project, cleaning trash from the Yadkin River. Seth has earned the Philmont Arrowhead and Philmont Duty to God award, two 50-Miler awards (one for backpacking and one for canoeing), the King’s Mountain Battlefield award and Historic Trails award. He also has worked as a volunteer for The LandTrust of Central North Carolina, helping with several of their canoe trips.
A 2011 graduate of Salisbury High School and North Carolina Scholar, Seth was active in the National Honor Society, Junior Civitan, Key Club and Young Life. He played first chair trumpet in both the jazz and concert bands. He was a member of the swim team and tennis team. In tennis, he won all-county and all-region honors, as well as conference and regional doubles championships. His efforts helped the team to conference championships for three years.
Seth is an active member of First Baptist Church of Salisbury, where he has served as a member of the youth praise team, worked as a volunteer for Rowan Helping Ministries at the homeless shelter and participated in a mission trip to Honduras, where he helped organize a children’s sports camp.
For his Eagle Scout leadership service project, Seth planned and led a team of scouts and other volunteers in improving the safety of the stadium, walkways and parking lot at Salisbury High School.
Seth is the son of Frank and Elizabeth Gentry of Salisbury and plans to enter Appalachian State University next month.