Nathanael Istre attains rank of Eagle Scout

Nathanael N. M. “Nate” Istre, 16, of Hughesville, has attained Boy Scouts of America’s highest advancement rank of Eagle. According to BSA statistics less than 5 percent of all scouts attain the rank of Eagle.

A member of BSA Troop 26 of Hughesville, Istre received multiple congratulatory citations during an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held on February 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hugh-esville, the chartering organization for Troop 26.

Troop 26 Scout Master Donald L. Reynolds Jr. presided over the ceremony where Istre received the Eagle Scout medal from his mother and Eagle Scout certificate from his father.

He then pinned his parents with Eagle Scout mom and dad pins; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George E. Stabler with Eagle Scout grandparent pins; and Stuart C. Wolfe, committee chair and former Scout Master, the Mentor pin.

Representatives from the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and the Civil War Reenactment group, Cooper’s Battery, were in attendance and presented Istre a certificate from The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Istre has participated in a Civil War reenactment and attended a Civil War encampment with his troop.

Istre’s great-great-great-great-grandfather, Dr. Lord Byron Smith, was a physician in the Civil War attending Union soldiers.

Other citations were received from: President and Mrs. Obama, former President and Mrs. George H. W. Bush, former President George W. Bush, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (Eagle Scout), Representative Tom Marino, Governor Tom Corbett, La. Governor Bobby Jindal, Senator Gene Yaw. Representative Garth Everett, the Air Force, the Coast Guard, the Marine Corp League, NASA, BSA National Headquarters (Irving, Texas) and BSA Susquehanna Council.

Istre joins other outstanding American citizens who have attained Eagle rank including President Gerald R. Ford Jr., astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and James A. Lovell Jr., attorney William Gates Sr. (father of Bill Gates,) New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and founder of Walmart Sam Walton.

A successful Eagle candidate must fulfill the requirements for all lower ranks, earn at least 21 merit badges, successfully complete a community service project before his 18th birthday and go before an Eagle Scout Board of Review.

For his community service project, Istre led Troop 26 in refurbishing dugouts at Bodine Park in Hughesville.

Istre has completed the National Youth Leader-ship Training program through BSA and has held various positions in Troop 26 including Chaplain Aide, Quarter-master, Scout Instructor, Troop Guide and Senior Patrol Leader.

He is currently serving as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.

A recipient of Hughesville High School’s Green and White award, Istre has participated in high school chorus, school plays, AYSO soccer, Christian Club and a student-led prayer group.

He is a Spartan Scholar and member of the National Society of High School Scholars.

He is the son of Brenda and Michael W. Istre Sr. of Hughesville and brother of Michael W. Istre Jr. of Waynesboro who attained Eagle rank in 2009.

Istre’s aspirations are to study quantum physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.