Knappa - James Philip Santee, of Knappa, has joined the 2 percent of Boy Scouts who have achieved the rank of Eagle, Scouting's highest rank.

Santee, 17, will be recognized in a ceremony at 2 p.m. June 19 at Grace Episcopal Church in Astoria.

As a member of Troop 211, which has been chartered for more than 80 years by Grace, Santee earned 31 merit badges and did his community service project at the Gnat Creek Fish Hatchery building forms, footings and supports for informational signs for the Nicolai-Wickiup Watershed trail under the direction of Roger Warren, hatchery manager.

Santee has served as senior patrol leader, patrol leader and assistant patrol leader and is an assistant Junior Scoutmaster for Troop 211 and a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. He has received the World Conservation Award, Historical Trails Award, 75 Night Camper Award, Ad Altare Dei Catholic Religious Award and has earned an Eagle Bronze Palm Award.

He is a member of St. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church and is a active in the Knappa High School FFA program. The son of Jim and Margaret Santee, he will be a junior next fall.

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