Scouts Earning Special Achievements Awards

Gregory Daniel Ziegler

Earns the Dr. Bernard Harris SUPERNOVA Award

Gregory Daniel Ziegler, 15, of Boy Scout Troop 1137 in Centreville, Virginia was awarded the Dr. Bernard Harris SUPERNOVA Award at a Boy Scout Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on October 21st, 2012 at the Arlington Fairfax Chapter of the Izaak Walton League.  The SUPERNOVA Award recognizes superior achievement by a Boy Scout in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).  To earn the SUPERNOVA Award, Greg earned merit badges in Computers, Electricity, Energy, Engineering, Medicine, and Scholarship.  In addition, Greg was a member of his high school’s Science Olympiad Team, participated in the regional and state-wide Science Olympiad competition, spent a day shadowing a local scientist, learned the Scientific Method, and organized and conducted a STEM related program for a den in Cub Scout Pack 1858.

Greg started in scouting as a Tiger Cub with Cub Scout Pack 1682 at Virginia Run Elementary School.  He crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 1137 where he has earned the rank of Life. Greg has earned 126 merit badges, and the World Conservation and the United States Heritage Awards.  He was elected to the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts National Honor Society.  Greg has held a number of leadership positions in his troop including, Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Instructor, and Bugler.  This past summer, Greg joined with four of his fellow Boy Scouts from Troop 1137 for a one week high adventure trip to the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base.  Sea Base is an aquatic program operated by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Greg is now making plans for his Eagle Scout Project.

            Greg is the seventh of eight children of Barbara and Mark Ziegler.  Greg is a sophomore at Westfield High School, Chantilly, Virginia enrolled in the Advanced Studies curriculum that includes rigorous classes in math, science, and technology.  Greg is a member of Math Honor Society, Varsity Math League, Science Olympiad, “It’s Academic”, and the CyperPatriot Teams.  Greg’s career goal is to earn an undergraduate degree in engineering from the United States Military Academy, and to serve as an officer in the United State Army.