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Three Local Teens Earn the Rank of Eagle Scout



Three teenagers from the Germantown area have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America.


The three new Eagle Scouts are Cory Michael Knopp, Jesse Anthony Bradle, and Manav Talreja, all of Boyds. They all achieved the Eagle Rank earlier this year and will be honored at the Boy Scouts’ Court of Honor Ceremony to be held on December 15. The three are members of Boy Scout Troop 1325 of the Seneca District, chartered by Trinity Methodist Church in Germantown.

To earn the rank of Eagle, a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and carrying out an Eagle project.

Cory Knopp achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on June 27. He is the son of Ken and Brenda Knopp, and brother to Kendra and Kayla Knopp. For his project, Cory developed a U.S. Flag collection program that established collection locations at Trinity Methodist Church and Mother Seton Parish in Germantown. Knopp’s project helps to promote proper flag retirement or re-distribution as




appropriate. Knopp graduated Northwest High School, where he was the tennis team co-captain for the past two years. He is attending West Virginia University to study Computer Engineering.

Jesse Bradle achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on June 22. He is the son of Charlie and Yvette Bradle and brother of Amelia Bradle a Cadette Girl Scout. To earn the rank of Eagle, a Scout must earn at least 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership and community service by organizing and carrying out an Eagle project. For his project, Bradle built two wheelchair accessible picnic tables for Boyds-based Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), a nonprofit organization that utilizes a Mission Based Trauma Recovery model to help Warriors recovering from the stress of combat reconnect with their families, communities, and life. He graduated Northwest High School, and was part of the Northwest cross-country team. He is attending Mount St. Mary's University and enrolled in the Pre-Law program.

Manav Talreja achieved the rank of Eagle Scout back on March 18. He is the son of Mahesh and Deepa Talreja and brother of Dhillan Talreja. For his project, Talreja collected gently used Lego pieces and sets from the Germantown and Boyds communities. Lego sets were organized and then donated to the Treatment and Learning Centers, a non-profit organization serving more than 2,200 children and adults with a wide range of special needs. He graduated from Northwest High School and is currently attending University of Maryland, College Park majoring in Neurobiology and Physiology.

Photos courtesy BSA Troop 1325.


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