Jacob Rohal, son of Stephen and Julie Rohal of Stroup Rd Edinburg Township, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. He is a member of Great Trail Council, Boy Scout Troop #573.
Jacob was recognized in a Court of Honor ceremony recently held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Rootstown. The ceremony was presided over by Scoutmaster Elwin Robison.
Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and show leadership by planning, developing and successfully completing a community service project to earn his Eagle.
Jacob chose to refurbish and paint the inside of the Hubbard Building at the Portage County Randolph Fair. The Hubbard Building houses 4-H projects, vegetables, canning, agriculture entries and church displays during the fair. The project involved repairing holes in the dividers that make up the booths and painting all the dividers. The project will not only benefit all those who have fair entries in the building but also the thousands that attend the fair. He thanks those who donated supplies and finances for this project and the 4-Hers, troop members, friends and adults who helped complete this project.
In addition to scouting, Jacob has been active in 4-H as a member of the Edinburg Seambusters 4-H club for 8 years serving as President for 2 years. He has earned county and state honors for his sewing projects plus has placed in the State Wool contest and at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo. Jacob has represented the county at 4-H Leadership Camp and Forestry Camp. He received the County 4-H Gold Medal Award for Leadership and has participated in the State 4-H Teen Conference for 6 years.
Jacob attends Ohio Virtual Academy and will graduate this year. He plans to attend college at Brigham Young University Idaho in the fall where he will study computers and technology.
Jacob is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, and joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Spielberg, and Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” fame.