Nathan Zerko, a member of Troop 223 in Orange became one of the newest Eagle Scouts in the Class of 2012. Zerko received his Eagle award at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held at his church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The church is also the sponsor of the Troop.

One of the requirements for becoming an Eagle Scout is to conduct a service project. Zerko chose to collect coats for the Salvation Army in Orange. He built and placed collection boxes and placed them in various locations in Pinehurst and Orange. The coats were then bundled and taken to the Orange Salvation Army located on MLK Drive.

“We had hoped that we would get about 150 or so. We ended up with over 800 coats and other pieces of clothing. Some were new and still had tags on them,” Zerko said.

Zerko has been a member of the Boy Scouts of America for six years, beginning as a Cub Scout. He is a senior at West Orange-Stark High School. After he graduates he plans to attend college and study computer science and computer programming.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped me become an Eagle, he said. “I had to be pushed along the way and I appreciate all that my family and my friends did to help me, especially my grandfather, John.” John Zerko is a longtime city councilman in Pinehurst.

Zerko joins a distinguished group of young men. Statistically, only two percent of the millions of members of Boy Scouts have become Eagle Scouts.