AMESBURY — At a special Eagle Court of Honor, Arman Sanentz, son of Ara and Marguerite Sanentz of Amesbury, was presented with Scouting’s highest award: the rank of Eagle Scout.
Arman became the 59th Scout from Amesbury’s Troop 4 to attain the coveted award. Only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank.
Arman joined Scouting in March 2006, after crossing over from Cub Scout Pack 4 and attaining the Arrow of Light Award. He then took on the leadership position of troop scribe and was responsible for writing and editing the troop’s newsletter. He continued in that role for more than six years, and never missed an issue.
He earned his Tenderfoot Award in March 2008, followed by his Second Class and First Class ranks, in March 2009 and February 2011, respectively. During those years, he served first as assistant patrol leader and then patrol leader.
In May 2011, in recognition of Arman’s leadership qualities, his peers selected him to attend a special training program and to be inducted into Scouting’s National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow. In June 2011, the troop sponsored him again to attend the weeklong Brownsea 22 youth leadership training program, where senior Scouts sharpen their Scouting knowledge and develop leadership skills.
In September 2011, Arman was elevated to senior patrol leader, the troop’s highest junior leadership position. Also, during that fall, he attained the rank of Star, received his Duty to God Recognition, as well as earned the World Conservation and the Terry LeBlanc Conservation Awards.
Arman received the Life Progress Award in September 2012 and began his yearlong quest for the rank of Eagle Scout. At school, he served as editor-in-chief of Amesbury High School’s newspaper, president of its band and member of its Class of 2013 officers. During 2012-2013, he planned, organized, led and managed an Eagle Scout Service Project.
His desire to give back to his school inspired him to start an extensive improvement project. After securing official approvals from the city, the school department and the high school principal, Arman, along with a number of fellow students and members of Troop 4, clocked more than 82 hours of volunteer labor to improve the courtyard at the school. An unused concrete pathway was demolished and removed, and a green space was created that will become a vegetable garden for students in Foods classes.
Eagle Scouts must complete a minimum of 21 merit badges, including 12 areas of requirement for the Eagle rank. Arman completed 27 badges, including ones of his own choosing. Among them were Art, Chemistry, Forestry, Indian Lore, Insect Study, Orienteering, Pathfinding, Theater, Weather and Soil and Water Conservation. In September 2013, Arman passed his Eagle Scout Board of Review, attaining the highest advancement rank in Scouting.
Scoutmaster Ron Fuller officiated at the ceremony, which was held on Nov. 29 at Amesbury’s Market Street Baptist Church, the sponsor of Troop 4. The Eagle Charge to Arman was given by Timothy Dwight, the troop’s last Eagle Scout, followed by a special recognition by Amesbury Mayor Thatcher W. Kezer III.
Arman graduated with high honors from Amesbury High School last June where he ranked third in his class. He is currently a freshman at Boston University, where he is a member of the BU Pep Band.