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Gavin Wray earns Eagle Scout rank

Wray has served as assistant senior patrol leader and has earned 25 merit badges
by: Submitted photo GAVIN WRAY

Gavin Wray, 17, of Portland has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement award offered by the Boy Scouts of America.

He is a member of Troop 592, and Scoutmaster is Matt Evans. Sponsor of the troop is Sunset Trails Cascade Pacific Council.

Wray has served as assistant senior patrol leader and has earned 25 merit badges.

For his Eagle Scout project, Wray created accessibility to an inaccessible bird viewing blind in the Oregon Episcopal School wetlands by blazing a trail through a densely vegetated area and building an elevated ramp to it.

The bird viewing structure had been built as an Eagle project by another Scout in 2004, but the trail leading to the structure had disappeared beneath heavy growth and the ramp leading up to the bird viewing blind had decayed and fallen into disrepair.

Over a three-day period Wray led several crews to create a well-marked trail from Nicol Road to the bird viewing blind, demolished the existing ramp and built a 24-foot wheelchair-accessible ramp supported by concrete footings and elevated above the water.

Wray is a senior at Oregon Episcopal School, where he is a member of the school's Environmental Club and is a three-sport varsity athlete in soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

His extracurricular activities include Green Team, leader of the International Student Association and a member of the class board. He is a saxophonist in the school jazz band, was a first-place winner of the school's Science Fair and recipient of honorable mention in the NW Regional Science Fair.

He is the son of Tom and Kate Wray of Portland.

The Court of Honor was held June 11 at Valley Community Presbyterian Church.