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Lugoff-Elgin High School student earns Eagle Scout Award
Benjamin Blankenship

Benjamin Maples Blankenship has earned the Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor.

Ben is the son of Mr. Terry L. and Dr. Dina Maples Blankenship of Lugoff, South Carolina. His paternal grandparents are Mr. Bill and Mrs. Patricia Short Blankenship of Ripley, West Virginia. His maternal grandparents are Dr. Dwight and Mrs. Rebecca Anderson Maples of Camden.

Ben is a member of Springvale Baptist church and an 11th grade honor student at Lugoff-Elgin High School. He is a National Merit Scholar, a member of Beta Club and a recipient of the Larry Patrick Award for Citizenship. He is a member of the Health Occupation Student Association (HOSA) and an ATEC HOSA State Champion in 2012.

He has been a member of the Kershaw County Swim Team since 2004 and in 2010 swam the Freestyle in a National AA ranking for his age group. He is Professional Rescuer CPR Red Cross Certified and a Certified Lifeguard.

As a member of the Lugoff-Elgin High School track team he has lettered three times, and in the Lugoff Fitness Zone’s 5K Jingle Bell Run in December 2012 he placed first in his age group.

As a member of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church’s BSA Troup 303, Ben has held the positions of Senior Patrol Leader, Asst. Senior Patrol Leader, Chaplain’s Aid, Quartermaster, Den Chief, Patrol Leader and Asst. Patrol Leader. He has earned 31 Merit Badges, twelve of which were required and one Bronze and one Gold Palm. He is a member of Order of the Arrow Service organization.

In June 2011 Ben was part of a group that traveled to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. There, he with eight other boys and two adult leaders camped for twelve nights and backpacked a 68 mile trail. His Eagle project was the renovation of a historically significant outdoor baptismal and outdoor worship center at Springvale Baptist Church in Lugoff.

His family wishes to thank the following people and organizations for their support and contributions to this endeavor: former U.S. Senator Jim DeMint, S.C. Representative Laurie Slade Funderburk, Springvale Baptist Church, Camden Builder’s Supply, Miller Lumber Company, Rock-Ye-Tops of Lugoff, Home Depot, Lowe’s and WalMart.