First Independence Day stirs Eagle Scout

By Robin DeMerell
NEWS-TIMES CORRESPONDENT
2002-06-30

 
Logan
Hepner of New Fairfield won an essay contest
sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution.
The News-Times/ Wendy Carlson

Logan Hepner of New Fairfield won an essay contest sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution.

For one New Fairfield teen, the Fourth of July is where history begins.

The American Revolution stirs up so much patriotism in the recent high school graduate that it earned him a scholarship for an essay on the subject.

"I do have deep appreciation for the Revolutionary War because it set a lot of our foundation policies and made this country what it is, said Logan Hepner. "We have the second-lowest taxes in the world because we were founded on a tax revolt.

In April, Hepner won a regional Eagle Scout essay contest and a $150 scholarship by the local chapter of the Sons of The American Revolution.

Hepner, who graduated in June from New Fairfield High School, will begin his freshman year at Brandeis University this fall to study biology. He hopes eventually go to medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon. He is the son of Larry and Shirley Hepner and has one sister, Leah, 16.

Involved with scouting since he was a 5-year-old Tiger Cub Scout, Hepner earned the coveted title of Eagle Scout in 2000. He is one of four Eagle Scouts in Troop 42 where is he and his father are assistant Scoutmasters.

His winning essay was about how increasing taxes was the impetus of the War for Independence.

"Basically, (my essay) was about the three basic causes of the Revolutionary War, Hepner said. "Ive always been interested in history.

Hepner competed against 15 other entrants and his essay, which took him two hours to write, will now be entered into a statewide pool. The winner of the National SAR contest will receive a scholarship of up to $8,000.

"I felt pretty strong about my essay. It was concise and got to the point and it had a lot of history, he said.

Hepner is so fascinated with history that he has started a collection of U.S. military uniforms. He has uniforms from World War I, World War II and from the Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars.

A member of the National Honor Society, Hepner graduated in June with a 3.7 grade-point average and will enter college this fall as an ROTC. He credits much of his success to scouting and said it has been a tremendous influence on his life.

"Its so much fun. We have camp outs once a month. We go on hikes. We go climbing. We work on scouting skills. A lot of outdoor stuff, he said. "Ive gotten a deep respect for hard work. I learned how to interact with my peers and the biggest thing Ive gotten out of Boy Scouts is how to be a leader.

 


 

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