Fifteen-year-old David Cooper will be presented with the Eagle Scout Award -- Scouting's highest honor -- at a ceremony March 4 at Aurora United Methodist Church.

He is the son of Mary and Michael Cooper of Bainbridge Township and a member of Boy Scout Troop 265 in Aurora.

To receive the honor, a Scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and show leadership by planning, developing and leading a community service project.

Cooper directed the construction of a large deer exclusion fence along with a turtle habitat at the Moebius Nature Center on East Mennonite Road in Aurora.

He previously earned Cub Scouting's high honor -- the Arrow of Light -- while with Pack 102 in Bainbridge. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's natioinal honor society, and has attended national youth leadership training.

He has earned 33 merit badges, as well as the Ad Altare Dei religious emblem.

Cooper attends Kenston High, where he is a member of the soccer team. He volunteers at Hillcrest Hospital and for the Bainbridge Food for Friends food pantry.

He is a first-degree black belt in kuk sul do, is a member of the HAY group and serves as a cross bearer for the Church of Holy Angels.

Fewer than 4 percent of all Scouts earn the rank of Eagle. Cooper joins a lifelong brotherhood that includes many outstanding American, including astronaut Neil Armstrong, movie producer Steven Spielberg, newsman Walter Cronkite and President Gerald Ford.