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Norman Eagle Scout candidate works on school mascot statue

A Norman Boy Scout is asking the community for help completing a statue of a wildcat mascot at his school.
BY TAMI ALTHOFF, For The Oklahoman Modified: April 5, 2013 at 11:47 pm •  Published: April 6, 2013
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Alcott Middle School student Samuel Smith hopes his years of training in Boy Scouts of America will pay off for the Norman community when his Eagle Scout service project is complete.

Smith is working with a local artist to create a bronze statue of a wildcat for Alcott Middle School. The wildcat is the school mascot. Smith, the son of Paul and Bridget Smith, of Norman, is a member of Troop 20.

Smith said creating a statue has been more complicated than he expected. Besides coordinating numerous things at one time, he has to work within a timeline to complete the project before school is out for summer.

He said he hopes the completed project will boost morale and encourage pride at the school.

“I have gone to Alcott for three years,” Smith said.

“When thinking about selecting a project, I just wanted to give back to my school. It will give the students a more potent sense of pride and ownership for Alcott, the school that they are associated with.”

Local artist and sculptor Wade Heckes helped design and sculpt the wildcat, which will be posed atop a granite base. Heckes said he was eager to help since he attended Alcott when it was called West Junior High.

“I thought that it was a great idea and project,” he said. “I believe that the Boy Scouts is a great organization, and I am pleased that I could help Samuel on his Eagle project.”

Heckes donated his time to sculpt the piece, and granite for the sculpture's base was donated by Flintstone Rock in Oklahoma City. However, Smith needs to raise funds to molding, casting, welding and finishing the statue. The approximate cost is $5,000.

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HOW TO HELP

Donations can be sent to Samuel Smith, 4304 Upper Lake Drive, Norman, OK 73072. Checks should be made out to BSA Troop 20, c/o Samuel Smith Eagle Project.

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