Mehringer, Kluemper receive Rottet AwardFebruary 10, 2020
JASPER — The Edward J. Rottet Jr. Memorial Scout Award, established in 1935, was presented on Scout Sunday on Feb. 2 at the Jasper Knights of Columbus. More than 120 Scouts and adults attended, including Troops 182 and 185 and Venture Crews 182 and 185. The local scout award is based upon outstanding character and achievement.
This year’s recipients are Nathan Mehringer, son of Todd and Dr. Lori Mehringer, and Sam Kluemper, son of Daryl and Jennifer Kluemper, both seniors at Jasper High School.
Gene Kunz served as master of ceremonies. Scouts Joshua and Mason Schoenbachler led the Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath and invocation. A breakfast was prepared by K of C members. Also attending was State Senator Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, and State Representative Shane Lindauer, R-Jasper.
Jason Schmitt, a local business leader, was guest speaker. He spoke of standing up to bullies and doing the right thing even when that is unpopular. Don Rottet, a cousin of Edward, spoke regarding Eddie Rottet Jr.’s life and the award.
Eddie Rottet was a Life Scout and star athlete at Jasper who died in 1934 of typhoid fever at the age of 17. He excelled academically, was a leader in extracurricular activities, and excelled in every sport in which he participated. He helped lead Jasper to the final four in the 1934 Indiana high school basketball tournament. When his troop unexpectedly lost its scoutmaster, he responded by assuming the role and expanded activities. The scouting award was established in 1935 and was awarded every year, except 1958, until 1960. The award was reinstated in 1980 and has been awarded annually since. The Memorial Scout Award is presented to a local scout based upon outstanding character and achievement.
The 83-year-old memorial trophy and other memorabilia regarding Rottet can be viewed at the Dubois County Museum. The trophy displays small silver statues of a young man playing tennis, baseball and basketball. Don Rottet points out that the statue of a scout adorns the top of the trophy exemplifying Eddie’s character of living the scout law no matter what activity he pursued.
Previous trophy recipients attending included Kurt Hedinger 1982, Dr, Steve Hopf in 1984, Stan Klein in 1986, Doug Aders in 1988, Lee Knies in 2013, Blake Knies in 2015 and Connor Fritch in 2018.
Mehringer is an Eagle Scout and has earned 33 merit badges. His troop leadership positions include assistant patrol leader, patrol leader and quartermaster. He has earned the Ad Altare Dei religious award.
He is a senior at Jasper High School and ranks in the top 5% of his class and is currently ranked 12th. He was elected to the National Honor Society as a junior and attended Hoosier Boys State. On the JHS soccer team four years, Mehringer earned academic all-state honors as a junior and senior. He was named most valuable player on the JV team as a sophomore and “most versatile” varsity player as a senior. He is a member of the track team and has been a member of the marching and symphonic band. He is a member of the Lucky Shamrocks 4-H Club, Key Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Business Professionals of America.
Mehringer is an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a member of the St. Bosco Youth Group and server at Mass. As a member of Venture Crew 185, he has taken high adventure trips to Quetico in Canada, Philmont in New Mexico and the Florida Keys Scuba trip.
His scoutmasters are Eric Hedinger and Fred Feltner.
Kluemper is an Eagle Scout and has earned 31 merit badges. His troop leadership positions include assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, quartermaster and chaplain. He has earned the Ad Altare Dei religious award.
He is a senior at Jasper High School and ranks in the top 5% of his class and is currently ranked 13th. He was elected to the National Honor Society as a junior. On the football team four years, Kluemper earned academic all-state honors as a senior and was an Indianapolis Colts Academic All-Star nominee. He is a member of the track team.
He is a member of the 4-H and earned the engineering achievement award. He is a member of Habitat for Humanity and is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was a REC National Leadership Youth Tour Delegate.
He is an active member of Precious Blood Catholic Church and continues as a server and assists with the church picnic and a coffee and doughnuts volunteer.
As a member of Venture Crew 185, he has taken high adventure trips to Philmont in New Mexico.
His scoutmasters are Eric Hedinger and Fred Feltner.
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