Summerlot receives Rottet Award

JASPER — The Edward J. Rottet Jr. Memorial Scout Award, established in 1935, was presented on Scout Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Jasper Knights of Columbus. More than 140 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 recipient is Luke Summerlot, a senior at Jasper High School. He is the son of Mike and Vicki Summerlot and plans to study financial counseling.

Gene Kunz served as master of ceremonies. Scouts Jax Bower and Eli Cox led the Pledge of Allegiance and Scout Oath and gave the invocation. A breakfast was prepared by K of C members.

Jasper Mayor Dean Vonderheide, a Life Scout, was guest speaker. He suggested that the values of scouting reflect the values of life. He “sees the future of Jasper in the young men attending this morning.” Don Rottet, a cousin of Rottet, spoke regarding Eddie Rottet Jr’s life and the requirements of 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.

Previous trophy recipients attending included Charles Buechlein in 1952, Kurt Hedinger in 1982, Dr. Steve Hopf in 1984, Stan Klein in 1986 and Lee Knies in 2013.

Summerlot is an Eagle Scout and has earned 43 merit badges. His troop leadership positions include Senior and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader.

He has earned the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII Religious Award and is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow.

Summerlot ranks in the top 20 percent of his class. He was elected to the National Honor Society as a junior and attended Hoosier Boys State. He is an American Legion Americanism and Government Testing winner locally and in District 8.

On the cross country team, he qualified for semi state and was awarded the JHS Cross Country 2018 Mental Attitude Award. He is a member of the track team. He is a long-time member of 4-H and has served as vice president and treasurer. He has served as a Dubois County 4-H Junior Leader and has led as president and treasurer. He is a long-time member of the FFA and has been top chapter salesman three years, received the junior class scholarship award and in 2018 earned the FFA Hoosier Degree. He is a long-time member of the Indiana Dairy Goat Youth Association and has served as youth representative. He is a 4-year member of the Rotary/Interact Club and a three-year member of the Business Professionals of America.

Summerlot is an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church and continues as a server and assists with the church picnic and Christmas decorating.

As a member of Venture Crew 185, he has enjoyed high adventure trips to Quetico, Canada, in 2018, Philmont Trek in 2016 and a Florida scuba trip in 2015.

His scoutmasters are Fred Feltner, Eric Hedinger and Joe Schitter.

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