WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today celebrated the hard work of Zachary A. Bringman, of Westerville, for earning the Eagle Scout rank. Brown sent an official letter of congratulations to the Westerville resident.

“Zachary, his teachers, and family should be proud of his noteworthy accomplishment. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout means he has displayed the ambition and resolve needed to earn the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank. He exemplifies the skills needed to lead in the 21st century,” Brown said.  “From one Scout to another, I am proud of his leadership, and I am confident that Zachary will enjoy great success in achieving his goals for the future.”   

Only about 5 percent of all Scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank, as it is a performance-based achievement where candidates must provide outstanding performance of the goals of Scouting: citizenship, character, and personal fitness. A total of 56,176 Eagle Scout ranks were awarded in 2010.

Brown became an Eagle Scout in 1967. Sen. Brown received his Eagle Scout badge from U.S. Sen. John Glenn.