Timothy Ryan Kopp, a sophomore at Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga, is a solid guy.
Muscular from weightlifting and standing just under 6 feet tall, he plays center on the varsity football team. He'd like to play football in college, for a Division II school where he could study engineering or law. He's also on the tennis team and the indoor track team, where he throws the shot put.
He's solid scholastically, as well. Honored as a scholar athlete this year at Maryvale, as a freshman he was one of the top three students in his class. He was an honor roll student at Maryvale Middle School and a member of the National Junior Honor Society there.
Tim, who's 15, also plays trumpet with the Maryvale High School Concert Band and the Jazz Ensemble. Selected for the all-Erie County Band in 2002 and 2004, he's been a bugler for Cheektowaga's annual War of 1812 Parade for the past two years.
The son of Mark and Susan Kopp, he also is the first member of his family to become an Eagle Scout. A member of Boy Scout Troop 470 based at Infant of Prague Church, he's been involved in scouting since he was in second grade.
When it came time to choose an Eagle Scout project, he wound up picking something solid, as well. On a suggestion from his mother, he asked the people at the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Mother of Divine Grace Church if there was something they needed. It turned out that they had a persistent leak in a wall behind some built-in shelving, which produced puddles on floor and generally unsanitary conditions.
Working with the church maintenance man, Tim and 17 fellow Scouts spent 119 hours during their Easter vacation fixing the problem. The food pantry now is dry. And solid.
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