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Congratulations to all students at John Jay High School who have been awarded Boy Scouting's highest rank of Eagle Scout this school year!
The young men are members of Goldens Bridge Troop 154, sponsored by the Goldens Bridge Fire Department; Troop 1 Lewisboro, sponsored by the Lewisboro Lions Club; and Vista Troop 101, sponsored by the Vista Volunteer Fire Dept.
From left to right, in the back row: Jack Horvath and Clayton Leibig.
Front Row: Matthew Gomes, Frederick Sutton, and Griffin Wallick.
To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. An Eagle Scout must also plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to a religious institution, school, or community.
Matthew’s Eagle Service project benefited a local nonprofit nature preserve, The Mianus River Gorge Preserve. Working with Mianus River Gorge preserve staff, Matthew designed a sizable raised-bed planter intended for growing native plants for use in forest restoration. He then directed the construction and installation of fifteen of these planters in an area owned by Mianus River Gorge Preserve. His project will be used in the conservation and restoration of local native forests.
Jack’s Eagle Service Project benefited a local, not for profit child care facility of Katonah (Country Children’s Center - CCC), New York. He designed and developed a mobile STEM Education Activity cart for use in the after-school programs. His project will benefit many children in the years to come. Jack ran a successful pre-made dinner fundraiser to support his project.
For his Eagle Scout project, Clayton redesigned and rebuilt two patient clothing storage closets at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York. The existing closets were not functional, working closely with the hospital staff, the new closets were designed to better meet the staff needs. The closets were color coded with pink for girls and blue for boys clothing. Clayton led a Taco Dinner fundraiser to support his project.
Frederick built an Information Kiosk and a walkway for the hiking trails at the Bedford Audubon Society in Katonah, New York for his Eagle Scout Project. The kiosk will include trail maps and wildlife information. The trails are well used by the local community and the new kiosk anchors an underused trail that was not well marked. Frederick ran a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser to support his project.
Griffin built a wooden dock on Lake Katonah in his neighborhood in Katonah, New York. The dock is used by the families for fishing and bird watching. The project involved removing the existing dock that was no longer usable and replacing it with a slightly larger dock that was secured on the edge of the lake. Griffin reached out directly to the Lake Katonah community to support his project.
Steven Palmesi achieved Eagle Scout 2 years ago and had his ceremony this year. He is graduating senior and is the Jr. Asst Scoutmaster for his troop.
Mark Sfreddo, a senior, achieved Eagle Scout and is currently in training to be a paramedic.
Both worked on separate projects at the Bedford Audobon Society campus on Todd Road.