New Greenwich Eagle Scouts honored

Members of the class of 2014 Eagle Scouts included, from left, Vincent Hackett, Matthew Baptist, Spencer Helmrich, Zachary James and Ian Brown. –John Ferris Robben

Members of the class of 2014 Eagle Scouts included, from left, Vincent Hackett, Matthew Baptist, Spencer Helmrich, Zachary James and Ian Brown. –John Ferris Robben

It is the highest honor that a Boy Scout can receive, and last week 18 young men formally became Eagle Scouts.

At a special ceremony on May 29 at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich, Matthew Baptist, Nicholas Baratta, Ian Brown, Kyle Crocco, Robert Graham, Vincent Hackett, J.P. Hadley, Spencer Helmrich, Zachary James, Sean Keyser, Ovila LeBlanc, Tarmo LeBlanc, Javier Ignacio Moreno-Soto, Joseph Peters, Jack Seavey, Jacob Stone, Zachary Weller and Evan Wolf received the coveted rank that comes after 21 merit badges to planning and a local service project. Only four percent of all Boy Scouts become Eagles.

They were honored for their service to the community through projects like helping the Greenwich Land Trust, the Hill House Senior Residence, Neighbor to Neighbor, Greenwich Audubon and the town’s Department of Parks & Recreation. According to the Greenwich Boy Scout Council, the 2014 class of Eagle Scouts totaled 2,585 service hours through leadership of 347 volunteers.

Chief of Police James Heavey, himself an Eagle Scout from his youth in Greenwich, played a major role in the ceremony and he was hardly the only public official on hand. State. Sen. L. Scott Frantz (R-36th), a past winner of the Malcolm Pray Friend of Eagles Award from the Greenwich Council, was there as were State Rep. Fred Camillo (R-151st) and First Selectman Peter Tesei, who also won the award previously. Superintendent of Schools William McKersie served as the evening’s keynote speaker.

“We need you Eagle Scouts,” Dr. McKersie said. “We need you all, through life… It may be the man who makes the eagle, it may be the eagle that makes the man but in word and deed, keep being that Eagle Scout.”

This year the Friend of Eagles Award, named after the late Mr. Pray who was a passionate supporter of the Boy Scouts, was given to Greenwich resident Linda McMahon.

“You’ve set an example of service to others,” Ms. McMahon told the class of Eagle Scouts. “Tonight’s award ceremony should not be considered a finish line, but rather the starting gate of what I hope will continue to be a lifetime of service beyond Scouting.”

More information is available at GreenwichScouting.org.

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