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Eagle Scout of the Year recently honored

Sebastian Nabatoff, left, 2014 Eagle Scout of the Year with Steve Jegier, Mecklenburg County Council Executive Board member and vice president of marketing.
Sebastian Nabatoff, left, 2014 Eagle Scout of the Year with Steve Jegier, Mecklenburg County Council Executive Board member and vice president of marketing. COURTESY OF SCOTT WHITLOCK

Last month, the Mecklenburg County National Eagle Scout Association presented its annual Eagle Scout of the Year award to Sebastian Nabatoff.

Nabatoff is a senior at Charlotte Latin High School. He was selected based on his accomplishments as an Eagle Scout and his plans to give back to Scouting and to his community. With this award comes a $1,000 scholarship.

The award was presented at the 100th anniversary celebration of Boy Scouts in Charlotte. The guest speaker was Mayor Daniel Clodfelter.

Here is the most recent list of Eagle Scouts and information they submitted to the Mecklenburg County Scout office. Information includes the Scout’s name, troop number and sponsor, parents’ names and, in some cases, a description of their project.

Jonathan Arnall

Parents: Steve and Elizabeth Arnall

Troop 118, St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church

“My Eagle project consisted of creating a landscaped area across from the columbarium at Christ Lutheran Church. The work consisted of adding many flowers and plants as well as two patios and benches. This project is dedicated to my grandpa, who is in the columbarium. I learned that leadership is a necessary part of any project or task.”

Desmond Woodburn

Parents: Yolanda Turner and Jarvis Woodburn

Troop 67, Ebenezer Baptist Church

“The goal of my project was to create an outdoor chapel. It consists of six benches, a cross, a podium and a prayer box. My project serves as a meditation area for members of the nearby community. The most important thing I learned in completing my Eagle project was being an assertive leader at times is key.”

Benjamin Morris

Parents: Chuck and Tess

Troop 116

“I built a 12-by-24-foot shed at Final Harvest Ministries in downtown Charlotte. The shed will store clothes to be given to those in need. It took several weeks and over 200 man hours to complete. The most important thing I learned is how to lead a group through a long, difficult project.”

James ‘Giacomo’ Fagan IV

Parents: Giacomo and Kami Fagan

Troop 9, Charlotte Catholic High School

“My project was to replace a fence and create an area where students could relax. The fence was a split rail and was in bad need of repair. The issue was age, weathering and years of people sitting on the fence have made it an eyesore. I replaced the fence and added to the area by building a few simple sturdy benches so kids would have additional places to hang out. Leadership was one most important thing I learned. I learned to be a leader you need patience, since of humor, sternness, quick and to the point speech, and should lead by example.’

Banks Dupree

Parents: David and Jane Dupree

Troop 72, Bethel Presbyterian Church

“For my Eagle Scout project I decided to build an outdoor patio for Bethel Church’s Youth Group House. I cleared the space directly behind the house and built a concrete patio. I also built a picnic table and a regular table for them to eat and serve food on. I then completed it with adding bushes along the perimeter of the patio. The most important thing I learned was definitely scheduling and time management.”

Keon Regisford

Parent: Decima Regisford

Troop 67, Ebenezer Baptist Church

“My project was to build two park benches at Sugaw Creek Recreational Park for public use. I learned how to organize service projects that can benefit the community while also improving my leadership skills.”

Alex Anderson

Parents: Becky and Tommy Anderson

Troop 167, Good Shepherd UMC

“My project was the design and installation of a fire pit and benches for my church, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, at their Zoar Road Outreach Center. They wanted to create a special outdoor area for where various groups could come and gather in worship. The most important trait that I learned on the path to becoming an Eagle Scout is leadership. I learned how to properly show and give leadership in my troop and community.”

James Carter

Parents: Thomas and Shirley Carter

Troop 67, Hornets

“I selected Northridge Middle School as the place to conduct my Eagle Scout project. On hot spring days when the Hawks and I used to take the field and give our hearts every inning, we longed for some shade while in the dugouts. The roofs were put on the dugouts November 2014.

“I learned how to manage a large group of people, manage time and direct others. This project has taught me that I can do anything that I put my mind to. The intense amount of planning and setbacks due to weather made the project a huge success after completion.”

Tommy Jegier

Parents: Steve and Michelle

Troop 15, St. Francis United Methodist Church

“I installed three benches and a welcome sign in front of the Providence High School gymnasium, as well as beautifying the surrounding area. Along with the benches, I constructed a concrete slab to extend the sidewalk, making the sitting area handicap accessible. I also installed 16 Soft Touch hollies and 2 Loropetalum bushes, as well as mulch to make the area look more visually appealing. Finally, I constructed two other frames for existing signs to be put up in other locations around the school, to help visitors and parents find their way around campus. I learned about the power of strong leadership. I had to be very specific with what I told the Scouts and made sure they had everything they needed.”