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Scouts recently earn top rank

Michael Andrews
Michael Andrews

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

John Berres Whitley, Troop 17, Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte, Bill Whitley.

Ransome A. Martin, Troop 447, Garr Memorial, Mint Hill, Sarah Sharpe.

Brysen James Barnette, Troop 34, Sharon Presbyterian, Charlotte, Jana Barnete.

Joel Edwin Gillison, Troop 232, St. Thomas of Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, Harrisburg, Shari and Doug Gillison.

Luke Robert Santschi, Troop 232, St. Thomas of Aquinas Roman Catholic Church, David Santschi.

Christopher James Walsh, Troop 174, St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Jane Walsh.

Karl Brett Barksdale II, Troop 107, University Park Baptist, Charlotte, Denine Barksdale.

Rodney Brandon Graves, Troop 107, University Park Baptist, Charlotte, Vanessa Graves.

Jared Andrew Beavers, Troop 447, Garr Memorial, Mint Hill, Timothy Beavers.

Heywood B. Williams-Tracy, Troop 1, Church of the Holy Comforter, Charlotte, Laura and Jeff Williams-Tracy.

Benton Sellers Bragg Jr., Troop 58, Lions Club of Davidson, Benton Bragg.

Joshua Lane White, Troop 58, Lions Club of Davidson, Mary White.

Zachary Lowell Sisk, Troop 15, St. Francis United Methodist Church, Charlotte,

Jill Sisk.

Warren Edward Babb, Troop 7, Pineville United Methodist Church, Michael Babb.

Matthew Stephen Buttafuoco, Troop 39, Matthews United Methodist Church, Bernadette Buttafuoco.

My project: I constructed two benches and six birdhouses for Lake Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. I also led the residents in painting and personalizing the birdhouses that were then mounted outside their windows for their enjoyment.

I learned the importance of having and following detailed plans. I also enjoyed seeing the residents’ faces light up when they painted.

Edward “Jed” Sander V, Troop 34, Sharon Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, Ed Sander IV.

My project: The Observer had an article about a fire at a Richardson Dog Rescue in York, S.C. Jed went there and they decided on a storage shed for his Eagle project. I learned not to wait. Start on Eagle Requirements as soon as a

Scout becomes a Life Scout.

Joshua White, Troop 58, Charlotte, Mary White.

My project: The Coltrane Life Center is an adult day care service in Concord. Their sign had been in rough shape, and was in desperate need of repair. My Eagle Scout project consisted of rebuilding the sign along with adding landscaping around the base of the new sign. This created a beautiful entrance to greet those visiting the center.

Being a good leader is a hard quality to have. I have learned that a leader is not being the person to command and control. A leader is a person who dedicates their time and abilities to set the ones they are leading up for success. Leadership is about giving the group as a whole the opportunity to succeed. Throughout my time in Scouting, I have learned how to be a great leader, and encourage other young men to do the same.

Michael Andrews, Troop 118, Stephen United Methodist Church, Charlotte, Scott and Andrea Andrews.

My project: I built three benches at an intersection of the prayer walk and trellis arbor with a swing beside and overlooking a pond at St. Matthew Catholic Church. My project included laying pavers and gravel as ground cover. I also planted shrubs around the paved area by the trellis arbor.

I learned how important it is to pay attention to the sequence and progress of the entire project without losing sight of the smaller details. I learned that when your project runs into obstacles you have to be able to think of ways to overcome them and keep things moving in the right direction.

Samuel Laliberte, Troop 9, St. Patrick Catholic Church, Charlotte, David and Connie Laliberte.

My project: My project was comprised of constructing two new benches and replacing the damaged tops of six other benches outside the main entrance of Charlotte Catholic School. The project also included some landscaping and reconditioning to existing flagstone area.

The most important thing that I learned through my Eagle project is the value of perseverance. If there is something you want and it is worth having, it likely won’t come without difficulty.

Scott Joyner, Troop 164, Providence Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, Mark and Heather Joyner.

My project: I created a brick patio in the graveyard with a bench to provide a comfortable soothing place to pray and reflect on your loved ones. I learned that sometimes things go wrong, but it’s up to you to fix it.

Jackson McFarlane, Troop 39, Matthews United Methodist Church, Scott and Lynn McFarlane.

My project: I built six picnic tables and planted six bushes for the Town of Matthews. We split up the project into two locations: Four tables at Stumptown Park and two tables at the Art Center. The tables at the park will benefit the town for public events such as Matthews Alive and the Summer Concert/Movie Series.

The most important thing I learned was that completing a project like this is not as easy as it may seem. Looking back at all the planning and time I put into the project I realized that it takes a lot to put something like that together. I raised all the money and got volunteers to help me complete the project. Being able to see the completed project and how it has benefitted the community is very rewarding.

Nicholas Walton, Troop 148, Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, David and Jeannie Walton.

My project: My project was creating audio files of beginning reader books and putting them on mp3 players. These books and mp3 players were given to Coltrane- Webb Elementary School in Concord to help children struggling to learn how to read. There were 25 mp3 players with audio files of 84 books.

I learned that it is very hard being a good leader and that being organized makes it a lot easier.

Ethan Donaher, Troop 65, Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, Robert and Teena Donaher.

My project: I disassembled a 100-year-old barn and repurposed the wood and old tin roof to build a farmers market pavilion at the Mint Hill Historical Society. Over 700 working hours went into this project.

I learned to have a flexible timeline.

Ethan Ivey, Troop 13 University City United Methodist Church, Charlotte, Shelton and Tracie Ivey.

My project: I collected cellphones for survivors of domestic abuse and repainted the silhouette statutes that are used to hold the stories of the victims of violence for Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission

I’ve learned how important it is to be involved in your community and to stand up for what you believe in. And how awareness effects change.