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Newest group to earn Scouting’s highest honor

Nicholas Tennant
Nicholas Tennant

Here is the most recent list of Eagle Scouts. Information was submitted by the Mecklenburg County Council Boy Scouts of America. The information includes name, troop number, troop sponsor and parents names. In some cases the Eagle Scout submitted a brief description of his project.

Edward Kennon McGavran, Troop 55, Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Ted and Melanie McGavran.

Dylan Barrett Jones, Troop 323, Journey Church of Lake Norman, Mooresville, Mike Jones.

Gavin Andrew Barnhart, Troop 405, St. Martins Episcopal Church, Charlotte, Jeff Barnhart.

Ryan Beman McMillan, Troop 15, St. Francis United Methodist, Charlotte, Margaret Divish.

Keaton Scott Prevette, Troop 17, Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte, Allen and Jeanna Prevette.

Samuel Joseph Miano, Troop 15, St. Francis United Methodist, Charlotte, Bert Miano.

Aidan Joseph Fox, Troop 159, Windrow Homeowners Association, Mint Hill, Joe and Eileen Fox.

Joshua Ezequiel Krueger, Troop 406, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Carmel Ward, Waxhaw, Jaymes Krueger.

Nathan Zhao Chen, Troop 7, Pineville United Methodist Church, Jack Chen.

David Nathanael Krein, Troop 7, Pineville United Methodist, Mark and Rebecca Krein.

Andrew Gillogly, Troop 112, Forest Hill Church, Waxhaw; Matthew Gillogly.

Jonathan Williamson Brown, Troop 34, Sharon Presbyterian Church, Meredith and Stephen Brown.

Ezra F. Vizcarra, Troop 215, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Charlotte,

Felipe Vizcarra.

Nicholas Tennant, Troop 19, Huntersville Presbyterian Church, John and Fran Tennant.

Project: Nicholas organized and refinished the garage area at Lydia's Loft. Overall the project took over 200 hours for planning executing. The project included cleaning and painting the garage, installing braces and rods to hang clothing and building bookshelves to hold books and toys. He chose the project to help provide a better environment for those in need to find clothing, books, toys and small household items for their families. His three keys to a successful project are planning, organization, and building a great team.

Jonathan Webster, Troop 33, Sardis Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, Jonathan and Janthi Webster.

Project: I built and installed permanent benches in front of an outdoor whiteboard at McClintock Middle School to create an outdoor classroom. Planning and completing construction projects takes a lot of time and effort, but the results are worth it.

Nicholas Zanzot, Troop 19, Kim and Mark Zanzot.

Project: I created and designed eight planter benches to be placed around Hough High School. Every year, Hough’s population of students and staff increases, and there is very limited seating around the outside of the school. People every day, whether it is during lunch or before and after school, need a place to sit. Recently, because of the increased population, there have been many kids needing to stand. I chose my project to give students and faculty a place to sit down, and add to the beautification of the school. The Boy Scouts of America has forever changed my life. This organization taught me how to be a good leader, a good citizen, but most of all, it taught me that everyone has a chance to make a difference.

Trent Merrell, Troop 65, Philadelphia Presbyterian Church, Rob and Melissa Merrell.

Project: Trent renovated a courtyard space at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church for a Memorial Garden in memory of Jeannette B. Flowe and several other church families. Old, overgrown shrubs and plants were removed, and several new flowering varieties were brought in with a new tree as the centerpiece. Three new benches were constructed to a height easier to sit and stand, along with the renovation of the bird bath illustrated with the Scout Law.

I learned firsthand the importance of project leadership and managing others, including your sibling and family members. I wanted to create a fun work environment where we could learn landscaping and carpentry. I wanted every volunteer to feel as much pride in their work as I had for this project. Most important, I wanted the Flowe family and the church to be happy with the courtyard.

Omtej Vallabhapuram, Troop 148, Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, Ravi and Aruna Vallabhapuram.

Project: My Eagle Project was a wooden sign to arch over the entrance to the Alex Garrison Amphitheater in the woods next to Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church. It will read “Alex Garrison Amphitheater” “MCPC Prayer Garden.” This project’s benefit is that the sign can be seen from the parking lot and thus invites attention to the amphitheater. The hoped impact is to increase use of the amphitheater by church patrons. During the last part of my project when I was at residential school, I had trouble organizing enough people. Learned to be flexible and ensure to plan ahead.

Caleb Wallace, Troup 122, Friends of Homeschool, Dan and Marilyn Wallace.

Project: My project benefited Shining Hope Farms an organization whose mission is to enable children and adults with disabilities to achieve functional goals through the use of equine assisted activities and Hippotherapy. They had erosion issues on one of their trails. Railroad ties were repositioned in some locations and all were anchored with re-bar to secure them and prevent the washing away of the trail material. Brush and branches also were removed from the center of the trail to improve the appearance of the trail. Large projects need a lot of details and organization in the planning in order to carry it out well.

Victor Leeser, Troop 119, South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church, Ken Leeser, Karen Kaufeld.

Project: My Eagle Project was to install two high-quality metal framed, wood benches facing the playground at Hawkridge Elementary School. There was no seating available for moms or teachers and the benches were really needed. They have been heavily used since we installed them. Thorough planning and preparation are the keys to a good project.

Hunter Jaekel, Troop 323, Journey Church, Dirk and Kimberly Jaekel.

Project: I chose to do my Eagle Scout project at the Carolina Raptor Center. After looking at different ideas for a project, I decided to make folding medical tables for the raptor enclosures. They asked for at least 10 tables so I decided to make 20 medical tables order to provide tables for current and future needs. When not in use, the tables mount flush to the wall so that the raptors can move around safely within the enclosure. When in use, the tables fold down so that the caretakers have an easily accessible table for their medical supplies and a surface for the bird itself if need be. The most important thing that I learned in completing my project is that people can be very helpful if you simply ask them to be. They are willing to do a lot for a good cause such as helping the raptors.

Justin Scott, Troop 63, Chris & Angelique Burris.

Project: My Eagle Scout project consists of making fold up weighing tables for the Carolina Raptor Center. These wooden tables will allow the bird handlers to have a place for their equipment and supplies to take care of the birds. This is a need that the bird handlers have at the Carolina Raptor Center to care for the precious birds. The most important thing that I have learned is communication is key to being a good leader. The team must have a true leader. There is a time to play and a time to be serious. Leaders have to know the difference.

Michael Bidencope, Troop 17, Jennie and Damon Bidencope.

Project: I constructed an improved and safer boat storage system at the N.C. Community Sailing & Rowing at Lake Norman. Convenient supports for trailer storage were also constructed. I enjoyed the community aspects of gathering a group together to achieve a beneficial result for the sailing center.

Parker Brandon Schmid, Troop 122, Friends of Homeschool, Paul and Jamie Schmid.

Project: For his Eagle Project, Parker built 2 informational kiosks for the Carolina Raptor Center. These kiosks were placed along the trail leading to the “Lambriecht Owl Flight Cage” and will be used to provide information about the owls in residence to patrons on guided tours of the exhibit.

In completing my Eagle project I learned that good communication, proper planning, and hard work are vital to the successful and timely completion of any project. However, as often happens in life, this project was not finished without some difficulty. I am particularly grateful for an unexpected problem that occurred the day before my initial project workday, which required me to act quickly and creatively to resolve the problem with respect toward those involved. In working through this situation I grew in confidence and learned some valuable life lessons. While working on my Eagle project I also was reminded that being an effective leader involves not just giving orders, but respecting, listening to, and working alongside others to accomplish a common goal.

Jacob Cobb, Troop 23, Christ United Methodist Church, Barbra and Alan Wetzel.

Project: I built a memorial wall and Memorial Garden at the Carolina Raptor Center. I wanted to give the employees a place to relax and where they can also enjoy the memory of their favorite Birds. There will be plaques on the walls to honor the birds that have died. Hard work pays off in the end.

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