Several years of dedication is required to become an Eagle Scout and that's just what 11 Hazelwood School District (HSD) students did to earn the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America's highest honor.
To become an Eagle Scout, the young men must progress through ranks in a specific order. Certain achievements have to be made including earning 21 merit badges and serving six months in a troop leadership position. Each scout must also plan, develop and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization or any school or community; and take part in a Scoutmaster conference. Once this has been accomplished the scout must successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.
The 11 HSD Eagle Scouts are:
- Sean Butler, a senior at Hazelwood West High School from Troop 942
- Andrew Ford, a junior at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 829
- Nicolas Ford, a senior at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 829
- Cody Ford, a senior at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 829
- Joseph Maltzman, a senior at Hazelwood West High School from Troop 740
- Brandon Marolt, a junior at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 884
- Sean Owens, a senior at Hazelwood West High School from Troop 829
- Joseph Radichel, a sophomore at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 702
- Eric Radichel, a freshman at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 702
- Rodrick Robins, a senior at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 551
- Nicholas Rosario, an eighth grader at Hazelwood North Middle School from Troop 551
According to an HSD statement, brothers Andrew, Nicolas and Cody Ford all did their projects at Marygrove Children’s Center. Andrew built a recreational garden, Cody rebuilt the entrance garden and Andrew helped restore some of the landscaping.
Joseph and Eric Radichel, also brothers, completed their service projects at the Kinloch Learning Center. Joesph painted a map of the United States and four-square and hopscotch boards. Eric built a nature trail pathway and a fire pit.
Rosario and Maltzaman built dog houses for the Humane Society of Missouri.
Marlot built eight benches for Babler State Park’s outdoor education center.
Owens built an information board for the Old Coldwater School in the Hazelwood School District.
Bulter built a 8 x 4 foot picnic table for the Black Jack Fire Protection District. Robins built a podium for a teacher at Hazelwood Central High School.
According to The Boy Scouts of America website, the average number of hours spent on Eagle Scout projects is 130. In 2011, more than 51,000 earned the rank of Eagle Scout.