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Sherborn teens to become Eagle Scouts

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Boy Scouts of America, Troop 1, Sherborn, invites friends and neighbors from Sherborn to attend an Eagle Court of Honor for Jeffrey Carl Kennan and James Alyanakian Whitaker.

Both of these young men have recently completed all the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout and will receive the award at the Eagle Court of Honor ceremony to be held on Sunday, January 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Pilgrim Church in Sherborn. The rank of Eagle is the highest award in Scouting and is earned by less than 4 percent of Scouts.

Both of these scouts have earned at least 21 different merit badges, including 13 Eagle-required badges. Each scout has also performed many hours of community service and has organized and carried out an Eagle Leadership Service Project for the community with help from fellow scouts in Troop 1.

Kennan demolished and reconstructed a fenced enclosure at St. Theresa Parish in Sherborn. The previous enclosure was structurally unsound, unsightly, and did not close properly. He removed this enclosure, altered the terrain so that it was suitable for the new structure, and constructed a new, fresh, vinyl enclosure. Additionally, he landscaped the area around the new enclosure to beautify the area.

Whitaker designed and conducted a survey delivered to over 1,000 local teenagers to determine what they would like to see as part of the new teen area in the Sherborn Library. He drafted the survey and used a group of scouts in his troop as a focus group to “test” the questions.

Whitaker then circulated the survey to all students at Dover-Sherborn Middle School and High School. He also forwarded the survey to all the scouts in his local troop and asked them to forward it to their friends, fellow athletes, etc.

He set a deadline for responding and offered entry into a raffle for a gift certificate as an incentive to students to complete the survey. He received over 200 responses. The results were compiled via Survey Monkey and the final report submitted to the Sherborn Library in June 2015.

In addition, both of these scouts have held numerous leadership positions within the troop and have participated in high-adventure activities.

These are the latest two Eagle Scouts from Sherborn Boy Scout Troop 1, which has been serving the town of Sherborn for over 80 years. The troop is comprised of boys from grades 6 through 12 and is led by an elected Senior Patrol Leader. The troop is supported by many active adult volunteers and is financially self-supporting.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and to prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime to achieve their full potential.

All are invited to the Pilgrim Church in Sherborn at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 24 to congratulate Kennan and Whitaker on their outstanding achievement and to thank them for their contributions to our community.

For additional information, call Kim Gregory at 508-650-1850.

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