Valley Regional High School Graduates 11 Eagle Scouts
The Valley Regional High School Class of 2020 graduating eagle scouts are, from left (front) Edward Lenz, Sean Davis, Jared Hart, and Anthony Joia; (middle) Michael Raymond, Gavin Hauswirth, and Ryan Shasha; and (back) Joseph Thomas, Sam Rutty, Carl Neubert III, and Gehrig Beighau. (Photo by Michael Rutty )
Eleven members of the Valley Regional High School Class of 2020 have earned the eagle scout rank. Having 11 eagle scouts in this year’s graduating class is more than double the national average for youth earning the highest rank in scouting. Earning the eagle scout rank is an achievement that takes many years of work to complete. The eagle scouts are members of Troop 12-Essex, Troop 13-Chester/Deep River, and Troop 38-Westbrook.
The Valley Regional High School Class of 2020 eagle scouts, their service project, and the year they earned the eagle rank are:
Gehrig Beighau, Troop 12: WWII Lego Diorama at American Heritage Museum, 2019
Sean Davis, Troop 13: Bushy Hill Nature Center Amphitheater Improvements, 2020
Jared Hart, Troop 13: United Church of Chester Sign Roof and Lighting Improvements, 2020
Gavin Hauswirth, Troop 13: McKinney Nature Center Observation Platform, 2020
Anthony Joia, Troop 13: Plattwood Park Walking Trail, 2019
Edward Lenz, Troop 13: John Winthrop Middle School Farm Classroom Arbor with Benches, 2019
Carl Neubert III, Troop 13: Hamburg Fairgrounds Directional Signs,2020
Michael Raymond, Troop 13: CT State Police K-9 Obstacle and Training Course, 2020
Samuel Rutty, Troop 13: Haddam Neck Fairgrounds Memorial Benches, 2017
Ryan Shasha, Troop 12: Essex Veterans Memorial Hall Step Replacement, 2020
Joseph Thomas, Troop 38: Westbrook Town Green Conduits, 2019
To become an eagle scout, a scout must earn 21 merit badges and advance through the seven scout ranks by learning scout and life skills while simultaneously providing leadership to their troop and service to their community. One of the final requirements for the eagle rank is to show leadership in and complete a service project that benefits the scout’s community, school, or religious institution; all work must be completed prior to the scout’s 18th birthday.
Boy Scouts of America serves youth aged 11 to 18. The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to help youth to develop their character and life skills all while having fun. There is much emphasis placed on assisting the scouts to develop into strong healthy citizens who will lead our communities and country in the years ahead. The Boy Scout of America methods help to promote these ideals through the challenge of putting them into practice with the troop program. this is done in a way that is both challenging and fun.