(Smithtown, NY)… Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta joined other officials, Troop Leaders, scouts and family to congratulate the five scouts from Smithtown Troop 888 for attaining the rank of Eagle Scout at a ceremony at Schubert Pavilion near Long Beach in Nissequogue.“What these young men have accomplished by the age of 18 is incredible and it is something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives,” said Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta. “I am very proud of them and hope they will be an inspiration to the younger scouts,” added Trotta.
The following scouts received the rank of Eagle Scout on June 19:
Nicholas Caporale, an 11th Grade Student at Smithtown High School West, designed and installed a turtle-resting platform at Caleb Smith State Park in Smithtown. Nick sold first aid kits to raise the money for his Eagle Scout Project.
Jack Haggerty, an 11th Grade Student at Smithtown High School West, redesigned the garden in front of the Suffolk County Legislature’s Building in Hauppauge. The new garden contains sustainable plants and enhances the appearance of the front of the building.
Matthew Lang, a 12th Grade Student at Sequoya High School/Eastern Suffolk BOCES, built puppy-training cubes for the puppies at the Guide Dog Foundation in Smithtown. He built eight brand new ones and refurbished the seven existing cubes.
Brian O’Reilly, an 11th Grade student at Smithtown High School West, organized several bone drives for Gift of Life, a charitable organization that helps those battling blood cancers. He raised over $4000 at his car wash and signed up 128 donors. To date, his drive has successfully matched a donor for a 25-year-old man with leukemia.
Michael Schroeder, a 12th Grade student at Hauppauge High School, constructed puppy training boxes and benches for the Guide Dog Foundation in Smithtown. The boxes will help train the puppies to become service dogs, and the benches will provide seating and storage in the training area.
Pictured at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor are from left to right: Eagle Scouts Jack Haggerty, Matthew Land, Brian O’Reilly, Suffolk County Legislator Rob Trotta, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, Eagle Scouts Nicholas Caporale and Michael Schroeder.