Four BHHS-ers Soar Like Eagles
Four BHHS-ers Soar Like Eagles: Four Byram Hills High Schools seniors were recently honored by Troop 94 of the Boy Scouts of America at St. Patrick’s Church in Armonk. There Conor Ahern, David T. Berglund, Kieran James Kenny and Michael C. Ramsey were awarded their Eagle Scout Badges in a Court of Honor ceremony.
Westchester County legislator Margaret Cunzio, North Castle Town Board members José L. Berra, Barbara W. DiGiacinto, and Barry Reiter were present at the ceremony. The boys also received proclamations from Governor Andrew Cuomo, County Executive Rob Astorino, New York State Senator George Latimer, Representative Nita Lowey and Assemblyman David Buchwald.
Since 1912 only about 5% of all Boy Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. “Achieving Eagle Scout rank is a significant milestone in a young man’s life. Having four from a single troop in a year is outstanding and says something positive about the community, schools and families of Armonk,” David Berglund Sr. told us. The boy’s Scoutmaster was Felix Carcano and Richard Skiera is the troop’s Assistant Scoutmaster.
In order to attain the rank of Eagle, a Scout must earn 21 merit badges, 11 of which are mandatory. Citizenship of the Community, Nation and World, Environmental Science, First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, Camping and Cooking and Personal Management and Fitness are some of the required eleven badges. Personal Management and Personal Fitness each require the boys to keep a three month log of activates. Try that with your teen.
The culminating aspect of achieving Eagle is the individual service project, a leadership project that must be approved by the Boy Scout Council. Each scout designs, plans and oversees the execution of their project and then recruits volunteers to do the work.
David Berglund’s Eagle project was the construction of a walking tour for Armonk’s historic St. Stephens Cemetery. Including a tour station, bench, map of the notable headstones and a pamphlet providing the historical narrative of notable Armonkians buried on the grounds. David is a member of the Byram Hills Science Research program, where he researched brain-machine interfaces and alternative methods of BMI based spellers. He will attend the University of Texas at Austin in the fall.
Michael Ramsey, a member of BHHS’s Varley Players, plays tenor sax in the school’s Wind Symphony and is a member of the school’s Jazz Band, Choir, Jazz Choir and Chamber Choir raised $9,546 to reconstruct a handicap ramp leading into parish hall of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Armonk. Michael will pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre at the University of Tampa in the fall,
Kieran Kenny, a cross-country runner, trumpet player in the school’s Wind Symphony and accomplished artist who was the only male student accepted into the AP Studio Art class at BHHS, built a 450 foot nature trail bordered by the Stations of the Cross at Armonk’s St. Patrick’s Church with the $11,200 he raised. Kieran will attend Susquehanna University in the fall.
BHHS varsity football captain, Conor Ahern, an All State player and a Westchester Chapter of the NFL Foundation’s Golden Dozen Scholar Athlete Award recipient, erected a flagpole with a stone border and granite Veterans memorial at Armonk’s St. Patrick’s Church. Conor played the tuba in the school’s Wind Symphony and was a member of the Varsity basketball team. He will attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall (RPI) where he will study engineering and play football.
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