By LIZ BUTTON
Four students at Eastchester High School, including a set of twins, recently achieved the highest award in scouting.
Three Boy Scouts attained Eagle Scout ranking: William Brown, a senior; Michael Poletti, a senior; and Sebastien Maroun, a sophomore, and one Girl Scout, William’s twin sister Rebecca, also a senior, achieved the ranking of Gold Scout.
Scouting is a big part of the Brown family’s history. The Brown twins’ father was also a scout, while their uncle is an Eagle Scout. Rebecca and William both joined the scouts in first grade, and their mother Lisa, a former scout herself, is the current leader of Rebecca’s Girl Scout troop.
Last November, to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, William ran a used bicycle drive, after which he cleaned and repaired 47 bicycles and donated them to Hurricane Sandy victims through an organization called “Good Goes Around.”
To get her gold rank in January, Rebecca ran a series of craft workshops for students and adults with special needs using recycled materials and also ran a badge class for a local troop of younger Brownie Girl Scouts with a focus on recycling.
The two other students who achieved scouting honors recently were both awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.
Poletti, who also serves as a student representative to the Eastchester Board of Education, repainted and cleaned the Tuckahoe Community Center and organized a blood drive.
Maroun organized an effort to create a reading garden at the Tuckahoe Library and recently presented the project details to the Tuckahoe Board of Trustees. He and fellow scouts from Bronxville Troop No. 1 plan to build a brick retaining wall along a path that leads from the library to the garden. Maroun is raising money for materials by selling engraved bricks, which will be installed in the garden and along the path.
Eastchester Superintendent of Schools Dr. Walter Moran said he is proud to commend four students who have exemplified the district’s mission statement, which reflects the importance of becoming life-long learners and contributing members of society.
The district, Moran said, strives to provide opportunities, like these for students to develop civic responsibility, global awareness and problem-solving skills.
“As recipients of the highest award in scouting, these students have distinguished themselves, their families and our community with their outstanding community service projects,” Moran said.
To attain an Eagle or Gold scout ranking, a candidate must organize and run his or her own community service project and fulfill requirements in leadership and outdoor skills.
Girl Scouts, who achieve the Gold Award as well as Eagle Scouts are also eligible for college scholarships.
Eagle Scout Awards are available to any level of Boy Scouts, up to the age of 18, while there are three awards for Girl Scouts: the Girl Scout Gold Award is available to high school scouts, while the Silver Award is given to Girl Scouts in middle school and the Bronze is for Girl Scouts in elementary school.