Ten Scouts in Boy Scout Troop 580 earn Eagle rank in 2017

Ten Scouts in Boy Scout Troop 580 earn Eagle rank in 2017

Ten young men from Long Elementary School Boy Troop 580 earned the rank of Eagle Scout in one year. Back row, from left, are: Kevin Carpenter, Evan Knobbe, Adam Mertens and Erik Swenson. Front row, from left, are: Blake Burrus, Garrett Greeno, Jonny Stadter and George Tsichlis. Not pictured are Austin Hawkins, Dominic Lupo.

Ten boys from Boy Scout Troop 580 at Long Elementary School in Crestwood are breaking a record this year, giving back to the community in a big way as they all earn the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout in 2017.
This year’s record beats the troop’s earlier record of nine Eagle Scout awards, set in 1980. These Eagle Scouts completed the following projects to better their community:
• Sperreng eighth-grader Blake Burrusbuilt and installed two benches at Whitecliff Park.
• Lindbergh High senior Kevin Carpenter cleaned up a trail at Whitecliff Park.
• Sperreng eighth-grader Garrett Greenocleared a trail at Whitecliff Park that was 316 feet long, then lined it with logs and filled it in with mulch.
• LHS senior Austin Hawkinsbuilt footstools for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
• LHS sophomore Evan Knobbecleared at trail at the end of Morningstar Trail, which serves as an entry to Whitecliff Park for a neighboring subdivision.
• LHS senior Dominic Lupo installed shelving at Affton Christian Food Pantry to store food for the organization.
• Adam Mertens, a former Lindbergh student who attends DeSmet High School, built bat boxes for the city of Crestwood.
• LHS freshman Jonny Stadter built and installed beehives in Whitecliff Park.
• LHS senior Erik Swensonbuilt benches for elderly residents at AHEPA Apartments on Tesson Ferry Road.
• LHS sophomore George Tsichliscleaned up and expanded the trail at Claire Gempp Davidson Conservation Area.