Nicolas Ford, Joseph Radichel, Eric Radichel, Brandon Marolt, Andrew Ford Rodrick Robins
and Cody Ford
Brandon Goehri Nicholas Rosario La Trae Lane
Paul Feldmann Joseph Maltzman, Sean Butler and Sean Owens
HSD is proud to support the 13 District students who have earned the Boy Scouts’ highest honor, Eagle Scout.
In order to become an Eagle Scout, boys progress through ranks in a specific order; earn 21 merit badges; serve six months in a troop leadership position; plan, develop and give leadership to a service project for any religious organization or any school or community; take part in a Scoutmaster conference; and successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.
The 13 HSD Eagle Scouts are:
• Sean Butler, a senior at Hazelwood West High School from Troop 942
• Paul Feldmann, a senior at Hazelwood West High School from troop 921
• Andrew Ford, a junior at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 829
• Nicolas Ford, a senior at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 829
• Cody Ford, a senior at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 829
• Brandon Goehri, a senior at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 600
• La Trae Lane, a senior at Hazelwood West High School from Troop 600
• Joseph Maltzman, a senior at Hazelwood West High School from Troop 740
• Brandon Marolt, a junior at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 884
• Sean Owens, a senior at Hazelwood West High School from Troop 829
• Joseph Radichel, a sophomore at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 702
• Eric Radichel, a freshman at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 702
• Rodrick Robins, a senior at Hazelwood Central High School from Troop 551
• Nicholas Rosario, an eighth grader at Hazelwood North Middle School from Troop 551
The service projects varied in scope, but all the Scouts said the planning took much longer than the actual execution of the
Brothers Andrew, Nicolas and Cody Ford all did their projects at Marygrove Children’s Center. Andrew built a recreational garden, Cody rebuilt the entrance garden and Andrew helped restore some of the landscaping.
Joseph and Eric Radichel, also brothers, completed their service projects at the Kinloch Learning Center. Joesph painted a map of the United States and four-square and hopscotch boards. Eric built a nature trail pathway and a fire pit.
Rosario and Maltzaman built dog houses for the Humane Society of Missouri.
“It took me about three Saturdays to build the dog house; it was a pretty involved build,” said Roasrio. “It is insulated on all sides with a detachable roof to make it easier to clean.”
Marolt and Goehri built benches. Goehri built a bench for the St. Louis County Library Jamestown Bluff branch. Marolt built eight benches for Babler State Park’s outdoor education center. Owens built an information board for the Old Coldwater School in the Hazelwood School District. Butler built a 8 x 4 foot picnic table for the Black Jack Fire Protection District. Robins built a podium for a teacher at Hazelwood Central High School.
Feldmann constructed a stone border around the St. Ferdinand Church electronic sign on Charbonier Road in Florissant. He also designed and organized the plantings around the sign inside of the stone border.
“I was proud to be able to beautify my neighborhood parish grounds,” said Feldmann. “Even though I’m not a member of the parish, I have participated with the parish’s athletic association and have volunteered there for the past three years.”
Lane, who built a bench to sit outside of Russell Elementary School, said he was happy to be able to give back to his community.
"I am really glad I had the opportunity to give back to the community that helped make me the person I am today," said Lane. "The experience has left me with a lasting sense of accomplishment."
All the Scouts agree it is a great honor to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, and said they learned quite a bit during the process.
“I learned a whole lot during the process,” said Nicolas Ford. “Only about four percent of Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle Scout. To say that I’m a part of that four percent is a huge honor.”
Goehri said becoming an Eagle Scout was a goal he had set for himself early on.
“I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t involved in scouts,” said Goehri. “I knew this was something I wanted to do. I set the goal to become an Eagle Scout and I have accomplished that. I am very proud of that.”
Marolt said being an Eagle Scout means that they are now all held to a high standard.
“When people find out you are an Eagle Scout, they treat you differently,” said Marolt. “We’re held to a higher standard, and we have to act to it. It’s part of the responsibility of being an Eagle Scout.”
Eric Radichel said as Eagle Scouts, they are role models to the younger scouts.
“Being seen as roles models is something that we take pretty seriously,” said Radichel.
Robins is glad to be seen as a role model and a leader.
“It’s a great thing to be regarded as a leader among your peers and the community,” said Robins. “We have the opportunity to affect positive outcomes in our community.”
Rosario called earning his Eagle Scout a special thing.
“Earning my Eagle has been such a special experience for me,” said Rosario. “It was a great process to go through. I have met some great friends through Scouts. I’m honored to be an Eagle Scout.”
Owens and Maltzman agree they are proud to be called Eagle Scouts, but are glad to be done with the tedious process.
“I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders, but it was an experience that was very much worth it,” said Owens. “We have all been scouts for so long; becoming an Eagle Scout was only natural. Why give up when we’ve already put so much into scouting?”
Butler agreed with Owens.
“I’ve been in Boy Scouts since I was old enough to be a Cub Scout. I wanted to follow through with the whole scouting process. And now not only can I say I have, but I have the honor and privilege of calling myself an Eagle Scout,” said Butler.
According to The Boy Scouts of America website, the average number of hours spent on Eagle Scout projects is 130. In 2011, more than 51,000 earned the rank of Eagle Scout. From 1912 to 2011, more than two million Boy Scouts became Eagle Scouts. Some of the more notable Eagle Scouts are President Gerald Ford; Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton; explorer Steve Fossett; Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates; MLB all-star Shane Victorino and actor Jon Heder, who stared in Napoleon Dynamite.
Eagle Scout information provided to HSD Communications by The Greater St. Louis Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and HSD staff members.