FROM STAFF REPORTS
Aurora -- Boy Scout Troop 269 honored Eagle Scout Brett Poremba recently during a Court of Honor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.
The rank of Eagle is the highest a boy can achieve in Boy Scouts. The Scout must complete 21 merit badges, including 13 that are required, and must be active in his troop and take a leadership role.
He also must plan, develop and execute a service project that benefits a group other than Boy Scouts. Only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts earn Eagle status.
During the ceremony, Troop 269 Scoutmaster Dave Stafford presented Poremba with the Eagle Award, including a patch, medal and special neckerchief. He also received a U.S flag that was flown over the United States Capitol at the request of U.S. Rep. David Joyce.
Aurora Mayor Ann Womer-Benjamin presented Poremba with a proclamation. "It was interesting to learn how active Boy Scouts are in Aurora and how much 'service' is instilled in the boys," she said.
Poremba presented his mother with an Eagle Scout mother's pin for her dedication and support throughout his Scouting career. He gave Greg Pollock and Maria Stafford mentor's pins for their guidance.
For his service project, Poremba built a brick walkway / border along the perimeter of the parking area in front of Craddock School. The border was needed to reduce erosion and prevent dirt and mud from being tracked into the school.
The project also consisted of enhancing the landscaping in front of the school with additional bushes and flowers.
To raise funds to complete the project, he conducted a pizza party at the campus of Anna Maria.
HE ALSO received assistance from the community, and wishes to thanks Rick Mazanec for the use of his pulverizer and tractor, Twinsburg Sand and Gravel for donating sand and gravel, and Jeff Griff of Lowe's Greenhouse for a discount on shrubs and flowers.
"I am thankful for the support of the community, adult leaders and the youth that helped him complete the project for the Aurora schools," Poremba said.
He led a team of more than 20 volunteers who donated about 200 man hours to complete the project. "On the path to Eagle Scout, I learned the importance of commitment and dependability, preparing me for the future," he said.
Poremba is the son of Ed and Joanne Poremba of Aurora, and will attend the Cleveland Institute of Art starting in September.
While at Aurora High School, he was a member of the marching and symphonic bands and served as drum major. He found time for the indoor drum line, show choir and chamber choir, theater, drama club and cross country.
"Even with all the activities I was involved with in school, the community and church, I still managed to accomplish my goal of Eagle Scout," Poremba said. "Parents and leaders in the troop know how tough it is to manage everything and they work with you to help you achieve the goal."
Troop 269 meets Thursday evenings at OLPH. For details about the troop, visit www.troop269.org or call Stafford at 330-995-0277. Troop 269 welcomes boys who are 11 years old or have completed the fifth grade.