March 18, 2013 at 8:06 AM
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Eagle Scout Troop 1 in New Providence held an Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church honoring Andrew Norton, son of their Scoutmaster, Greg Norton.
The ceremony consisted of several people speaking on behalf of Andrew, praising his accomplishments as an Eagle Scout.
Norton received the Eagle Award, Bronze Palm pin which signifies that Norton has received more than 20 badges and several letters and certificates from governmental officials such as President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former presidents George Bush, George H. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. He also received a letter from Governor Chris Christie as well as several others.
Marcella Gencarelli, manager of the Berkeley Heights office of Hilltop Community Bank and member of the Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights presented Andrew Norton with the Rotary Certificate of Achievement, together with an art print titled "Eagle Scout Court of Honor,"signed by Joseph Csatari, the official artist of the Boy Scouts of America. The print was provided courtesy of Dr. Hal Daume, past president of the Rotary Club.
To add to Norton’s gifts, he also received an American flag that once flew over Congress.
In Norton’s Eagle Response, he explained that through being an Eagle Scout and completing his Eagle Scout project, which consisted of revamping the band room at his high school by adding rubber flooring and shelving to protect the instruments, he learned several lessons.
“Boy Scouts prepare young men for life. Through Boy Scouts I have gained maturity, leadership and preference,” Norton said.
The 15-year-old said to those in attendance that he has learned that “you will never fail if you just try.”
“I think it’s a great program and I’m really happy for my new position as Senior Patrol Leader,” Norton told TheAlternativePress.com explaining that since he has completed his life rank requirements, this is the next step on his Eagle Scout journey.
Scoutmaster Michael Wagner praised Norton’s 10 years of hard work for the troop.
“Andrew is an incredible young man who has done a lot for the troop and has matured over the years,” Wagner said. “His Eagle Scout project was awesome. He completely turned the room around, you couldn’t even recognize it.”
Wagner told TheAlternativePress.com that he is thrilled to have the Norton continue his journey with Eagle Scouts and he is confident he will exceed his expectations in his new position.
“We are very fortunate and I really look forward to working with Andrew going forward,” Wagner said.