SPARTA, NJ – A Sparta High School student and Eagle Scout Gregory Puszcz recently received the Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award. 

"I was honored to receive this award and am proud to uphold the mission of West Point as someone recognized as a leader striving to make society better than it was before," Puszcz said.

Gregory Puszcz is the second member of his family to travel to the United States Military Academy at West Point to receive the honor. His brother Brendan made the trip with his parents in 2016. 

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His brothers John and Brendan are also Eagle Scouts from Sparta Troop 150. For his Eagle project, Gregory Puszcz’s Eagle created a prayer garden at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha church.  He built and installed a rustic cedar cross and cedar turtle representing the Native American Clan of the church’s namesake.

He is on the varsity lacrosse team at Sparta High School where he also serves as the Junior Class Presidents. Puszcz is the Sparta High School Student Council liaison to the Sparta Education Foundation. 

Puszcz is the Deputy Chief Squire of the Columbian Squires at Saint Kateri Tekawitha church.

The Dwight D. Eisenhower Leadership Award recognizes high school juniors who exhibit exceptional performance in the areas of academics, athletics, community service, good citizenship and leadership.