EDISON, NJ - The highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout Award was earned recently by Joseph Kanevsky, 17, a junior from Edison High School

A member of Troop 110 in Edison, Kanevsky is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank nationwide, according to the Boy Scouts of America.

Each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project to earn the rank of Eagle. With help from the scouts, his family, and local businesses, Kanevsky chose to update the landscaping and refurbished two planter boxes that were unsafe and in need of repair at the Knights of Columbus, Chapter 1146 in Rahway.

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Watch Kanevsky's project transformation of the Knights of Columbus building.

Kanevsky belongs to the Achievement Via Individual Determination program at Edison High School, a program he credits in part for giving him the determination to reach the highest award in scouts. AVID is a college preparatory program that was started at Edison High School three years ago when Kanevsky was a freshman.

"Joe Kanevsky embodies what the AVID program is all about," said Tara Campos, the district director of the AVID program. "He is a role model in school and within the community."

AVID targets students in the academic ‘middle’ and helps them prepare for and succeed in colleges and universities. This past summer, Kanevsky traveled to the AVID Summer Institute in Philadelphia, PA where he served as a student representative for EHS and honed his leadership skills.

Kanevsky is also a recent inductee into the National Honor Society, holds a Varsity Letter for Edison High School Cross Country.  He earned his Eagle rank in September but will be officially recognized in a ceremony on January 31, 2015 at Wesley United Methodist Church.