HOLMDEL, NJ - Andrew Migliazza, a teen from Holmdel, and a Junior at Saint John Vianney High School, was recently was awarded an Eagle Scout ranking, the highest rank a Scout can receive, in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).
Migliazza earned his high rank after years of his successful completion of outstanding public service and his demonstration of excellent leadership and project management skills. Instituted more than 100 years ago in the year 1911, only four percent of Scouts earn the Eagle Scout rank. Candidates must go through a lengthy review process after earning at least 21 merit badges and successfully complete an extensive service project. The project identified is something that the Scout leads from the planning phase through to completion, including leading and managing.
High achievement runs in the Migliazza family as Andrew's older brother Rob, became an Eagle Scout, in November of 2013 with Holmdel Boy Scout Troop 331. Andrew and Rob's mother Janice Migliazza commented, "Andrew attended Rob's Eagle Court of Honor in January 2014, and decided on the spot he wanted to be a Scout, and he wanted to be an Eagle. He joined BSA in February 2014, and set his sights on making Eagle. Both Rob and Andrew were inducted into the Order of the Arrow as well during their Scouting journeys."
After completing his badge work, rank advancements, and leadership requirements, Andrew began seeking a project for his Eagle Scout project. His older brother Rob is a volunteer firefighter with Holmdel Fire & Rescue Company #2 and suggested to his brother Andrew, that they need roof simulation props, for firefighter training. Andrew met with Chief David Farrell (also an Eagle Scout) and received approval to build the flat and pitched roof props, to benefit the firehouse. He built them along with his team in September 2019. Andrew quickly learned that in addition to his brother Rob, several members of the firehouse are also Eagle Scouts. Andrew completed the project, did the required paperwork, and passed his Board of Review in November of 2019.
Andrew commented, "I chose to build these training roof props for my Eagle Scout project because I wanted to benefit the Holmdel Fire Company. I was inspired to do this project by my brother who is a firefighter for Holmdel and also an Eagle Scout. It was rewarding to know that what I was doing would help the community, by helping the firefighters of Holmdel train. These firefighters serve our community every day and it was an unbelievable great feeling to be able to provide them with something that would actually be used for their training. I loved that I was able to give back to them, and to the community as a whole."
Eagle Scouts are presented with a significant red, white and blue ribbon badge with a prominent eagle displayed.