ROSELAND, NJ – Livingston High School music teacher Michael Jedwabnik’s son, Trevor Jedwabnik, was honored at the Roseland Borough Council meeting on Tuesday for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouting program.

The Roseland resident has achieved 41 badges as a member of Boy Scouts of America Troop 3, which is 20 badges above the average for an Eagle Scout.

“Scouting provides the foundation, training and leadership skills that prepare our youth to be the leaders of tomorrow,” said Roseland Mayor John Duthie. “Trevor serves as an example to youth through his high level of personal achievement, leadership and community service and has made the Borough of Roseland very proud.”

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Boy Scouts of America encourages Eagle Scout candidates to complete projects to improve their neighborhoods, their community and the region. Jedwabnik’s project was to design and build a waterproof storage bin for the Mt. Pleasant Animal Shelter, which remains on site as not only a reminder of his hard work and dedication, but also because it serves an important purpose for the animals.

“They had a bunch of toys there that were getting weathered and destroyed, so I talked to them and we decided to build this box,” said Jedwabnik. “I raised the money using a funding source and was able to complete the project in about two weeks’ time. I feel like it was a way to give back because I’ve grown up with multiple dogs, all of them from that shelter, and they gave something to my family so I decided to give something to their family.”

Duthie added that this presentation was significant to him because he served as the Den Leader for Jedwabnik’s Cub Scout pack more than a decade ago.

“For me, it’s a special occasion to see guys like Trevor, who started off in my Cub Scout pack, come all the way through and be successful candidates for Eagle Scouts,” said Duthie. “Anyone who knows anything about Scouting would be impressed by Trevor.”

Jedwabnik said he learned many skills through Scouting—some that he loved, like horseback riding, and others that he didn’t. However, he said each skill has contributed to the man he is today, and that he will now be able to give back to his community as an Eagle Scout.

The mayor and council presented Jedwabnik with an official proclamation on Tuesday acknowledging his achievements.