Since 1945, Boy Scouts of America Troop 17, chartered through St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Short Hills, New Jersey has had 107 young men attain the rank of Eagle Scout.

On Thursday evening, June 11, Troop 17 concluded their scouting year in celebratory fashion by awarding 3 young men the highest advancement award the Boys Scout of America offers to a Scout, the Eagle Scout Award.

Noticeably absent from the Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremonies, was the Troop’s own ironman, Scoutmaster Ken Fineran.  Mr. Fineran hadn’t missed a ceremony since becoming Scoutmaster in 1979, but excused, as he was comfortably recovering from a medical procedure that ended his remarkable streak.  Troop Committee Chairman, James McKenna read an inspirational note from Mr. Fineran, that quickly ensured the presence of Mr. Fineran’s scouting spirit.

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“The trail to the rank of Eagle Scout is not an easy one. The use of the word “trail” as a metaphor for all the work that goes into earning this rank is appropriate. But the challenges that one meets on the hiking trail and those on the way to the Eagle rank are very different. Not that both don’t encounter hardships along the way but the way to the Eagle rank involves social challenges by peers and encountering other interests as one grows and matures.  It takes dedication to continue the quest for Eagle and like the path we hike on, there are individuals we encounter on the way that are willing to help such as brother Scouts, friends, leaders and of course family.  Strong family support makes the difference. These three young men, Peter [Sana], Nick [Magnotti] and Will [Faughnan] have successfully hiked the Eagle rank trail and I’m proud to welcome them to the Eagle Scout “band of brothers”.  

Assistant Scoutmaster Bob Dries proudly presented each of the scouts their Eagle during a Court of Honor ceremony.

Peter Lawrence Sanna – age 18, son of Bob and Marie Sanna of Short Hills, has been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Will earned his Arrow of Light from Cub Scout Pack 17 and crossed over to Troop 17 in 2007. Peter is a graduate of Morristown Beard School where he was a four year varsity letterman on both the ski team and golf team. Peter understanding the importance of service, had volunteered the last few years as a ski instructor and mentor to kids with physical and mental disabilities in a program called the Adaptive Sports Foundation.  As a boy scout, he is member of the Order of the Arrow, served two years as a Patrol Leader and a year as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. In 2010, he attended the Boy Scout National Jamboree at Fort AP Hill in Virginia. His Eagle Scout service project was the design and leading of an orienteering course at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum in Short Hills. Peter will be attending Trinity College this fall and is considering business school and a pre-Law curriculum.

Nicholas Peter Magnotti – age 18, son of Fran and Frank Magnotti of Millburn, has been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Nick earned his Arrow of Light from Cub Scout Pack 17 and crossed over to Troop 17 in 2008. Nick is a graduate of St. Peter’s Prep where he was a National Honor Society and National French Honor Society scholar. Nick was a member of the wrestling team, volleyball team, and the Track and Field squad.  He captained the varsity bowling team, and was a member of a myriad of state and nationally recognized engineering and academic clubs.  As a boy scout, he completed Boy Scout National Youth Leader Training and used the management and leadership skills learned there to become a Troop 17 Patrol Leader, a position he held for two years and then Senior Patrol Leader in 2012. His Eagle Scout service project was one for which he fully funded and led the construction of several picnic tables that were handicap accessible for the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland. Nick will be attending Northeastern University’s University Scholars and Honors programs this Fall as a mechanical engineering major with an eye towards a career in either automotive, aerospace, or fitness technologies design.

William Launay Faughnan - age 18, son of Richard and Jeanine Faughnan of South Orange, has been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Will earned his Arrow of Light from Cub Scout Pack 17 and crossed over to Troop 17 in 2007. Earlier this month, Will graduated from Oratory Prep where he participated in a number of social and academic clubs and was a member of the Track and Field team and Fencing club. As a boy scout, he is a member of the Order of the Arrow and has served in various Troop 17 leadership positions - Historian, Instructor and OA Rep, and was Senior Patrol Leader during summer camp two years ago. His Eagle Scout service project raised money for school supplies for disadvantaged students in Haiti. Will will be attending Skidmore College this fall pursuing a career in either computer science or environmental science.


During the year in review recap, Senior Patrol Leader Will Ryan presented First Class Scout Ryan Cannon, the Den Chief Service award for his exemplary service to Cub Scout Pack 17 as a Den Chief to Den 4.  Pack 17 Scoutmaster Matt Levine, Co-den leaders, Mike Pilarski and Mike Seifer wrote a letter of recommendation to Scoutmaster Ken Fineran stating “Ryan faithfully served the Pack and was a great role model for our scouts.”  In support of Ryan’s dedication to Pack 17, he was accompanied by Cub Scouts, Max Levine, Ben Levine, Ian Konops and Lucas Pilarski during the award presentation. Interestingly noted by SPL Will Ryan, this was only the third time since 1979 that this Award has been received by a Troop 17 scout.

Appreciation awards were also presented by Troop Committee Chairman, James McKenna to adult leaders Bob Dries and Anthony Moschetta for their collective 25+ years of unwavering dedication and support to Troop 17.

Contact: Daniel J. Cannon, Assistant Scoutmaster, Media Lead