SHORT HILLS, NJ — Scouts BSA Troop 17 and their families recently gathered in St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills to honor the troop’s six newest Eagle Scouts: Gabe Liwschitz, a 17 year-old senior at Millburn High School; Somil Agarwal, a 17 year-old senior at Millburn High School; Thomas Beacham, a 17 year-old senior at The Pingry School; Matthew Kirshenbaum, a 15 year-old freshman at Millburn High School; Colin Woros, a 16 year-old sophomore at Millburn High School; and Liam Pilarski, a 16 year-old sophomore at Millburn High School. 

Guests of honor who addressed the audience and presented awards included Millburn Mayor Jackie Benjamin Lieberberg; Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus Thomas Abella; Commander Burt Brown of American Legion Post 140; Northern New Jersey Council Camping Director Mr. Chris Clark; and Troop 17 Committee Member Mr. Lazlo Novak.

The attainment of the rank of Eagle Scout is an extraordinary achievement that bears testament to hours of hard work, dedication, and service. Only 5 percent of all Scouts actually achieve the rank of Eagle. Each Eagle Scout candidate is required to earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and complete an Eagle Scout project before his or her 18th birthday.

With the induction of these six Scouts, Troop 17 has now produced an impressive total of 136 Eagle Scouts since its founding in 1945. In 2020, Troop 17 is celebrating its 75th anniversary, and plans to continue its mission to lead and shape young men as it has for the past 75 years.