SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Grady Szuch became Scotch Plains-Fanwood's newest Eagle Scout from BSA Troop 104.

As part of his Eagle requirement, Szuch laid out the groundwork of a 160-foot memorial path honoring past congregants adjacent to Temple Sholom on Lake Avenue. The completion of the project will include removal of small brush and a small path area. A retaining wall across the path will honor congregants with Yahrzeit Plaques (memorial plaques), which will have their name, birth date and date of death.

"Congratulations to Grady on reaching Eagle," Troop 104 advancement chairperson Susan Bonnell said. “Grady is an enthusiastic and dedicated scout who really showed true leadership throughout his scouting career. He's a great young man who will carry this accomplishment into a successful future.”

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Eagle status is the highest advancement rank in Boy Scouting. To earn the rank, a Scout must progress through the ranks of Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life Scout and earn 21 merit badges or more.

Famous Eagle Scouts include astronauts Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, and James Lovell of Apollo 13 fame, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, former NJ Senator Bill Bradley, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg, and President Gerald R. Ford.

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