SPARTA, NJ – The sanctuary at Sparta United Methodist Church was brimming with family, friends, scouts and invited guests for Troop 150’s most recent Eagle Court of Honor. On April 17 Joseph DeVito, Jonathan Iannuzzi and Zachary Kerwin Kayal were recognized for their work in having achieved Boy Scouts’ highest rank.
With all of the pomp and ceremony expected for such accomplishment, the ceremony included scout led, opening flag ceremonies, welcoming remarks by Scout Master Joe Fucito and invocation by Father Tom Fallone Pastor of Saint Kateri in Sparta.
Scouts Tyler Holden led most of the ceremony. Together with Erich Schwazrock they lit the representative candles and led the troop and all scouts in the recitation of the Scout’s Oath and Law.
Anthony Pugliese, Senior Patrol Leader discussed the stages of scouting and the Eagle Scout’s obligations.
Scout Master Fucito presented the Eagle Badges to the scouts. Their parents joined them on the alter as Fucito assisted with presenting the medals and pins presented to the Eagle’s parents.
Each scout took their turn addressing the group about their projects.
DeVito chose to support The Bridge organization that helps the homeless in Irvington. He collected food and clothing to provide 150 bag lunches to the organization.
Kayal planned, designed and constructed a Community Bulletin Board at the White Lake soccer fields.
Iannuzzi repaired and repainted the blacktop games at Alpine school. He refreshed the map of the United States and added hopscotch and four square.
Several guests were called to the podium to speak about the scouts. Mayor Christine Quinn read proclamations for each scout. Marty Schweichart represented the Sparta VFW speaking about their achievements and leadership abilities. The former chaplain added “God is smiling down on you.”
George Graham read a proclamation from the Sussex County Freeholders.
Fred Fox Past Free Mason Master gave them an Award of Merit. He said, “Let others know you are a proud Eagle Scout.”
Christina Constadine of the Elks Club Youth Committee gave the three American flags and Elks pins. She said, “I commend you for your service, achievements and accomplishments.” Adding, “Believe in one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.”
Several congratulatory letters were read by friends and family members including from Dr Ronald Santangelo, George W Bush and the New England Patriots, Chuck Norris and NASA. Sparta High School Craig Merrill spoke about a freeform glass sculpture given to him by Kayal announcing that he was going to call it Transformation as it mirrored attributes of the gift giver.
Once the ceremony was completed everyone was invited to a festively decorated hall for a meal.
Sparta Troop 150 has had 68 Eagle Scouts since 1969.