SPARTA, NJ – Two boys were celebrated last Sunday for having achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with Sparta Boy Scout Troop 95. The ballroom of the Lake Mohawk Golf Club was filled with fellow scouts, family and friends of Dylan Gerisch and William Somma. 

Somma, a junior at Pope John XXIII High School chose for his Eagle Scout project the restoration of the Our Lady of Grace Garden at Reverend Brown school.  According to the scout he designed the project with sustainability in mind, following the “leave no trace” principals.

He made the statue of Mary a focal point and inviting for prayer and meditation.  Somma updated the garden with fencing and bushes to create the perimeter and benches crafted from old fire bricks.  Two large pine trees were taken down and chipped for mulch.

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On his journey Somma earned 47 merit badges.  His passion is to conserver the planet.  Over the years he has attended Boy Scouts Backwoods Engineering Camp, summer Engineering Camps at both Bucknell and Syracuse universities, focusing on civil and environmental engineering. 

Somma’s father Russ was also earned his Eagle Scout award in 1966.

Gerisch is a junior at Wallkill Valley Regional High School.  He is a three season athlete with varsity letters in Cross country an indoor track.  In school he is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and in scouts he has been selected for membership in the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scout National Honor Society.

He has also been selected to participate in National Youth Leadership Training for Boy Scouts to train younger scouts and is a Brotherhood member. 

The project Gerisch chose for his Eagle was to build three fenced in raised garden beds for the Catholic Charities and Community Services’ Food Pantry in Franklin.  The food pantry uses the gardens to grow fresh vegetables for their clients. 

The future plans for this new Eagle Scout include attending college and majoring in Astronautical Engineering.