UNION, NJ – Family, friends, scout leaders and scouts members attended Thomas Aaron Nunes’ Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Sunday at the Union Elk’s.

“This means a lot to me,” said Nunes of Boy Scout Troop 63.  “To achieve this rank is a tremendous honor.”

Nunes’ Eagle Scout project was the beautification of the Township of Union Animal Shelter.  Nunes, 18, developed the plans and he and his volunteers carried them out, including installing two new planters with flowers and shrubs, adding river bed rocks and turf inside the pens and adding shelving units inside the facility.  It took about 65-hours of labor in one day to complete to project.

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Nunes attended Washington Elementary School, Kawameeh Middle School and Roselle Catholic High School.  He is currently attending Ramapo College of New Jersey.  He said when he declares a major, he thinks it may be in the physician assistant program or “something in the medical field”.  Nunes plans to be an assistant scout master whenever he’s on break from school. 

“I’m very proud of him,” said Thomas’ mom Lasete Nunes.  “It’s a big accomplishment.  He began in first grade in Cub Scouts and now he’s an Eagle Scout.”

Nunes' name was added to the plaques commemorating Washington School graduates who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.  The plaques contain 48 Eagle Scout names beginning in 1946.

Nunes added, “I’ve worked 13 years to get to this point.  I wouldn’t change it for anything.”