WAYNE, NJ – Two of Wayne’s new Eagle Scouts, Christopher Roedel and Andrew Whalen were honored at the last Wayne Board of Education (BOE) meeting with a plaque commemorating their achievements.
“Tonight, we have two young men who we will be honoring for a special achievement, said BOE President Cathy Kazan. “As a Board, we are very supportive of scouting and all it offers our students. The lessons learned in Scouts are lifelong and enriches lives in ways that are immeasurable.”
Kazan explained the significance of achieving Eagle Scout. “Since its inception in 1910 only 4% of Scouts have earned this rank,” she said.
Wayne Valley High School Senior Christopher ‘CJ’ Roedel of Boy Scout Troop 108 was the first of the two Eagle Scouts called up to the front of the Wayne Town Council Chamber accompanied by applause from the Board and residents in the audience.
Roedel joined Cub Scout Pack 108 in first grade, then advanced to Boy Scout Troop 108 in Fifth grade. Over the next seven years, he ‘ranked up’ to Eagle Scout, completing his requirements in October and was officially recognized at his Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on January 5, 2020.
Kazan read from the plaque that would be given to Roedel to honor his achievements. “Whereas Christopher Roedel is a student and a resident of Wayne Township and has completed the Boy Scout requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout. Now therefore be it resolved that the Board of Education recognizes Christopher Roedel on this special occasion and congratulates him on his outstanding achievement and special efforts in fulfilling the stringent character, service and leadership requirements of Eagle Scout.”
After the applause for Roedel died down, Kazan invited the Eagle Scout to the podium to describe the project he completed on the path to his new rank.
“If you’ve ever been by Lafayette Elementary School and noticed there are benches and a small brick patio to the right of the school; that was my project,” said Roedel. “I decided to do this because I wanted to give back to my elementary school and my community.”
“The project would add some beautification to an area where some trailers had recently been removed and would add a useful space for teachers who wanted to take their classes out during the warmer months,” said Roedel.
Photos courtesy of Terri Roedel
Roedel graduates in 2020 and has already committed to attending Rochester Institute of Technology where he will be studying Computer Science.
Andrew ‘Drew’ Whalen a student at Wayne Hills High School was next to be called up. This time by BOE member Stacey Scher who read the same words from his plaque and added: “I’ve known Drew since he was a kid and he’s always been a good kid, so I’m proud to present him with this recognition.”
It was a stretch, but the diminutive Scher reached up and hugged the very tall Eagle Scout.
“My project was at Laurelwood Arboretum at Pines Lake,” began Whalen when Scher asked him to describe his project. “It consisted of removing an old welcome sign Kiosk in the parking lot that was damaged, run down and falling apart. I removed it and replaced it with a brand-new one; a lot bigger, a lot better. It’s a landmark in the parking lot now and really welcomes people into the park.”
According to his father, Joseph: “Andrew enjoyed hiking and spending time as a child in Laurelwood. From an early age, he kept this spot in mind for his future Eagle Scout project.”
Photos courtesy of Joseph Whalen