2017 West Orange High School Alumnus Receives Prestigious Boy Scout Scholarship

Peyton Smith, Eagle Scout and recent WOHS grad
Peyton Smith at WOHS graduation in June

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Recent West Orange High School (WOHS) alumnus and Eagle Scout Peyton Smith is heading to Syracuse University with the prestigious Kiefer Scholarship recently awarded to him by the Boy Scouts of America, Northeast Region.

"The Northeast Region Boy Scouts of America is the recipient of income from a memorial trust formed by the estate of Ida Kiefer,” said John Mosby, Northeast Regional Director. “In keeping with her wishes that this special memorial fund be used to provide educational scholarships to worthy members of the Boy Scouts of America, the Northeast Region Scholarship Committee made these awards for 2017.”

Smith said he was excited to receive the award in the amount of $1,500.

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"This scholarship is especially important to me because I have been involved in scouting since I was in first grade and I have had many great memories over the last 12 years,” he said.

Smith received his Eagle Scout badge on March 31, 2015, but his impact has already been felt at WOHS and all over the West Orange community. He attended Write On Sports workshops, studied Journalism at the high school and participated on the WOHS News Broadcast as well as the Mountaineer Media Team.

His articles have also been published in high school publications while serving as The Pioneer Editor, the West Orange website, and local press, including TAPinto West Orange. Smith was also president of the Chinese Honor Society and a member of several Honor Societies. He has logged many hours of community service time as well.

Smith will be majoring in Broadcast and Digital Journal at Syracuse University and wants to work as a sportswriter and/or sports broadcaster.

“Society needs well-educated youth and young adults to ensure that the world is better for future generations,” said Smith. “Since its establishment, the Boy Scouts of America has been committed to educating boys and teaching them how to become better men. I am certain that without this great organization, I would not be who I am today.”

Smith said a college education is also crucial for “building tomorrow’s leaders.”

“The high cost of college is a significant challenge, and receiving this award reaffirms Scouting’s commitment towards making education accessible," he said.

Mosby congratulated Smith on his excellent scouting record and his progress.

“Please know that the committee is proud of your accomplishments and wishes you all the best as you complete your education and prepare for the future,” Mosby said in conclusion.

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