YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown High School junior Ryan Neal Weitman has been named the 76th Eagle Scout from Troop 165.

Weitman’s troop is based out of the Yorktown Presbyterian Church on Route 202, where his Eagle Scout Ceremony was held Sunday, Nov. 5.

During his ceremony, Weitman also earned a bronze palm and a gold palm because he earned 31 merit badges, which is 10 more than is required for eagle. The bronze palm is for getting to 26 badges and the gold palm is for getting to 31 badges.

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He also earned during his Scouting career the Ad Altare Dei emblem, which is a Catholic religious emblem award that also is above and beyond the requirements to become an Eagle.

For his Eagle Scout project, Weitman renovated the storage room for the Midnight Run at St. Patrick’s Church in Yorktown. The renovations included taking down existing shelves, patching and painting the walls, and putting up a new, more efficient shelving system. He also built a movable storage unit for hot cocoa and coffee and participated on an actual Midnight Run bringing food, water, and clothing to the homeless in New York City. The beneficiary of this project, Maryanne Harkins, was at the ceremony and presented him with a framed certificate of appreciation from Monsignor Joseph Giandurco from St. Patrick’s Church.

“When Mrs. Harkins asked me if I would be interested in renovating the Midnight Run closet, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to help my church and complete my project at the same time,” Weitman said at the ceremony.

Weitman said he enjoyed earning merit badges, especially ones related to history, and enjoyed going on troop trips to Washington D.C., Boston and Philadelphia.

“Being a Boy Scout has had a major impact on my life and the person I am today,” Weitman said. “I have met some of my best friends in our troop and we have shared many special moments and fun times together. I am thankful to all of my scout leaders, fellow scouts and the troop volunteers who made all this possible.”

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