Troop 459 Celebrates Ten Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 459 recently celebrated the advancement of 10 Eagle Scouts at Colonial Presbyterian Church in Overland Park. The rank of Eagle Scout is achieved by less than four percent of Scouts. To become an Eagle Scout, a boy must earn 22 merit badges, serve in troop leadership roles, and conceive, plan and execute a service project that benefits his church, school or community. Troop 459 currently has 312 young men who have earned the rank of Eagle Scout and are proud to announce the advancement of these new Eagle Scouts.

Andrew Michael Darlington, son of Scott and Erica Darlington, is a junior at Kansas City Christian School. Andrew’s Eagle Project involved replacing railroad ties around a playground at Kansas City Christian School. In addition, he built two benches around a baseball cage at the school.

Joshua Scott Darlington, son of Scott and Erica Darlington, is a junior at Kansas City Christian School. Joshua’s Eagle Project involved replacing railroad ties around a section of the school playground. He also planted new trees as part of the project. The project beneficiary was Kansas City Christian School.

Eric James Gawlick, son of Tom and Gina Gawlick, is a sophomore at Blue Valley Northwest. Eric’s Eagle Project involved constructing an outdoor shed for Colonial Presbyterian Church. The project involved leveling the terrain, laying a concrete foundation, and building and roofing the shed.

Luke Jerome Gawlick, son of Tom and Gina Gawlick, is a sophomore at Blue Valley Northwest. His Eagle Project involved building community park benches for Colonial Presbyterian Church. The benches will help contribute to a community gathering area next to the sand volleyball court.

Nicholas Mettee Gray, son of Tom and Toni Gray, graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas in May. Nick’s Eagle Project beneficiary was HeadStart of Shawnee Mission. He organized a drive to collect books, educational toys, diapers, and other necessities for HeadStart.

Adam David Harris, son of David and Debbie Harris, is a junior at Blue Valley Northwest. His project involved working with the Public Works department for the city of Overland Park to promote and communicate the importance of soil conservation and protecting the environment from harmful chemicals. He led a team who applied stencils to storm drains to emphasize  the importance of not dumping chemicals into the city water system. Additionally, he collected soil samples from the neighborhood surrounding South Lake in Overland Park.

Carter Wallace Howes, son of Craig and Caren Howes, is a senior at Blue Valley North. His project involved building a retaining wall on the side of a dirt bridge with railroad ties. Railroad ties were also used to level the top of the surface. The conservation project benefited the area by limiting erosion. His project was part of a new road that was built over a creek at Camp Shalom, in La Cygne, Kansas. This camp is a non-profit camp serving inner city youth from the metro area.

Jacob Thomas Linville, son of Randy and Debbie Linville, is a junior at Kansas City Christian School. His project involved renovation of the swing set playground at his school. It was an ambitious and extensive project that involved replacing rotten railroad ties with new recycled rubber timbers, the removal of pea gravel, laying down of heavy duty weed mat and topping the area with playground mulch to make the area safer and more useful for the elementary students.

Ross Wesley Unruh, son of James and Jana Unruh, is a junior at Kansas City Christian School. Ross’ Eagle Project involved building a set of light duty shelves in a caring ministry donations barn to help organize and store donated items.

Derek James Walters, son of Layne and Colleen Walters, is a junior at Olathe East. Derek’s Eagle Project involved creating a donation drive for Kansas City Pet Project. He also built a small, free library for the KC Pet Project.