Leawood Troop Recognizes 19 New Eagle Scouts

It may take a village to raise a child, but a group of 19 local teenagers have spent the past year giving back to their community. Together, these members of Leawood’s Troop 10 have donated thousands of volunteer hours and much-needed items to KC-area parks, shelters, schools and other organizations. They were recently recognized for their outstanding achievements with the Boy Scouts of America’s highest advancement rank: Eagle Scout. The troop now has an impressive 451 names on its Eagle Scout Honor Roll, beginning with its original charter in 1975.

Timothy J. Borel II, son of Tim and Penny Borel, is a senior at Blue Valley North where he is a member of the Latin and National Honor Societies. For his project, Timothy designed, planned and coordinated the construction of new paths and a bench at Wayside Waifs in Kansas City. The paths allow animals and caretakers additional walking areas and a place to rest. Timothy earned 29 merit badges and plans to attend the University of Kansas to major in Pharmacy and Classical Languages.

Matthew J. Boushka, son of John and Tricia Boushka, is a sophomore at Blue Valley High School, where he plays for the football team. For his Eagle project, Matthew designed, planned and coordinated the construction of two wooden planter benches for Marillac in Overland Park. Matthew is a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow and a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

Clay G. Christenson, son of Lane and Teresa Christenson, is a junior at Blue Valley High School. For his project, Clay planned and coordinated the building of a city welcome sign in Wauneta, Neb. He earned 39 merit badges, is a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow and is a Fire Builder in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. Clay is also the 2016 elected Chapter Chief for the Soaring Eagle District Order of the Arrow Chapter. He has traveled to several states for high adventure trips.

Connor L. Clary, son of Ron and Becki Clary, is a sophomore at Blue Valley North. He is a member of the Varsity debate team, Forensics team and the Church of the Resurrection youth choir. For his project, he led a collection drive of personal hygiene items for Giving the Basics. Connor earned 39 merit badges, is an Ordeal member of Order of the Arrow and a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

George E. Cochran, son of Patty Logan and Doug Cochran, is a sophomore at Blue Valley High School, where he is active on the debate and cross country teams and served as a Relay for Life team captain. For his project, he designed, planned and coordinated the construction of seven Robotics tables for classrooms in Blue Valley elementary schools. He is a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow and a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He follows in the footsteps of his father and older brother who are also Eagle Scouts.

Joshua M. Dunn, son of Michelle and Steve Dunn, is a junior at The Barstow School, where he is active on the varsity debate team and pitches for the varsity baseball team. He is also active in his church, St. Michael the Archangel. For his project, Joshua designed the layout, planned and coordinated planting of trees at the Ironwoods Park. He earned 31 merit badges and is working to earn the Congressional Honor Award.

Kyle Elmendorf, son of Tom and Susan Elmendorf is a sophomore at Blue Valley High School, where he is on the Principal’s Honor Roll and active in lacrosse, cross country and debate. For his project, Kyle designed, planned and coordinated the construction of two picnic tables for the Ozanam Home. As a scout, he earned 34 merit badges and is a Warrior in the Tribe of the Mic-O-Say.

Isaac Fitz, son of David and Diane Fitz, is a sophomore at Blue Valley North. For his project, Isaac planned and coordinated a bedding and children’s sleepwear drive for Our Father’s House – an organization in Kansas City that provides home furnishings for people who have lost their possessions due to fires and other tragedies. Isaac specifically targeted his project for the children of these families, to provide them a clean, warm place to sleep.

Griffin N. Hardeman, son of Jeffrey and Karen Hardeman, is a freshman at Blue Valley High School. He is active in football, choir and theater and is a three-time recipient of the Presidential Community Service Award. A member of St. Thomas the Apostle Church, he serves on the Episcopal Diocese Youth Commission. For his project, he organized a donation drive for Wayside Waifs, He earned 50 merit badges, is an Ordeal and ceremonial team member in Order of the Arrow and a Brave in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

Chandler S. Jones, son of Jason and Stephanie Jones is a sophomore at Blue Valley High School, where he is member of the concert band. For his project, Chandler planned and coordinated a food drive to fill the pantry for Heart-n-Hand Ministries in Belton. He earned 30 merit badges, is a member of Order of the Arrow and a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He is interested in physics and chemistry and hopes to pursue a career in physics or medicine. He is the first Eagle Scout in his family.

William C. Mauer, son of William and Renee Mauer is a sophomore at Blue Valley North. Will is active in soccer and orchestra and plays cello in the Kansas Youth Symphony. For his project, Will designed, planned and coordinated the rebuilding of the main fire ring at Camp Timberlake – including the construction of log benches for seating and a firewood holder. As a scout, he earned 42 merit badges, is a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow and a Brave in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

Cooper T. May, son of Susan and Tim May, is a junior at Blue Valley High School. He is a member of the swim, cross country and track teams, in addition to a varsity letterman on the school advanced debate team and an academic scholar letter winner. Cooper is a confirmed member of St Michael the Archangel. For his project, he worked with the Veteran’s Administration to plan and coordinate a coat drive for veterans in need. Cooper earned 38 merit badges, is a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow and a Fire Builder in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

Andrew H. Meade, son of Trip and Jenny Meade, is a sophomore at Blue Valley North, where he plays soccer and in the marching band. Drew is also a member of Church of the Resurrection and is serving his third year as a referee for the Heartland Soccer League. For his project, Drew designed and directed the building of four wooden, shelving units for Urban Farming Guys Makerspace warehouse. Drew earned 27 merit badges, is a Brotherhood and ceremonial team member of Order of the Arrow and a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

Alex Moffet, son of Rick and Karen Moffet is a sophomore at Blue Valley North. For his project, Alex designed, planned and coordinated efforts to make raised dog beds for the S.T.A.F.F. shelter in Laurie, Mo. Alex is a member of the Order of the Arrow and a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He is also a member of the BVN marching band.

Spencer A. Rodgers, son of Loree and Steve Rodgers, is a junior at Blue Valley High School. His project involved planning, organizing and leading 17 scouts in the construction of 20 bluebird houses and 10 cedar bird feeders to be installed along a walking trail at Lakeside Nature Center. Spencer earned 30 merit badges, is a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow and has earned the rank of Fire Builder in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. Spencer is active with both soccer and track and field. He was inducted into the French National Honor Society and selected to study abroad.

Ryan C. Schmidt, son of Brandon and Shannon Schmidt, is a junior at Blue Valley High School where he is active in debate and student council. He plays soccer and runs track for the school. and is involved in his youth group at St. Michael the Archangel. For his project, Ryan led a team of volunteers to collect sporting goods for Ozanam. He earned 33 merit badges and attended the Philmont Trek in New Mexico. Ryan is an Ordeal member of Order of the Arrow and a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

William Shropshire, son of Garrett and Amy Shropshire, attends Blue Valley High School. For his Eagle Scout project, Will conducted a book drive and designed, planned and coordinated the construction of book shelves for Ozanam Home for Boys and Girls in Kansas City. The drive collected more than 700 books, which stocked the book shelves.

Michael T. Srimongkolkul, son of Vichai and Anchalee Srimongkolkul, is a senior at Blue Valley North, where he is active in the Chess and Latin Clubs and plays violin in the orchestra. In his spare time, he loves to draw and help out with his parents’ company. As a scout, he earned 28 merit badges, is a member of Order of the Arrow and a Warrior and Fire Builder in the Tribe of Mic-o Say. He plans to attend engineering school at the University of Kansas.

Andrew H. Stark, son of William and Kendra Stark, is a sophomore at Blue Valley High School. For his project, Andrew designed, planned and coordinated the construction of wooden benches for the Salvation Army homeless shelter in Olathe. As a Scout, he earned 80 merit badges, is a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow and a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.