UNION-ENDICOTT HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR RECEIVEs BOY SCOUT EAGLE AWARD
Teen Addressed Potential Safety Hazards in Historic Theater
ENDICOTT –Union-Endicott High School Senior Alex Griffin receives his Eagle Scout Award at a special ceremony held at the Endicott Performing Arts Center (EPAC). The ceremony, known as an Eagle Scout Court of Honor, was held on November 18th, at 1:00pm in the Robert Eckert Theater. The rank of Eagle is the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America, and is achieved by fewer than four percent of all scouts nationally.
Alex joined the Boy Scouts as a Tiger Cub in 2006, and joined Troop 234 of West Corners in Endicott in 2011. He is currently the Senior Patrol leader of his troop. Each Eagle Candidate is required to complete 21 merit badges and a community service project. In addition to his Eagle Rank, Alex received several commendations including the Bronze and Gold Eagle Palms, signifying completion of more merit badges than those required for the rank of Eagle.
As a requirement for the Boy Scout rank of Eagle, Alex coordinated a service project in the community. Alex completed his project for the Robert Eckert Theater at EPAC, a historic theater located at 102 Washington Avenue in Endicott. The project included replacement of stairs in the third-floor prop rooms and replacement of a faulty sliding door to one of the prop rooms. Both improvements were urgently needed, as the stairs and doors had the potential to be safety hazards if the improvements were not made. He organized volunteers, helped EPAC raise the needed funds, and coordinated the work activities.
His passion for music and performing prompted him to select EPAC as the beneficiary of his community service project. Alex plans to attend college to study computer science and minor in music or theater in the fall of 2018. He has been a performer at the Endicott Performing Arts Center since 2012, taking on roles such as Shrek in Shrek: The Musical, Bert in Mary Poppins, and Dewey Finn in School of Rock.
This December, he will be performing at EPAC as Buddy in Elf: The Musical.
Alex joins the ranks of Eagle alongside such notables as former President Gerald R. Ford, former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, astronaut Neil Armstrong, and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
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