by Lisa Tome
"Hard working procrastinators."
That's how Boy Scout Troop 143 Scout Master Glenn Cook described the nine young men who were honored last Saturday as Eagle Scouts.
"This is the fulfillment of six years of working towards a goal. It was little baby steps and now they're done," said Cook. "I got to watch them grow from 11 year-old boys to 18 year-old men. They are procrastinators, the whole bunch of them. But they get it done. They are all hard workers and they are very smart. This is a great bunch of young men."
The Eagle Scouts:
Joel McCall, 18, son of Joel and Carrie McCall of Conowingo. He is a 2015 graduate of Perryville High School and is currently serving in the U.S. Army.
His Eagle project was construction of a fence around a memorial tank at VFW Post 8185.
He said he felt honored to attend the Eagle Court of Honor.
He was home from the military for two weeks, and collected his Eagle while in the county. "It just happened to fit into my schedule. It's very different coming home. I feel that I have changed more than the area has," he said. "This means a lot to me. I've grown up with these guys and having all of us here is an awesome feeling."
Tyler McCall, 18, son of Joel and Carrie McCall of Conowingo. He is a 2015 graduate of Perryville High School is will enter the U.S. Navy in February.
His Eagle project was construction of a ceremonial flag burning pit at VFW Post 8185. "The Eagle means I'm worthy of being a leader, as well as the guys I've grown up with," said McCall. "I'm so excited to start my life, see the world and meet new people."
Alex Conrad, 18, is the son of Eric and Seung Conrad of Colora.
He is a 2015 Rising Sun High graduate and is currently studying aerospace engineering at University of Maryland - College Park. His Eagle project was construction of a 1,000 foot trail at Grace Bible Chapel.
"I really think this (ceremony) is a culmination of everything. To see this many Eagle Scouts in one troop is great. The impact on the community is very visible," said Conrad.
Zachary Barr, 20, is the son of Dave Barr of Lutherville and Penny Barr of Elkton. He was home-schooled, graduating in 2013. He is currently a laborer for Comer Construction and volunteers at the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun. His Eagle project was construction and installation of picnic tables and flag poles at Cecil paramedic stations. "I'm just happy to be here," said Barr.
Adam Parrett, 18, if the son of Jim and Caroline Parrett of Rising Sun. He graduated from Rising Sun High in 2015 and is studying mechanical engineering at West Virginia University.
His Eagle project was construction of a raised boardwalk at Triangle Park. "This is a great honor to be here. I've been trying to get this all my life. Now it's time for relaxation. All that work paid off," said Parrett.
Robert James, 18, is a son of Robert and Barb James of Port Deposit. He is a 2015 graduate of Perryville High School and is studying chemical and bio-molecular engineering at University of Maryland College Park. His project was the construction of an observation deck at Triangle Park.
"Words won't describe the culmination of this journey. This is the pinnacle of my scouting career. I'm so thankful for all the help I had along the way," said James.
Ian Fisher, 19, son of Terri and Bill Fisher of Conowingo, graduated from Perryville High School is 2014. He currently attends Cecil College and is a member of the lacrosse team.
His Eagle project was the construction of an outdoor classroom and trail near Conowingo Elementary School.
"This wraps up the whole Eagle process. This is the final page of the Eagle Scout. It's nice to see everybody here together. This is a whole big generation of the troop, a whole group who have done this together," said Fisher.
Kevin Alkinburg, 18, is the son of Richard and Katrina Alkinburg of Port Deposit. He is a 2015 Rising Sun High graduate and currently studies multiple disciplines at American University. He built an outdoor classroom at the Woodlawn Nature Center.
"This is a big day for the troop. This year was a big one. I came home from college for this. I want everyone to know how great scouting is and how far it can get you in life," said Alkinburg.
Ryan Schoenberger, 17, is the son of Jeff and Amy Schoenberger of Havre de Grace.
He attends the Science and Math Academy at Aberdeen High School. His Eagle project was construction of elements for an outdoor classroom at Temple Adas Shalom. He said that becoming an Eagle Scout means "becoming an adult and accepting more responsibility."