Community Celebrates Newest Eagle Scouts of Troop 354

CENTEREACH, NY – New York State Assemblyman Steve Englebright recently joined Town of Brookhaven Councilmember Jonathan Kornreich, boy scouts, troop leaders, and scout families and friends to honor Troop 354’s newest Eagle Scouts: Mark Griffin, Michael Lehner, Ryan Bruno, Enrique Rivera, Arav Sandhala, and Anav Sandhala. The ceremony was graciously held at the Elk’s Lodge in Centereach and lead by Scout Master Mr. Robert Pearsall.

“It was a privilege to congratulate Troop 354’s latest Eagle Scouts,” said Assemblyman Englebright. “During these sometimes-troubled times, our community is looking for a ray of hope. To see these young men and what they have accomplished, is to know that the future is good. I thank them for setting a great example to their fellow scouts and their community.”

“These young men have gone through rigorous training that has prepared them for success and they have shown their commitment to serving the community through activities that have made a positive difference in the lives of others,” said Councilmember Kornreich. “Their Eagle projects will enhance the fabric of our community and give me great optimism about the impact they will have in the future. I thank all the new Eagles for their time and commitment and offer my congratulations on receiving this highest honor.”

The highest rank a Scout can receive is the rank of Eagle. In order to obtain this rank, a scout must earn 21 merit badges, complete a community service project and undergo a lengthy review process. The six Scouts received the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout after completing their community service projects within their communities. Mark Griffin constructed and installed a new cabinet in the food kitchen at the North Shore Jewish Center in Port Jefferson Station, which will assist the facility in servicing those in need. Michael Lehner utilized his artistic abilities to refurbish and upgrade three signs for the Infant Jesus R.C. Church in Port Jefferson, which beautified the space and has created clearer signage for the congregation. Ryan Bruno designed, constructed, and installed a weight class status board and an equipment enclosure for the wrestling room in the Comsewogue High School, which will be utilized by the wrestling team and the coaches to track weight class changes and house equipment. Arav Sandhala repaired a weathered bench and installed an energy-efficient light at the Elks Lodge in Centereach to spotlight the building’s displayed American flag and flagpole. Anav Sandhala updated the current outdoor classroom at the Comsewogue High School by constructing a teacher’s podium and covering the existing benches and tables with plastic wood. Enrique Rivera constructed and installed six display stands at the Train Car Park for the Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Chamber of Commerce, which will be utilized for the Chamber’s upcoming Story Book Walk exercise path activity.

To join the Boy Scouts of America, visit their web site. For more information, please contact Assemblyman Steve Englebright’s office at (631) 751-3094.