Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 18 May 2011 15:06
Six Mineola youngsters received Scouting’s highest honor on May 6. Vincent Buonincontro, Nick D’Annuzio, Nicholas Fiori, Glenn Peters, Perry Llanes and Zachary Rachell attained the rank of Eagle Scout at the Troop 45 Eagle Scout Ceremony at the First Presbyterian Church.
Families, friends, and various community members and officials filled the church pews to celebrate the six new Eagle Scout inductees; an unusually high number since fewer than 6 percent attain the rank. To attain the rank of Eagle, Scouts must earn 21 badges, 12 of which were required by each member and the rest electives in addition to completing their own Eagle Project.
Buonincontro’s project was completed at the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter. He researched, planned and headed a group of volunteers to build a 60-foot retaining wall and cleared a 350-foot trail with wood chips, and cleared a seating area.
Shelter director Susan Hassett commended Buonincontro’s successful installation. “I hope to one day be an architectural designer,” he said.
D’Annuzio installed a 125-foot concrete pathway at St. Bridget’s Church in Carle Place, complete with planters. The path created new walkways for the facility and ground usage.
“I have a passion for art,” D’Annuzio said. “I hope to combine my love for art with my love for helping people; children in particular. My ideal job would to be a high school art teacher.”
Nick Fiori designed and installed a prayer garden for the Church of St. Aidan. He wanted to do a project that would help the community and the church.
Fiori and other Scouts removed ground roots, rocks and installed benches, a gravel path, flowerbeds, brick pavers and woodchips. He said he enjoyed helping.
“I enjoy helping other people achieve what may seem impossible,” Fiori said. “My ambition is to become an occupational therapist and do just that.”
Perry Llanes created an intergenerational day of physical activities and interactions between residents of the Oyster Bay Manor nursing home and Scouts of Troop 45. The event benefited the physical needs of the residents for exercise and physical therapy.
“I enjoy helping others, drawing, and working with children,” Llanes said. “I plan to pursue a career as a speech therapist and teacher.”
Glenn Peters researched, designed and constructed four picnic tables and six garden benches for the Hampton Street Elementary School in Mineola. He researched different types of carpentry to find the best fit for the project.
Peters said he wants to be a police officer. “I hope to one day be a Nassau County Police Officer,” he stated. “I have always wanted to be a police officer and staying in Nassau County will enable me to stay active in Scouting and the fire department as an adult.”
Zachary Rachelle restored a “less-than-stellar” meeting room in the basement of the St. Aidan’s Youth Center. He and his crew stripped the walls of the base molding, organized the unkempt closets and repainted the walls of the meeting room.
“I admire anyone who strives to be the best in their field of work, and I aspire to do that in the field of biology,” Rachelle said.
The final step to Eagle Scouts consists of a judgment of their progress by the Eagle Scout Board of Review. During the ceremony a large multi-layered candelabra was carried out to the middle of the church’s aisle with each of the six inductees lighting one candle for each one of the 12 points of the Scout Law as they were read aloud, according to Scoutmaster Steven M. Grosskopf.
After the lighting of the candles, the six members were sworn in by Mayor Strauss, Grosskopf said. Other Eagle Scouts in the audience stood in the front of the church to reaffirm their oath as well.
Following the induction, a slide show featuring the honorees was presented, including pictures of their lives through their years as Scouts.