Five BP students earn Eagle Scout rank

Published Mar 17, 2014 at 5:10 pm (Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 5:10 pm)

Five members of Bethel Park Troop 215 were honored for achieving their Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts. Recognized at the March 16 Court of Honor at Bethel Presbyterian Church were Jack Roso Brownfield, Joshua Tyler Como, Bryce Martin DeNardo, David Ryan Hurey and Andrew Hunter Valentine.

Scout Master Ryan Hurey, father of David Hurey, said that Troop 215 has a rich Eagle Scout tradition. “It’s definitely a great recommendation for Troop 215 to have five Eagle Scouts at the same time.”

The five young men had to complete the rigorous Eagle Scout requirements, which include: being active in scouting for at least six months after achieving Life Scout rank; demonstrating that they live the principles of the Scout Oath and Scout Law by providing references; earning a total of 21 merit badges; while a Life Scout, serving in a position of leadership for six months and planning, developing and leading others in a service project benefitting an organization other than Boy Scouting; taking part in a unit leader conference; and successfully completing an Eagle Scout board of review.

Brownfield, Como, DeNardo and Hurey are also members of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society.

Jack Roso Brownfield, 16, the son of Todd and Gina Brownfield, comes from a long line of Eagle Scouts, including grandfather Harry Brownfield (1944), uncles Harry J. Brownfield Jr. (1972) and David Brownfield (1977), and father Todd Brownfield (1979). Jack’s brother, Ben, is an Eagle Scout from Troop 215.

In scouting since he was a Tiger Cub in Pack 1068, Jack earned the Arrow of Light Award prior to joining Troop 215. Jack progressed through the scouting ranks and is a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. While a member of Troop 215, Jack has served as patrol leader, sssistant patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader, as well as serving as a den Chief to Pack 1068.

Jack’s Eagle Scout service project, a 20 foot by 30 foot vegetable garden on the grounds of St. David’s Episcopal Church in McMurray, benefitted the South Hills Interfaith Ministries (SHIM) Food Pantry. The project involved designing the garden, leading a team in clearing and roto-tilling the area, preparing the soil, constructing a fence and planting vegetables. The garden produced more than 500 pounds of vegetables. St. David’s has committed to maintaining the garden for the benefit of SHIM for years to come.

A member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Jack is an acolyte and an Acolyte team Captain, and member of the church youth group where he planned and attended mission trips to West Virginia to renovate homes and a food bank.

A sophomore at Bethel Park High School, Jack is a member of the marching band, Forensics Team and Hometown Hi-Q Team. He also participates in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science and in German competitions.

Joshua Tyler Como, 17, son of Kent and Lisa Como, joins his father as an Eagle Scout. A Cub Scout in Pack 8 prior to joining Boy Scout Troop 215, Josh was elected to the Order of the Arrow by his fellow troop mates. He has held several leadership positions within Troop 215, including librarian, patrol leader and assistant patrol leader of meetings.

As a tribute to his commitment, faith and love of sports, Josh’s Eagle Service project involved working with design engineers and church staff, purchasing supplies and supervising volunteers in the construction of two baseball dugouts on the lower level baseball field at St. Louise de Marillac. The project took 274 hours and was funded through a TGI Fridays fundraiser and donations from the church, family and friends.

Josh is active at Bethel Park High School as a member of the marching band, symphonic band, jazz Ensemble, Top 21 and concert choir. He has auditioned and was selected for two district, two regional, and one all state PMEA choirs and district and regional PMEA concert band. He will perform in his third spring musical later this month, is a member of the National Honor Society and a two-year member of the men’s volleyball junior varsity team. Josh has volunteered the last three summers at the REACH work camp and has assisted in home renovations for families in need.

Bryce Martin DeNardo, 18, is the son of Michele and Vince DeNardo.

A scout since he was 6, Bryce started with Pack 215 as a Tiger Scout, earning all 20 activity badges before earning his Arrow of Light and crossing over to Troop 215 where he earned 21 merit badges and was elected into the Order of the Arrow. He has also held the positions of quartermaster and patrol leader.

For his Eagle Project, Bryce constructed a 25-foot pedestrian walking bridge over a stream, which took about 200 hours. Bryce held a fundraiser at a TGI Fridays restaurant to help pay for his supplies and materials, most of which were donated.

After graduation from Bethel Park High School this year, Bryce plans to study business administration at college.

David Hurey, 18, is the son of Ryan and Amy Hurey of Bethel Park. David’s father and three uncles are all Eagle Scouts.

David began his scouting career as a Tiger Scout with Pack 215 in 2003. Under the guidance of Webelos Den Leaders Peggy Raymond and Cheryl Valecko, David earned his Arrow of Light and crossed over into Troop 215, where he earned a total of 31 merit badges and has served as quartermaster and assistant senior patrol leader: Camping. He currently serves as an assistant scoutmaster.

David was elected by his fellow scouts for the Order of the Arrow, completed his ordeal (first step) in 2009 and earned his brotherhood (second step) in 2010. He has served as a volunteer junior range master at Cub Scout Day Camp and has assisted Pack 215 with pinewood derbies, spring adventures and Blue & Gold banquets as a Boy Scout.

Supervising a crew of 19 workers and amassing over 136 man-hours, David’s Eagle Project was the layout and installation of trail markers and posts along the Wetlands, Wetlands Bluff and Trillium hiking trails in Boyce Mayview Park. These posts and markers will serve trail users for accurate navigation as well as locating devices for emergency personnel in case of injury.

A junior at Bethel Park High School, he is a member of the marching band, concert band and concert orchestra. He has served as a teen docent at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and currently works at Target. After graduation, David plans to pursue his interests in history at college.

Andrew Hunter Valentine, 18, is the son of Barbara and Eric Valentine. Andrew’s older brother, David, is also an Eagle Scout from Troop 215.

Andrew started as a Cub Scout in Pack 215, and then crossed over to Troop 215, where he held positions of instructor and assistant patrol leader. He later served as a patrol leader and then as a chaplain’s aide.

For his Eagle Scout Service Project, Andrew painted rooms and doors at Ruthfred Lutheran Church, where he worships and is active in the youth group as part of a Student Leadership Team.

After graduation, Andrew plans to attend California University of Pennsylvania for technology education.

“We’re proud of these young men,” said Scout Master Ryan Hurey. “They’ll represent our troop well and will represent Bethel Park well for years to come.”

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