Local Eagle Scout soars

It’s of­fi­cial: Nick Koz­anky­wycz, of Boy Scout Troop 321, of­fi­cially be­came an Eagle Scout earli­er this month dur­ing a Court of Hon­or ce­re­mony at Present­a­tion BVM Church. For his ser­vice pro­ject, he col­lec­ted toys and money for the an­nu­al Rubye’s Kids hol­i­day party. TOM WAR­ING / TIMES PHOTO

Nich­olas Koz­anky­wycz, of Burholme, be­came Boy Scout Troop 321’s latest Eagle Scout earli­er this month, dur­ing a Court of Hon­or at the Present­a­tion BVM church hall.

For his ser­vice pro­ject, the 17-year-old Cent­ral High School ju­ni­or col­lec­ted toys and money for the an­nu­al Rubye’s Kids hol­i­day party. He col­lec­ted the items after Mass at Present­a­tion and St. Joseph, both loc­ated in Chel­ten­ham.

The dona­tion helped provide gifts for some of the 500 needy kids who at­tend the party each Decem­ber.

“I’m really so im­pressed with a young man like Nick,” said Roz Weiss, who co-foun­ded Rubye’s Kids 20 years ago.

Scout­mas­ter John Masluk de­scribed him as a quiet, valu­able lead­er who sets an ex­ample for the young­er mem­bers of Troop 321.

Koz­anky­wycz, who joined Troop 321 in first grade, said Scout­ing has taught him to be a lead­er and to help people. He has served as a patrol lead­er and as­sist­ant seni­or patrol lead­er. He’s earned nu­mer­ous mer­it badges and demon­strated Scout spir­it.

The teen­ager re­ceived pro­clam­a­tions from state Reps. Brendan Boyle and Kev­in Boyle and state Sen. Shir­ley Kit­chen. He also re­ceived con­grat­u­lat­ory notes from Barack and Michelle Obama and George and Bar­bara Bush.

Rising Sun Vet­er­ans of For­eign Wars Post 2819 Com­mand­er Frank De­Franco presen­ted him with a plaque. The Mar­ine Corps League gave him the Good Cit­izen­ship Award.

Among those in at­tend­ance was the Rev. Wil­li­am Har­ris­on, pas­tor at Present­a­tion and St. Joseph. ••

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