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Scouts earn Eagle rank at Court of Honor ceremony

Eric James Vonderhaar and Kevin Patrick Tierney of Boy Scout Troop 10 from St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles celebrated their Court of Honor ceremony on May 25.

Vonderhaar is the son of Chris and Carol Vonderhaar and will be a senior at Aurora Central Catholic High School. He is a member of his school’s chess team and also enjoys fencing, bowling and soccer. 

Vonderhaar plays the piano and has participated in the American Grands Concert, as well as playing on several occasions at local retirement homes, where he helped serve refreshments to elderly residents.

He also has been an altar server for seven years; worked at vacation bible school over the summer; and served as a crew guide for younger students.

He has  earned a total of 36 merit badges during his six years in Boy Scouts.

Vonderhaar’s Eagle project involved preparing and painting the northern section of the historic Durant-Peterson House at Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles.

Tierney is the son of Greg and Marylin Tierney. He recently graduated from St. Charles East High School in St. Charles. 

He is a four-year member of the St. Charles East High School Band and Orchestra,  playing the tuba and stand-up bass. He was an active participant in the East High School Drama Department as both an actor and crew member.

He has been active in a variety of extracurricular activities, including the debate team, water polo and track, as well as a founding member of his school’s philosophy club. He also received the East High School Human Relations Award for being the school mascot.

Tierney has earned 27 merit badges.

Tierney’s Eagle project involved building a wigwam for the St. Charles Park District.

Tierney’s future plans involve attending Appalachian State University in Boon, N.C. He is considering a major in geology with a minor in a foreign language or business.

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