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Local students celebrate at Eagle Court of Honor event

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 6:25 p.m. CDT
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Mike Jacobson (left), and Ryan Valesh of St. Charles Troop 80 had their Eagle Court of Honor ceremony March 16 at the Congregational United Church in St. Charles. 

Ryan Valesh and Mike Jacobson of St. Charles Troop 80 had their Eagle Court of Honor ceremony on March 16 at the Congregational United Church in St. Charles.

Valesh is the son of Robert and Jeanne Valesh of St. Charles.

Jacobson  is the son of Allen and Michelle Jacobson of St. Charles.

Valesh and Jacobson are seniors at St. Charles East High School.

Valesh’s Eagle Service Project was performed for the benefit of Garfield Farm and Museum – an 1840s working farm and museum, dedicated to preserving America’s agricultural heritage.

Over a three-day period, Valesh –along with a dedicated group of parents, scouts and friends – devoted more than  200 hours of work by stripping, staining, and resealing 22 benches and picnic tables used throughout the year for community events.

In addition, all porches, ramps and decks on the farm were water sealed to protect them from the elements. 

Jacobson’s service project entailed drafting a plan for planting evergreen trees at the St. Charles Sportsmens Club in Elburn.

The process included researching and sourcing plant materials, meeting with representatives of the club to present and execute the plan, fundraising and –  the final step – overseeing the planting of over 50 seedlings.

In addition to beautifying the property, the goal of the project was to provide a wind and noise break for the club and adjacent neighbors.

Valesh and Jacobson have had numerous leadership positions with their troop. Each was awarded the Ad Altare Dei religious medal, and both are members of the Order of the Arrow.

Valesh will attend UW-Stevens Point studying fish and wildlife management, and Jacobson plans to pursue an engineering degree.

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