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Scout Beautifies Westfield High

For his Eagle Scout project, Phil Karstetter, 15, of Centreville gathered together a group of his fellow Scouts from Troop 717 to beautify a section of the athletic field at Westfield High School in Chantilly.

This project involved erosion control and beautification on a hillside between the football and baseball fields, which included adding approximately 30 bushes, plants and trees.

Approximately three months before the project was to begin, the son of Paul and Jerri Karstetter started obtaining corporate sponsors, notably LuckStone Corporation for the stone, Betty's Azalea Ranch for the plants and DS Enterprises for the mulch. These sponsors offered to assist financially by offering their products at cost or for no charge.

The planning involved preparing a grid as to what materials were necessary and in what quantities, the design of the project, the machinery and tools required and the calculation of the man hours necessary to get the job completed. The end result of the project included a rock border, the plants noted above and hardwood mulch throughout.

Phil is a Life Scout with Troop 717 at St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Clifton. He is a sophomore and honor roll student at Westfield High School. Phil also swims for Westfield High, the Herndon Commanders and his community swim team, the Sequoia Farms Stingrays. He is also a percussion specialist for the high school marching and concert bands and is active at his church, Centreville United Methodist Church.