Ryan McGrath is the latest Scout from Troop 1346 to earn the rank of Eagle, and he happens to be number 70. Ryan joins five other members of his troop in this achievement for 2005. In February, Chris Brese and Andrew Hardy received their Eagle awards at a Court of Honor ceremony at St. Peter in the Woods Episcopal Church. Less than one month later, James Calabrese, Michael Miller and Jared Viellieu were honored in a ceremony at Burke United Methodist Church. Ryan's Court of Honor took place in June at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Not everyone who joins a Boy Scout troop earns the Eagle Scout rank — only about 4 percent of all Boy Scouts become Eagle Scouts. Slightly more than 1 million Boy Scouts have earned the rank since 1911.
Chris Brese is a junior at Robinson Secondary School. He started his scouting career as a Tiger Cub in the first grade with Pack 1348. During his journey to Eagle, he moved four times; twice to New London, Conn., and twice back to Fairfax. He has received the Arrow of Light, three God and Country awards, the James Lehrer Leadership Award and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. Chris attended Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico twice and is planning to return during the summer of 2005. Chris also canoed through the waters of Maine High Adventure in the summer of 2004. At Robinson, Chris is an active member of the Future Business Leaders of America, the National Honor Society and the Music Department. Chris is now applying his leadership skills in Troop 1346 as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.
Andrew Hardy is a junior at W.T. Woodson High School. He began his road to Eagle in England, where he was a member of a Cub Scout Pack. He earned his Arrow of Light and moved to Italy, where he joined Boy Scout Troop 198. He moved to Fairfax in 2000, and joined Boy Scout Troop 1346. He has attended summer camp twice with 1346, and has also been to the Adirondacks for High Adventure Camp. He will attend Philmont in the summer. Andrew has served as Senior Patrol Leader, and is currently acting as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 1346. He has also earned the God and Country Award and the James Lehrer Leadership Award. His activities at W.T. Woodson include National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society and Young Republicans Club.
Michael Miller is a recent graduate of Robinson Secondary School. He entered Scouting in kindergarten as a member of Cub Scout Pack 1346 and has earned the Arrow of Light award, God and Country award, James Lehrer Leadership Award and is a member of Order of the Arrow Honor Society. He occupied numerous leadership positions in Troop 1346 including Senior Patrol Leader. He attended many Scout camps — most notably Philmont, New Mexico and Sea Base in the Florida Keys. Michael was a member of the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society and was the Robinson Wrestling Team Captain. He will attend the University of Virginia in the fall.
Jared Viellieu also just graduated from Robinson Secondary School. He began on the trail to Eagle as a member of Cub Scout Pack 1346, and has earned the Arrow of Light award and is a member of Order of the Arrow. Jared recently went to Sea Base in the Florida Keys. He has had many leadership positions in Boy Scout Troop 1346 including Senior Patrol Leader. Jared's school activities at Robinson included Key Club, National Honor Society, basketball and Virginia Boy's State Delegate.
James Calabrese recently graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He began scouting as a kindergartner with Cub Scout Pack 1346. During his journey to Eagle, James earned the Arrow of Light award and God and Country award. He is also a member of Order of the Arrow Honor Society. James went to various Boy Scout summer camps including Goshen, Horseshoe, Rodney and Philmont in New Mexico. James' school activities included membership in Jefferson's National Honor Society, cross country, soccer, bocce ball and Model Judiciary. James will attend the University of Virginia in the fall.
Ryan McGrath graduated Robinson Secondary recently. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow and has had many leadership positions in Boy Scouts. Ryan has served as a Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Den Chief. He excelled in athletics and academics at Robinson, and was awarded both the Tennis and Wrestling Scholar Athlete Awards. Not one to be satisfied with the status quo, Ryan co-founded the Robinson High School Mini-Golf Club. He plans to attend the University of Virginia in the fall to study computer science.