Woodstock’s Jake Miceli earned the rank of Eagle Scout partly by contributing at Woodstock North High School.
Miceli, the son of Linda and Woodstock School District 200 Board of Education member Jerry Miceli, is a member of Troop 329, which is affiliated with the Woodstock Moose Lodge. His Scoutmaster is Ted Jankowski.
To reach the rank of Eagle Scout, a Scout must complete a community service project. Miceli chose to do his at WNHS, where he attends high school.
Miceli’s project consisted of cleaning up the area around the WNHS football field and installing windscreens around the bleachers.
The project was carried out June 6 and 7 by Miceli and his team of 14 volunteers. They worked five hours each day.
“The screens have awesome graphics on them that say ‘WNHS Thunder’ in 5-foot lettering,” said Miceli. “Part of the project included fundraising to purchase the windscreens. I received a generous donation from the WNHS athletic boosters. The other half of the funds came from money in a school endowment that former WNHS Principal Brian McAdow (a fellow Eagle Scout) told me could be used for this project. [Principal] Darlea Livengood gave final approval of using the funds.”
Miceli began in Boy Scouts in the sixth grade. His older brother Joe is also an Eagle Scout from the same troop.
He earned 21 badges on the road to Eagle Scout. He said his favorite was life saving.
“I earned this at summer camp,” he said. “It was a lot of hands-on learning, and I got to practice saving someone in a lake.”
“If Scouting has taught me anything, it’s to never give up on an important goal,” he said. “No matter how far you may get pushed back, keep your eye on the prize. I’ve had a lot of great experiences in Scouting and a lot of challenging ones. I’m so glad I stuck with it and have earned the rank of Eagle Scout.”
News of recognitions, milestones and other community events can be sent to Janet Dovidio at firstname.lastname@example.org.