The Morris County Board of Freeholders recently honored eight Eagle and Gold Award Scouts from across Morris County for a series of ambitious scout projects that assisted local towns, neighborhoods, fire departments, local churches and temples in projects that each required hundreds of hours of volunteer efforts by the scouts and their volunteer project teams.
The freeholders presented the county certificates of achievements to the students on June 14 in Morristown. The recipients from the New View Media Group coverage area were: Victoria Lynn Carson of Troop 690, Long Valley; Khang Huynh Lieu, of Troop 155, Hanover Township; Thomas Francis McBride IV of Troop 155, Hanover Township; Aldo Joseph Bangiola of Troop 34, Morristown; and Aleks Murauskas of Troop 53, Randolph, and Mark Salotti, of Troop 188, Landing.
“It is really a privilege for the Board of Freeholders to celebrate the positive efforts of these young men and women, who took it upon themselves to make positive impacts on their respective communities,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “They, obviously, are the future leaders of Morris County, and we salute them.’’
Each of the scouts who received county certificates have impressive personal resumes, featuring outstanding family, school, scouting and personal achievements. The following is a snapshot of their Eagle and Gold Award Scout projects:
Victoria Lynn Carson is a graduate of West Morris Central High School and attends Syracuse University. For her project, Carson created a time capsule of Long Valley to help promote town unity. She created a website and flyers to advertise the project, interviewed Washington Township officials, surveyed more than 350 students, took photos of the town, researched the town’s history, and sought donations of artifacts to be preserved.
Khang Huynh Lieu is a junior at Whippany Park High School. Khang is involved with Lin Son Temple, a Buddhist Congregation in Stanhope. For his project, he led a group in the remodeling the lower level of the temple. The work included painting, wallpapering and replacing ceiling lights, as part of a total remodeling effort.
Thomas Francis McBride IV is also a junior at Whippany Park High School. For his Eagle project, McBride refurbished the storage room of the Howard’s Mission warehouse for the non-profit Gellman Foundation, which collects and distributes items for the homeless communities of New Jersey and New York. He led volunteers in cleaning the space, prepping and painting the walls, assembling storage racks, tables and bins, and reorganizing the space.
Aldo “Joe’’ Bangiola is a graduating student at Morristown High School. For his Eagle project, he built a brick plaza in front of the Assumption Church in Morristown, where he is an active member. Bangiola worked for a year on the project, obtaining needed town permits, raising money, and leading a team of 45 youths and adults.
Mark Salotti is a graduating senior at Roxbury High School. For his Eagle project, he gave back to his town by planning and executing the beautification of Succasunna Field, with a focal point of renovating the concession stand. His project included cleaning, sanding, power washing, and painting the stand, while replacing mulch and installing railroad ties.
Aleks Murauskas is a graduate of Randolph High School and a current student at McGill University in Montreal, where he is studying software engineering. For his Eagle project, Murauskas mapped the fire hydrants in Randolph and compiled them into a database that was loaded into the township’s GPS-enabled emergency vehicles. This enables fire companies to quickly locate hydrants, enhancing their responses to fires.