Three local Scouts soar to highest rank of Eagle

by Tianna G. Hansen

Three local boys who are members of the Boy Scout Troop 230 in Yardley recently earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout and were honored at their Court of Honor ceremony on June 30th at The Washington Crossing Visitors Center.

In order to become an Eagle Scout, each boy had to complete a special project which counts toward service hours.

Becoming an Eagle Scout is no slight accomplishment; it takes a lot of work and dedication.

Jack Barry, of Yardley, along with two of his fellow troop mates, Brady Stergion, of Yardley, and Tom Plunkett, of Langhorne, were honored for achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout from The Boy Scouts of America.

“It was a long road and it’s not always easy, but to come out on the other side of accomplishing something so terrific is very rewarding for the boys,” said Joan Barry, Jack’s mom.

Jack worked on a beautification project at the Lower Makefield Veteran’s Park for his Eagle Scout project, creating new plantings around a newly constructed pathway and park sign.

This project was particularly meaningful for him as he could honor his grandfather, who is a WWII veteran, and his uncle who was a member of the US Marine Corps.

Jack graduated from Holy Ghost Prep in June and is heading to the University of Pittsburgh where he will double major in Business and Environmental Science, a nod to his experiences with the Boy Scouts where he developed a love for the beauty in the world.

“The Boy Scouts do amazing things – the hiking, camping and other qualities they are learning but also the leadership and skills they will carry forward for their rest of their lives,” said Joan. “All the boys now have an impressive project they have completed and can look back on when they are faced with future challenges and know they have accomplished something great.”

Brady Stergion, of Yardley, is a recent graduate of Notre Dame High School.

His Eagle Scout Project was renovating and building new shelving and stocking the closet pantry for St. John the Evangelist Shared Meals Program in Yardley.

The Shared Meals program provides a home-cooked dinner for those in need in our community in conjunction with Advocates for Homeless and Those in Need.

“Brady has been volunteering for several years with this program,” his mother, Tamara, said.

He received the Presidential Service Award for volunteering over 150 hours in one year during his junior year at Notre Dame High School.

Brady also rows for Princeton National Rowing Association/Mercer and got a silver medal this June at US Rowing Youth Nationals in Sarasota, Florida.

In the fall, he will be rowing for Fairfield University.

Brady is a Magis scholar in the Honors College and the Dolan School of Business.

He is majoring in Finance. 

Tom Plunkett, of Langhorne, is a recent graduate of Neshaminy High School.

Tom’s Eagle Scout Project was installing 20 flagpoles at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery to fly the casket flags that are donated by the Veteran’s families to the cemetery.

This was a special project for him, as his family is very military-based and focused, so giving back to Veteran’s families who aren’t able to provide an honor to their family members was important to him.

He was inspired to complete this project after volunteering to help take wreaths down for the Wreaths Across America program and decided this was a great way to give back to the community and those who have served our country.

His mother, Mary Plunkett, was proud to recall all the hard work and dedication Tom put into this project over the course of a year-and-a-half or two years, due to many project delays.

“It took an entire day just to get through the slate in the ground to install the flagpoles,” Mary recalls.

Tom is one of four brothers who have all been involved with Boy Scouts.

He is enrolling at Widener University to study Mechanical Engineering and run cross-country and track.

Tom is looking forward to participating in a school that reflects the sort of pride and passion he has cherished as being part of the Boy Scout Troop.

“A big thing about being part of the Boy Scouts is taking pride in yourself and the work you do,” Mary said. “It’s about giving back to the community, showing leadership for those who come after you, and contributing to society.”

Congratulations to these three young men!

PHOTO CAP: Matt Gruda (left) of Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s office,
presents American flags and proclamations from the US House of Representatives to Brady Stergion, Tom Plunkett, and Jack Barry. Photo by Mimi Black.