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SWR Siblings Earn Eagle Scout Status

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Congratulations to junior Teddy Haarke and sophomore April Haarke who have both obtained the rank of Eagle Scout. This nationally recognized achievement is the highest honor earned in Boy Scouts of America. They are the first brother and sister to earn this award at the same time and the second pair of siblings in Suffolk County as girls have been able to join since 2019. Only 6% of Scouts earn this honor.

A member of Troop 161 in Shoreham, Teddy started Scouts in second grade. His Eagle Scout project consisted of building a flag depository box and bench, and painting a tractor at Long Island Antique Power Association, where he is also a member.

April, a member of Troop 23G in Center Moriches, has a passion for science and wanted to share that enthusiasm with people who not have the opportunities she has had. Her project consisted of working with the Long Island Science Center outreach program with a homeless shelter. She put together 75 individual science projects geared to a variety of ages that are being used to expose the children at the shelter to STEM, essentially bringing the science museum to them.

“We are pleased to have these two students in our high school,” Principal Frank Pugliese said. “In addition to their exceptional academic work, they looked beyond our school community and found worthwhile and far-reaching projects to qualify for this rank. We are proud that they took the initiative to give back to our greater community.”

Date Added: 2/16/2024