Northshire residents achieve Eagle Scout rank

MANCHESTER — Two Northshire residents were recently awarded scouting's highest achievement after years of services through Manchester's Boy Scout Troop 332.

Joshua Coppola, 18, of Manchester and Nicholas Williams, 18, of Sunderland were recognized as Eagle Scouts at a court of honor hosted by the Manchester Masonic Lodge on Oct. 7.

"I joined scouting when I was 11 as a Cub Scout, and I always had the idea that I wanted to become an Eagle Scout," said Coppola, who reached his goal on April 3. "It's the end road of years of scouting, and it means that you have the drive to complete the requirements and learn the leadership skills that are required to attain it."

Coppola, a 2017 graduate of Burr and Burton Academy and freshman at Clarkson University, completed 36 merit badges on his path to becoming an Eagle Scout. The computer science major also coordinated a work service project, building two permanent outdoor chess tables inlaid with granite and marble chess boards at Manchester's Factory Point Town Green.

For Coppola, the new rank comes with a heavy responsibility to his community.

"I hope that I have the knowledge and the ability to approach any situation when it comes to leadership or morality, and find a solution that benefits everyone involved," said Coppola. "I want to be able to make decisions and take risks that will hopefully benefit myself and others."

Williams, a senior at Burr and Burton Academy, completed 31 merit badges and a work service project to install outdoor permanent exercise equipment at Manchester's Rec Park. For this project, the Scout coordinated the building of monkey bars, a pull-up station, a dip station, and a rope station.

"I joined scouting when I was in 6th grade, so I was around 12 or 13 years old, and I always wanted to become an Eagle Scout," said Williams. "It took all the way from 8th grade through high school to achieve that."

While Williams is honored to be recognized as an Eagle Scout, he plans to continue giving back.

"For me, it's been a huge honor. I've been aspiring to achieve this for a long time, and it really teaches you a lifestyle of service," said Williams. "I'd like to be involved by joining Eagle Boards, but I also plan on being involved with community projects. Whatever I can do to be of service to the community, I'll be doing that."

Reach Cherise Madigan at 802-490-6471.


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