Bartow High School sophomore Corey A. Trudeau earned the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout. Corey is a member of Boy Scout Troop 104 in Lakeland and passed a rigorous Board of Review process in November and will be officially awarded the rank of Eagle Scout during a local ceremony on March 23.
Corey, 15, advanced through all the ranks of Scouting, first as a member of Boy Scout Troop 147 in Bartow and then as part of Troop 104. Along the way, he served stints as senior patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader. Corey is also a member of his high school wrestling team and a parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Bartow.
On his long path to Eagle Scout, Corey was required to earn 21 merit badges — he has 50 in all — and execute a community-service project of his own conception and design. With help from Troop 104 Scouts and leaders, Corey repainted all of the lines for the parking spots at St. Thomas church last September. He also led the building and installation of wooden cubbies and corkboard crosses for the church’s pre-kindergarten classroom. Roughly 20 troop volunteers worked on the project, putting in 170 hours of labor altogether. To garner the necessary materials, Trudeau solicited donations of cash and supplies from family, friends and local businesses.
“I know that the positive attitude and skills I obtained in Boy Scouts will help me for the rest of my life, as I push on to pursue a career as a defense attorney,” Corey said.
Only 5 percent of Scouts ever reach Eagle, although more than 2 million have done it since 1912.
Corey is the son of Jane and Albert Trudeau, and has a sister Amanda, and brother Colby.
Armstrong named to Dean’s List
Joslyn C. Armstrong was named to the University of Florida college of Agricultural and Life Science’s Dean’s List.
Joslyn is a graduated from Bartow High School in 2009.
She is the daughter of Joel and Annette Armstrong of Bartow.
First Methodist student honored for volunteer work
John Prescott, 11, of Fort Meade was honored for his volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was presented by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.
John participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a representative of First Methodist School in Bartow where he is a student.
John earned his award by creating a community service project called Farmers for Families. Farmers for Families takes donated fresh fruits and vegetables from local farmers to host free farmers markets for families in need.
“The most memorable part of this project was distributing the food and having the people say ‘Thank You,’” John said.
Cadet graduates from Army basic training
Army Pfc. Saulo J. Trejo graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
In nine weeks Trejo received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.
Trejo is a 2012 graduate of Summerlin Military Academy. He is the son of Maria Soto of West Davidson Street.
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