Pittsfield: Three Troop 8 scouts earn Eagle honor

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PITTSFIELD — Three members of Boy Scout Troop 8 have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scout program. A Court of Honor was held March 17 at the Zion Lutheran Church.

The scouts are Alexander Parsons, son of Jennifer and Robert Parsons, and Daniel and Timothy Schiek, twin sons of Mark and Renee Schiek of Lanesborough.

Representatives of the VFW were present to hand out certificates to the Eagle Scouts. Other citations were presented by Mayor Linda Tyer, State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, State Rep. John Barrett III, and State Sen. Adam G. Hinds.

Parsons began his trail to Eagle Scout as a Bobcat Scout in Pack 1, earning his Arrow of Light. He crossed over into Troop 20, later transitioning to Troop 8 where he served as patrol leader for two years and an assistant senior patrol leader for two years. Parsons is an Ordeal member of the Order of the Arrow.

His Eagle project involved the redesign and rebuild of the garden at Soldier-On in Pittsfield, so that the veterans will have garden therapy available to them on-site. All members can now actively participate in the garden. The produce grown there can be used in the cooking services in the kitchen, which ultimately saves on food costs. Parson's team logged over 25 man-hours of service in completing this project.

Parsons is a 2017 Pittsfield High School graduate, earning a Business Certificate with additional work and studies. While at PHS, he was a member of the golf team. He is currently working full-time at Cranwell Spa and Golf Resort in Lenox. He is simultaneously pursuing a business degree at Berkshire Community College and plans to start his own landscaping business.

Daniel Schiek began his trail to Eagle as a Wolf Scout in Pack 8, where he earned his Arrow of Light. He crossed over to Troop 20, later joining Troop 8, where he was a patrol leader for two years, and the troop librarian. He was on staff at Rotary Scout Reservation and is an adult leader in Troop 8.

Daniel's Eagle project benefited the Bill Laston Memorial Park in Lanesborough. His team built wood shelving for supplies and equipment in the storage building used by youth recreational leagues. They also put a new coat of stain on wood planter boxes around the park. A total of 42 man-hours of labor went into the completion of this project.

Daniel is a graduate of Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, with memberships in the National Honor Society and the National Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society.

He is currently majoring in mathematics at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where he heads Game Night for the Gaming Society while maintaining dean's list.

Timothy Schiek began his trail to Eagle as a Wolf Scout in Pack 8, where he earned his Arrow of Light. He crossed over to Troop 20, later joining Troop 8, where he held the leadership positions of webmaster, patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader. He was a councilor-in-training at Rotary Scout Reservation and is an adult leader in Troop 8.

For his Eagle project, Timothy installed a paver walkway in the grassy median in the parking lot at Lanesborough Elementary School. The walkway provides a safe, hard surface on which to walk, reducing the chances of falling, especially during the winter months. A total of 81 man-hours of service went into completing this project.

A graduate of Mount Greylock Regional High School, Timothy was an active member of the theater programs, including musicals, spring dramas, and Fall Festival of Shakespeare, and a member of the Makerspace and Digital Media Club. He is enrolled at Berkshire Community College pursuing an associate's degree in liberal arts.

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