Four BSA Troop 75 Scouts who met in first grade Cubs Scouts recently stopped by their old school, May Watts Elementary in Naperville, for a visit. All four teenagers earned Eagle Scout honors.
Principal Brian LeCrone met the boys who are now high school seniors. He told them how impressed he was with their positive involvement in the community as they walked through the halls of their old kindergarten classroom.
Three of them had the same teacher, Linda Doranski, who welcomed the boys eagerly.
Looking like giants sitting at small desks, the boys reminisced about their days at May Watts, explained their Eagle plans and talked about their plans after high school.
• Sean Brennan designed original designs for helmet and bat boxes for the Naperville Park District that are installed at the Knoch Park baseball diamonds. The scouts spent a Saturday at his house assembling and coloring the boxes. Brennan has been playing baseball since kindergarten and currently plays on the Metea Valley High School and Wheatland Ducks baseball teams. He saw a need to keep baseball equipment organized and safe in the shed.
The Naperville Park District said Brennan showed great energy, leadership and a positive attitude throughout the project, naming him the recipient of the Naperville Youth Service Award of the Year.
At BSA Troop 75, Brennan served as Den Leader, Deputy Quartermaster, Patrol Leader, and Chaplain’s Assistant. Brennan is a senior at Metea Valley High School, playing baseball and playing trumpet in a band. An Illinois State Scholar, he plans to major in mechanical engineering at Purdue University.
• Evan Frazier led a team of Boy Scouts that built and stained two large picnic tables for May Watts Elementary School. The tables are located on the north side of the school, giving teachers a place to eat, children a place to sit and play games, and parents a place to watch their children’s extracurricular activities. Picnic tables are near the open fields where Frazier started playing football in kindergarten. Frazier was inspired by the idea of wanting to do something for his elementary school.
“I wanted to give back to the school and make a difference,” Frazier said. Frazier served as a historian and patrol leader with BSA Troop 75.
One of the highlights of his time with Troop 75 was participating in Sea Base High Adventure in the Florida Keys last summer. Frazier is a Benet Academy senior who is involved in environmental club and college football. In 2019, the football team won the 3A State Championship and he recently received a Senior Varsity Award. An Illinois State Scholar, he plans to study accounting in college.
• Aidan Jones, whose love of reading and writing began in May Watts, wanted to give back to the school by building two small free libraries. One is freestanding in the teachers’ lounge at May Watts Elementary School and the other has been set up in front of the school for children to use. Jones worked with his former Cubmasters, who were his father and Steve Petrille, to create plans and a family friend helped select and cut the wood. Jones went over the plans with a group of scouts who assembled the two small free libraries one Saturday at his home. Jones won the Young Author Contest almost every year while at May Watts and Hill Middle School.
Jones was heavily involved with BSA Troop 75 as a recruiter and senior patrol leader; one of the highlights was Sea Base High Adventure in the Florida Keys last summer. A senior at Benet Academy, he has been involved in cross country and track and is the president of Muse, Benet’s songwriting club. Jones plans to go to college and pursue a career in writing.
• Carter Wijangco, who started fishing with his grandfather at age 5 and later signed up for fishing programs with the DuPage County Forest Preserve, knew he wanted to do an Eagle Project Scout related to fishing. Familiar with several lakes in the forest reserve, he followed a plan to build fish cages. These nurseries help create an underwater habitat, thereby improving the ecosystem. Boy Scouts gathered at his home to build the fish cages that were eventually dumped in Rice Lake and Round Meadow Lake in the DuPage County Forest Preserve. Wijangco served as a Den Leader and Assistant Quartermaster while part of BSA Troop 75. Wijangco is a Metea Valley senior who participated in band and wrestling. He travels extensively to attend bass fishing tournaments and has won the National Junior Bassmaster Championship. He plans to major in digital media at Drury University in Missouri, receiving an academic and athletic scholarship to join their bass fishing team.
The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most important values-based youth development organizations. The Eagle Scout Award is BSA’s highest advancement award. Nationally, only 8% of all Boy Scouts achieve Eagle rank.
Brennan, Frazier, Jones and Wijangco are four of the six Scouts who achieved Eagle rank in 2021 in Troop 75.
The four teenagers will be recognized during an Eagle Court of Honor at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 12 at the Good Shepherd Church in Naperville.
Since 1994, 78 Scouts have achieved Eagle rank within the troop. BSA Troop 75 is proud to be boy-led, offering a program for young people that builds character, citizenship and leadership and trains them in the three core values of Scouting – the Scout Oath, Scout Law and Code of outdoors.
Troop 75 Eagle Scouts 2021 will also celebrate with their local council and will be among nearly 300 young men and women who have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Three Fires Council.
The 2021 Three Fires Council Class Eagle Gathering will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 18, at Bobak’s signature events at Seven Bridges in Woodridge.