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Six Teens From Eastchester Troop Earn Eagle Scout Award

From left: Andrew Mrose, Noah Orlando, Alejandro Urbina, Matthew Occhicone, Derek Cheung and Tenneth Fairclough.
From left: Andrew Mrose, Noah Orlando, Alejandro Urbina, Matthew Occhicone, Derek Cheung and Tenneth Fairclough. Photo Credit: Contributed

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. -- Six members of Eastchester's Troop 353 have earned the highest achievement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to Scouts, the Eagle Scout award.

The six are: Derek Cheung, 18, of Eastchester, Tenneth Fairclough, 17, of the Bronx, Andrew Mrose, 17, of Yonkers, Matthew Occhicone, 16, of Eastchester, Noah Orlando, 18, of Eastchester and Alejandro Urbina, 16, of Bronxville,

The six will be recognized in ceremonies at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church at 53 Winter Hill Road, Tuckahoe. The boys are all members of Troop 353 in Eastchester.

Each candidate must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and successfully organize and lead a community service project to earn the Eagle award. The project demonstrates the ideals of leadership and community service that is the foundation of the Scouting program.

The six chose to plan and complete the following individual projects:

  • Cheung restored a pathway and beautified the rear landscape of the American Legion Hall in Eastchester.
  • Fairclough rehabilitated the Cardinal Spellman High School boys gym locker rooms to provide a better working atmosphere for both students and staff.
  • Mrose  collaborated with Habitat for Humanity of Westchester to improve the condition of a house’s backyard, which expedited the completion of the house, allowing it to be presented to the owner, a veteran, on Veterans Day.
  • Occhicone educated various community organizations on U.S. flag etiquette in addition to collecting and retiring U.S. flags in a respectful manner.
  • Orlando designed, manufactured and installed flag holders alongside headstones for the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Holy Mount Cemetery in Eastchester.
  • Urbina planned and conducted an iPod and CD music drive to replicate the music and memory therapy program for seniors with dementia at the Michael Malotz long-term care facility in Yonkers.

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