11/8/2012 5:19:00 PM Regis freshman gave back to his old school
Regis High School photo
Connor West stands on his Eagle Scout project.
STAYTON — This summer, 14 year-old Connor West, a freshman at Regis High School, achieved the pinnacle of his Scouting experience: the rank of Eagle Scout. To earn the honor, West had to complete an Eagle Scout service project, an application of what he had learned: leadership, responsibility, organizing, and applying the Scout Oath “to help other people.”
West chose to give back to his grade school, St. Mary's.
He created a 20-by-30-foot concrete platform near a Marian prayer garden and installed two benches. Not only did he intend to create a lovely area for reflection, but there was a practical purpose. That spot gets muddy and students tend to track grime into the school, to the chagrin of Rick Schindler, the principal. West even saw children slip and fall because of the mud.
West managed fundraising, coordinated volunteers and oversaw construction.
"I really enjoyed doing it — helping more people pray," West explains. He'd like more students to find moments away from the rush and rigor of school.
West is only the 41st Eagle Scout from Stayton's Troop 50 since 1934. West, a cross-country runner, is also a member of the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts.
Stepping in to help was Mike Adams Construction, North Santiam Paving, Freres Lumber, Knife River, Knights of Columbus St. Anthony council, Stayton Rotary and Lowe’s. In addition, scouts, friends and family contributed more than 148 hours of volunteer time to see the project through.
"The area and benches have already become a student favorite during recess," Schindler says. "The students and staff love it. We have been very blessed to have the entire West family as part of our school and Connor's service and achievement is really no surprise. He's a fantastic young man."
West said he'd dreamt for years of making Eagle Scout. And now, his next dream is the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.