Unionville seniors earn Eagle rank

William Hart, Jr. (left), Bryan Aiken (center) and Andrew Guarino celebrated their Eagle rank with family and friends

Boy Scout Troop 22 in Unionville recently honored three new Eagle Scouts, William Hart, Jr., Bryan T. Aiken and Andrew Guarino, at a special Court of Honor held at the Unionville Presbyterian Church.

Will is the son of William and Michelle Hart of Unionville, Pennsylvania, and grandson of Jacklen Powell and the late Ronald Powell of Unionville, PA. Will, earned his Eagle rank by building a 16 foot long retaining wall that will prevent erosion at the Brandywine Conservancy/Laurels Preserve - a service project which took approximately 270 hours to complete. Will has held numerous leadership roles within his Boy Scout Troop Den Chief, Quartermaster, Instructor, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. He is also a member of the Order of the Arrow, and enjoyed high adventure camping at Northern Tier and the Canadian Finger-Lake Wilderness.

Will is a senior at the Unionville High School. He was a member of the Varsity Football Team and played on the defensive line as nose guard and tackle. In the winter months, Will is a member and captain of the Varsity Wrestling Team at UHS. He has placed in many tournaments and won awards during his wrestling career. In his spare time, Will is an outdoorsman and enjoys helping others in the community.

Bryan Aiken is the son of Craig and Mary Aiken of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Bryans Eagle project was building a land bridge over a culvert leading to the columbarium at the St. Michaels Lutheran Church on Doe Run Road in Kennett Square. A columbarium is a masonry structure that stores the ashes of cremated family members. The culvert was important for storm water drainage, and the land bridge allows easier access to the columbarium from the church building, including handicapped individuals who otherwise would have difficulty visiting the site. The project took over 190 hours to complete and included extensive planning, township approval and utilization of landscaping skills.

Bryan is a senior at the Unionville High School. He especially enjoys science and math classes, and he plans on studying in a field of engineering in college. Bryan has been active with sports and community service, and at UHS he played lacrosse, golf and ice hockey. Bryan achieved all Chesmont League honors during his junior and senior seasons for the high school golf team. Bryan served as a Den Chief, Patrol Leader, and Troop Guide for Troop 22. He received the LL Good Citizen Award and is a member of Order of the Arrow. His most memorable trip was a week-long high adventure snorkeling and sailing trip in the Bahamas at Sea Base.

Andrew Guarino is the son of Ed and Karen Guarino of West Chester, Pennsylvania. His Eagle project was to build and install 15 bluebird houses in the Anson B. Nixon Park to encourage the birds to take up residence in Kennett Square. He researched the latest house design features from Longwood Gardens and local resident experts, to incorporate into his design. Inspection during the summer of 2013 verified all 15 houses with new families. Andrew served Troop 22 as Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Patrol Leader, Scribe and Instructor. Highlights of Andrews high adventure camping included Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and Northern Tier in Canada.

Andrew is currently a senior and honor roll student at Unionville High School. He plans to study engineering in college. He has been a member of the high school tennis team since 9th grade. He has also been part of the Unionville High School Marching Band, Symphonic and Jazz Band (playing the Trumpet and occasional French horn), and a member of National Honor Society and LINK Program at Unionville High School.

Troop 22 has been serving the Unionville community for 90 years. Boys ages 11-17 who are interested in joining the Troop can find information on the website, www.troop-22.com or call Scoutmaster John McCabe at 610-633-0522.

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