Two Georgiaville scouts earn top rank

Two Georgiaville scouts earn top rank

John Fontaine (right) and Bryce Moroni of Troop 1 in Georgiaville achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on March 29. Less than 6 percent of scouts reach the rank of Eagle Scout, earning a minimum of 21 merit badges, completing an Eagle project, and demonstrating leadership, character and civic responsibility.

SMITHFIELD – John Fontaine and Bryce Moroni of Troop 1 in Georgiaville achieved Eagle Scout status on March 29 after years of work moving through the rank earning numerous merit badges and participating in service projects.

Both took a leadership role in the troop as they matured through scouting from patrol leaders to senior patrol leaders and eventually junior assistant scoutmaster.

The Eagle Scout project for Fontaine, son of Jill and John Fontaine, consisted of placing ten tree identifications along a hiking trail in Olivia’s Forest in Smithfield to help educate the experience for hikers.

He led 22 scouts and adults through the tree identification installation process, supervising the hole digging, cement mixing and finally the installation of posts and signs.

Fontaine raised funds for his project through a bake sale at his home parish, St. Michael’s Church, with the help of his fellow scouts. Upon completion of the project, Fontaine donated the remaining $700 from the fundraiser to the Smithfield Land Trust.

Moroni, son of Melissa and Jeff Moroni, completed the renovation and conversion of a closet in the Smithfield High School music department into a micro-classroom for his Eagle Scout service project. The space can be used for students to practice sectional work with instruments separate from the band.

Moroni cleared out the closet of rotted and broken shelving, and then painted and remodeled the room to be a safe storage area for attire, and a learning space for students. He also donated to the beneficiary of the project for future additions.