Six new Eagle Scouts in Diamond Hill troop

Six new Eagle Scouts in Diamond Hill troop

Boy Scouts with Troop 1 Diamond Hill receiving their Eagle Scout designation are, from left, Matthew Charles Curran, 18, Sean J. Hunt, 17, Stephen Vito Petrone, 16, Michael P. Sullivan, 17, John B. Leonard, 17, and Oliver Salvatore O’Neill, 17. The Eagle Court of Honor was held at St. John Vianney Church in Cumberland on Sunday. (Breeze photo by Bill Murphy)

CUMBERLAND – Six Boy Scouts from Troop 1 Diamond Hill were elevated to the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor Sunday afternoon at St. John Vianney Church, Diamond Hill Road, where the troop meets regularly.

Honored were:

• Matthew C. Curran, son of Steve and Sarah Curran

• Sean J. Hunt, son of James and Cindy Hunt

• John B. Leonard, son of John and Julie Leonard

• Oliver S. O’Neill, son of John and Roberta O’Neill

• Stephen V. Petrone, son of John Petrone and Tracey McCusker

• Michael P. Sullivan, son of James and Michele Sullivan.

All are Cumberland residents.

David Cabatingan was master of ceremonies, with Tim Draper offering an invocation. Presenting Eagle emblems were Dan Acello, Marco Arcand, Drew Becker, Greycin Bobola, J.T. DeDonato, Alex Hoagland and Luke O’Neill.

Presenting citations were Mayor William Murray, state Rep. Mia Ackerman, Michael Plasse, Paul Trigo, Rob Bishop and Stephen Lane.

The troop’s Scoutmaster is Stephen Collard. Assistant Scoutmasters attending were: Trigo, Lane, Bishop, Dave Becker, Jim Hunt and Jim Sullivan. Also on hand were Troop Committee Chairman John Petrone, and members Cathy Collard, Caroline Hoagland and Cindy Hunt.

About the Scouts

• Matthew Curran served the troop as Junior Asst. Scoutmaster, Asst. Senior Patrol Leader, and Patrol Leader. He earned 43 merit badges as well as Order of the Arrow and Yawgoog’s Mile Swim.

His Eagle Project was a clothing drive for the Salvation Army, in which more than 300 bags of clothing was gathered. He will attend the University of Vermont in the fall.

• Sean Hunt served his troop as Asst. Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide and Den Chef. He earned 51 merit badges, as well as Order of the Arrow and Mile Swim.

For his project, he installed a granite veteran’s memorial at the Cumberland Beagle Club and created a spot for reflection. Hunt will be a Cumberland High School senior this year, and hopes to study computer engineering in college.

• John Leonard served his troop as Junior Asst. Scoutmaster, Treasurer, Instructor and Patrol Leader. He earned 35 merit badges, as well as the Arrow of Light and camping and hiking awards.

For his Eagle project, he built and installed two picnic tables and cleared a viewing area behind North Cumberland Middle School. A student at Bishop Feehan High School, he hopes to study business and finance in college.

• Oliver O’Neill served his troop as Order of the Arrow representative, Scribe, Patrol Leader and Librarian. He earned 42 merit badges, as well as Order of the Arrow, Hiker of Yawgoog, and other awards.

His Eagle Project was also the construction of the NCMS cross-country run viewing area, and added benches. He will attend Connecticut College in the fall, and hopes to study in the Humanities and the Arts.

• Stephen Petrone served his troop as Asst. Senior Patrol Leader, Order of the Arrow Troop representative, Scribe, and more. He earned 40 merit badges, as well as Order of the Arrow, Arrow of Light, and several other awards.

For his Eagle Project, Petrone supervised the removal of invasive Autumn Olive bushes from the High Rock Preserve on behalf of the Cumberland Land Trust. In doing so, he made the area much more open and inviting to bluebirds and Monarch butterflies. He is a senior at Bishop Hendricken High School and hopes to pursue a career in film at college.

• Michael Sullivan served his troop as Junior Asst. Scoutmaster, Patrol Leader, Order of the Arrow representative and Quartermaster. He earned 38 merit badges, as well as Order of the Arrow, Arrow of Light, Bronze Palm, and several other awards.

His project was to finance, design and construct foldable benches for use at the Northern R.I. Food Pantry in Cumberland. He also organized a food drive as well as a volunteer day for the pantry. A rising senior at Cumberland High School, he hopes to study environmental science in college.