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Young Achiever: Che Esch

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Che Esch, 15, mowed lawns around the area to raise $5,000 toward the Aspinwall Riverfront Park, which broke ground last week.
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Age: 15

Family: Father, David; mother, Eleni

Residence: Aspinwall

School: Sophomore at Fox Chapel High School

Hobbies/Activities: At the high school, Che is a member of the swim team, forensics team, math club, literary arts magazine and robotics team. He also is a member of Boy Scout Troop 380 at Christ Church Fox Chapel.

Noteworthy: When his scout troop was asked to contribute to the Aspinwall Riverfront Park project, Che decided to raise money by mowing lawns. He mowed more than 100 lawns and raised $5,000, which a matching grant turned into $10,000 toward the purchase of the parkland. Organizers broke ground last weekend on the first phase of walking trails for the nine-acre park along the Allegheny River. He also rehabilitated an old shed on the property as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Quote: “It was just a whole community banding together to raise money for the park, and it's the whole community that will benefit from it.”

— Matthew Santoni

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