Teens from Jefferson Hills, Pleasant Hills earn Eagle Scout rank
Zachery Chuderewicz and Alexander Detwiler, members of Troop 1843 in Jefferson Hills, have earned a special distinction in their young lives: This spring, both were named Eagle Scouts.
Alexander, 17, and a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School, supplied servicemen with personal care products and Girl Scout cookies.
He had hoped to send 20 boxes overseas, but through the generosity of local business owners and members of Jefferson United Methodist and St. Thomas A' Becket Catholic churches, he was able to send 40 boxes.
“I could tell people were pleased with what I was doing by their donations,” Alexander, of Pleasant Hills, said.
Inside each box was a note from Alexander and one from his mother's fourth-grade reading students in the Clairton City School District.
Leftover items were donated to the American Legion Post 712 in Pleasant Hills.
“This was overwhelming in a good way,” said his mother, Patti. “It was heartwarming how generous people are when you hear about all the bad in the world.”
Zachery, also a rising senior at Thomas Jefferson High School, chose to build five benches for his church, St. Thomas A'Becket, and made a little history of his own.
The son of Beckie and Dan Chuderewicz of Jefferson Hills, Zachary, 17, is now the second Eagle Scout in the family, following in his father's footsteps. While his grandfather did not earn the rank, he can be credited with at least 30 years of Scouting. Both men were his inspiration, he said, as he hopes to serve as an assistant scoutmaster.
After gaining approval from the Rev. Bob Seeman, retired pastor, and the Rev. Dan Mauer, the project began. The benches, paid for by donations, now stand near The Holy Family statues at the new church.
“They look extremely nice,” he said. “They're a place to pray and sit.”
Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Pleasant Hills Middle school celebrates 50 years with nod to past
- Streets Run used as detour
- West Jefferson Hills school district to discuss grading policy
- Pleasant Hills library to try old-fashioned approach to reading
- Landlord opens door in Brentwood to help those who served
- Brentwood residents, mayor back acting police chief
- Coach in Baldwin-Whitehall does not get middle school football job
- Baldwin police officers lauded for work
- Brentwood school district issues measles letter in response to social media stir