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Teens from Jefferson Hills, Pleasant Hills earn Eagle Scout rank

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By Dona S. Dreeland
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 10:12 a.m.

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

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