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Troop 259 teens earn Eagle Scout awards in Herminie

| Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
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Randy Rothwell (left) and Nick Morozowich earn Eagle Scout status at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor held March 3, 2013, in Herminie.

An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held March 3 at Herminie United Methodist Church for the presentation of the Eagle Scout Award to Randy Rothwell and Nicholas Morozowich, both members of Scout Troop 259.

Rothwell's Eagle Service project was at the post office in Arona. He braved the snow to install a split-rail fence behind the post office, with the help of Scout leaders, friends and family. The project was dedicated to the memory of Paul Oplinger, Rothwell's pap and lifelong Arona resident.

He is a senior honor student at Yough High School and is also enrolled in the carpentry program at Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center. He is employed part-time at Mazcon Construction of Irwin.

Upon graduation, he plans to attend Westmoreland County Community College to earn an associate degree in welding.

He is the son Randy and Cindy Rothwell of Herminie and Paula and Terry Anderson of Arona.

Morozowich earned his Eagle award in March of 2012, prior to graduating in June as an honor student from Hempfield Senior High School.

For his Eagle Service project he refurbished part of the NHS Human Services Autism School in Herminie, site of the former St. Edward School at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church. Morozowich, fellow Scouts and family worked together to clean, strip and repaint the exterior of the school and its breezeway. They also reassembled the outdoor rock garden at the school. The work they did enables the students to create an outside mural and also enjoy a draft-free walk from wing to wing of the school.

Morozowich is currently an English major at Washington and Jefferson College and plans to enter the field of creative writing with a focus in media after graduation.

He is the son of Donald and Rose Morozowich of Irwin.

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