Local scouts earn highest rank

Jeffrey Saltzman and Gregory Waite. (Photo/submitted)
Jeffrey Saltzman and Gregory Waite. (Photo/submitted)

Westborough – Westborough Boy Scout Troop 100 awarded the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout to Jeffrey Saltzman and Gregory Waite May 26. The ceremony was held at the Evangelical Congregational Church of Westborough, the chartering organization for Troop 100. The rank of Eagle, Scouting's highest, is recognized throughout the world as an especially significant achievement.

Jeffrey Saltzman, son of Debby and John Saltzman of Westborough, joined Troop 100 in the spring of 2006, and served in numerous leadership positions, including instructor and patrol leader.

In addition to earning 22 merit badges, Saltzman was awarded the Order of the Arrow, Scouting's National Honor Society. More than 180,000 members strong, the Order of the Arrow recognizes Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.

For his Eagle project, Saltzman led a team of volunteers to build a large cabinet with doors for the Beth Tikvah Synagogue in Westborough and sorted, labeled, and organized the temple's significant book library. The team spent over 150 hours of service on the project.

An accomplished musician, Saltzman plays drums in multiple bands in and out of school. He was a member of the Westborough High School (WHS) Student Council and Tri-M Musical Honors Society. A recent graduate of WHS, he will attend Tufts University in the fall.

Gregory Waite, son of Carol and David Waite of Westborough, joined the Troop 100 in March 2006. He has served in several leadership positions, including troop scribe, patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader and senior patrol leader.

Waite earned 28 merit badges and was an avid camper participating in summer camp and monthly camping outings.

For his Eagle project, Waite built a mobile cart for the WHS Music Department. The cart is used to store and mobilize a very large amplifier and battery system used frequently at parades, sporting events, graduation ceremonies, and other events. Waite and his team of volunteers spent over 100 hours of service to design, construct, paint, and install the amplifiers and batteries on the cart.

In addition to scouting, Waite is an accomplished musician and plays the trumpet. He has been a member of WHS Marching Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Trim-M Music Honor Society and Community Band, a summer volunteer band that performs at Bay State Commons. This year he was a member of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and with them has performed at Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall and the Sanders Theater.

Also a recent graduate of WHS, Waite will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall where he will major in music education.