Marlborough student earns Eagle Scout award


Michael MacCormac (Photo/submitted)
Michael MacCormac (Photo/submitted)

Marlborough – Michael MacCormac of Marlborough has earned the Eagle Scout Award, the highest advancement award offered by the Boy Scouts of America. This achievement is reached by only 4 percent of all Boy Scouts. Michael was recognized for his accomplishment in an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony April 1 at the Moose Lodge in Marlborough.

As a member of Troop 303 Marlborough and a brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, Michael has been guided along his road to Eagle by three Scoutmasters: Peter Gowaski, Jay Kanavos and Dennis Mauro. In order to attain the Eagle Scout Award, each candidate must earn 21 merit badges, provide community service, hold leadership positions, and successfully plan, design, and lead a service project benefiting the community. Michael has earned 40 merit badges, contributed nearly 300 hours to community service and, in the role of junior assistant Scoutmaster, guided the advancement of other Scouts within his troop.

As one of the more extensive Eagle service projects undertaken by a Boy Scout, Michael planned, designed and led the construction of a 4.3-mile hiking trail through the forested area around the northern end of the Sudbury Reservoir in Marlborough. Now part of Marlborough’s Panther Trail system, this two-year project involved 31 volunteers who contributed 579 service hours to the community.

Priscilla Ryder, conservation officer for the City of Marlborough, said “I have worked with hundreds of Scouts over the years, and Michael is one of the most dedicated and committed Scouts I’ve ever worked with. A project of this size could have been at least five projects worthy of the Eagle Scout status but he opted to take the whole project on himself and was successful in completion.”

Michael will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute to pursue a major in electrical engineering with a minor in mechanical engineering. He is the son of Bill and Sandy MacCormac of Marlborough.

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