LEICESTER – Steven Carroll of Retsof, a member of Boy Scout Troop 85 in Leicester, was recognized during a court of honor in August after achieving the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts, last year.

For his Eagle Scout service project, Carroll led fellow scouts in installing a new swing set at York Central Schools, where he graduated. He also designed and built two benches for teachers to use.

During his time at York, Carroll was a three-sport athlete, a member of the district’s Odyssey of the Mind team and was heavily involved with school musicals.

Carroll actually completed his service project last summer and earned his Eagle Award in December 2019. Due to his return to school and the coronavirus pandemic, his court of honor ceremony took place Aug. 22 at the Celebrate! Church in Leicester.

Carroll’s first scoutmaster, Robert Semmel, served as master of ceremonies at the court of honor. His second scoutmaster, Russ Page, read the Eagle Charge during the ceremony and his third and final scoutmaster, Greg De La Fleur, presented Carroll with his Eagle Award.

Special guest speakers at Carroll’s ceremony included Assemblymember Marjorie Byrnes, R-Caledonia, who presented Carroll with a proclamation from the State Assembly, and Anthony Gullo, York’s head of maintenance, who spoke of Carroll’s project and its benefit to students.

Carroll’s parents also spoke during their son’s court of honor. His father, also named Steve, fought emotion throughout a reminiscent speech while his mother, Lonni, opined: “It takes a village and we are so proud to be a part of this one.”

During the ceremony, Carroll honored a few special people in his life with pins, including his parents. He also presented special mentor pins to those who have made a great impact on his life. Pin recipients included Peter Apps (science teacher, neighbor, confidant and friend); his father, Steve, and his grandfather, Eugene Carroll, who attended the ceremony virtually. Carroll was able to present the special pin to his grandfather in person the next day. After receiving the pin from his grandson, Eugene Carroll, who’s retired from the U.S. and who served in the Korean War, said: “This pin means more than any pin or ribbon I have from the military.”

Carroll joined the Boy Scouts 11 years ago, when he was seven years old. During that time, he’s participated in many events including the Special Olympics, Kiwanis dinners, the York Character Carnival and the Annual Fall Clean Up in Leicester.

Carroll is a sophomore at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, where he studies mechanical engineering.

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